Wednesday July 17, 2019
BIRMINGHAM suffered another injury blow as well as a home defeat as Redcar came away from Perry Barr with a 53-37 victory.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies were already facing an uphill battle when No.1 Adam Ellis crashed out of the meeting in Heat 13 in an unfortunate tangle with team-mate Danyon Hume.

The home duo were second and third in the race with Hume holding a good third place over Jake Allen – but he straightened on the third bend and clipped the back wheel of his team-mate, sending both riders down.

Hume walked away but Ellis was withdrawn with a suspected broken collarbone, and with that went any realistic chances of a home win.

The opening part of the meeting hadn’t gone according to plan either as the Brummies conceded advantages in the first two races with the Bears proving quicker from the gate.

Ellis was unusually on the end of a Heat 1 5-1, and skipper James Shanes couldn’t quite catch Nathan Greaves in the next – with the former Cradley rider playing a key part at reserve for the visitors.

Birmingham gradually worked their way back into the meeting with guest Danny Ayres making a smart pass on Jordan Stewart in Heat 3, but they had to wait until Heat 7 for their first race advantage.

Ellis came in as a tactical substitute and defeated Michael Palm Toft with Paco Castagna adding third place – and Castagna then swept around Allen in Heat 9 as the Brummies narrowed the gap to two points.

But the match went away from them again in the next two races as they initially held a 5-1 in Heat 10 only for Shanes to drop to the back and then slide off when battling with Stewart.

And in Heat 11, Ayres was penalised for moving at the start and the Bears took full advantages with a 5-1 from the Erik Riss/Kasper Andersen combination.

Shanes kept the Brummies in it with a fine ride to win Heat 12, but disaster struck in the next with the crash between Ellis and Hume – and there was further carnage in Heat 14 when Hume spun on turn two and was collected by Ayres, although at least on this occasion both walked away.

The match was long gone by that stage and the Bears made the final margin very harsh on the hosts with their late flurry of points as Riss completed a 15-point maximum.

Boss Laurence Rogers said: “I think it’s the line I’ve used most since taking over as team manager last year but if we didn’t have bad luck, we wouldn’t have any luck at all.

“It’s not looking good for Adam and we await the full extent and confirmation of his injuries but it now means three of our top four riders are on the injured list.

“We should know more on Tero (Aarnio) and Ash (Morris) very soon but it’s still another massive blow.

“We hadn’t got off to a great start conceding two heat advantages in the first two races but we did battle back well to get ourselves in contention again.

“But disaster struck again and we just can’t believe it.”
Brummies bosses are now scrambling to put any form of makeshift side together for their trip to Redcar on Friday (7.30) with eight of the 11 Championship sides in action and facilities and options restricted.

BIRMINGHAM 37: Adam Ellis 12, James Shanes 11, Danny Ayres 7, Paco Castagna 6+1, Nick Agertoft 1+1, Danyon Hume 0, Tero Aarnio R/R.
REDCAR 53: Erik Riss 15, Nathan Greaves 10+2, Michael Palm Toft 9+2, Jake Allen 7+1, Jordan Stewart 6+1, Kasper Andersen 5+3, Tom Woolley 1.

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