Wednesday July 10, 2019
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers felt the scoreline didn’t reflect his side’s efforts at Somerset.

Edwards Plumbing Brummies were beaten 55-35 at the Oak Tree Arena as their away day woes continued.

Rogers pointed towards the absence of injured pair Tero Aarnio and Ashley Morris as an influential factor in the end result, but insists the 20-point defeat didn’t tell the whole story.

“When people see that score they’ll think that Somerset had it easy,” Rogers said.

“But for the first half of the meeting we kept them on their toes, we gave them plenty to think about and we gave it a real good go.

“Somerset notoriously come on strong as the meeting goes on and that was the case again here; they finished with five heat advantages in the last seven races and that killed us in the end.

“We really missed Tero and Ash and we need them both back pretty soon - but full credit to Ellis Perks who came in as a guest and was solid pretty much more-or-less all night.

“It’s disappointing in the end but there are some positives we can take forward with us.”

Brummies pair Adam Ellis and Nick Agertoft were slow away from the gates compared to their rivals as the hosts opened with a 5-1 before five out of the next six races were shared.

The only exception came when Italian Paco Castagna was able to split Rory Schlein and Todd Kurtz in the sixth shortly after Somerset threw away a 5-1 When youngster Henry Atkins lifted uncontrollably on the third lap of the fourth.

And Atkins’ luck was out once again for the Rebels when he retired in Heat Eight whilst sitting comfortably in third. That gifted a point to Agertoft in his first away meeting in British Speedway and with skipper James Shanes fending off Kurtz, Brummies had their first advantage of the evening and moved back to within four.

Former Perry Barr favourite Ben Barker led a 5-1 guesting for the Rebels though in Heat Nine before the Schlein/Kurtz pairing combined for their third successive advantage of the night with the scores 35-25 in their favour.

Ellis got a flyer in Heat 11 with Shanes also picking up another third place, but Somerset’s top end strength proved too much in the closing stages as they rounded off the night with a hat-trick of maximums.

Brummies now prepare for another tough trip to Glasgow on Friday (7.30).

SOMERSET 55: Rory Schlein 13+2, Chris Harris 13+1, Ben Barker 10+1, Valentin Grobauer 7+1, Todd Kurtz 7, Anders Rowe 5+1, Henry Atkins 0.
BIRMINGHAM 35: Ellis Perks 9+2, Adam Ellis 9, Paco Castagna 7+2, James Shanes 7+1, Danyon Hume 2, Nick Agertoft 1, Tero Aarnio R/R.

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