DEPLETED BRUMMIES PUT UP BRAVE FIGHT

Friday July 19, 2019
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers felt his makeshift side were unlucky to leave Redcar with nothing to show for their efforts.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies lost 51-39 on Teesside - yet could have even taken a league point from the fixture in the last race.

But they couldn’t find the 5-1 required and ultimately failed to add to their Championship tally for a fifth meeting in a row.

Boss Rogers said: “When you consider we were without three of our top four riders through injury, that’s not the worst result in the world.

“Obviously to lose another meeting is disappointing, but the odds were stacked against us from the start and we were always underdogs.

“So to have to call in two guests at such short notice and run rider replacement, to go into the last race with the opportunity of getting something out of the meeting deserves more credit than it will probably get.

“I actually think we were worthy of getting something out of the meeting too and for one or two very questionable decisions by the local referee, we may well have done just that.

“Paco (Castagna) clearly passed Nathan Greaves on the run to the line in Heat Three to earn the third place point and almost everybody in the pits saw it too - including people connected to Redcar.

“That would’ve meant we’d have still been within four and not six and little things like that can have an impact believe it or not.

“Again in Heat Nine, Danyon (Hume) was excluded for coming down on the opening bend, despite being left with nowhere to go and that left us with only one rider in the re-run and again it was another frustrating decision.

“As I’ve said though it was a battling performance from the group of riders we’d got together for this one and full credit to our guests Ty Proctor and Ulrich (Ostergaard) too who I thought did themselves really proud.

“We have to keep on battling as a team and as a club and now our attentions turn to the next one.”

Proctor top scored with 11 while Ostergaard ironically posted his best score of the season for Birmingham. The Dane started the season with the Brummies before being axed after a difficult spell, but performed well against another of his former employers from the season.

Fans’ favourite Paco Castagna also impressed along the way while skipper James Shanes enjoyed a steady evening down at reserve.

Brummies are hoping for some positive news on the injury front ahead of Wednesday’s home clash with Somerset at Perry Barr which includes a special £10 admission offer for local football season ticket holders as well as free admission for kids aged 11 and under.

REDCAR 51: Charles Wright 10+1, Jordan Stewart 10, Kasper Andersen 9+2, Michael Palm Toft 8, Lewis Kerr 7+1, Nathan Greaves 6+1, Tom Woolley 1.
BIRMINGHAM 39: Ty Proctor 11, Ulrich Ostergaard 10+1, Paco Castagna 9, James Shanes 5+3, Nick Agertoft 2, Danyon Hume 2, Ashley Morris R/R.

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