BRUMMIES DRAW WITH SCUNTHORPE - AGAIN!

Wednesday September 04, 2019
FLYING Finn Tero Aarnio was the last heat hero for Birmingham to salvage a 45-45 draw against Scunthorpe in a Perry Barr thriller.

Aarnio, a former Scunthorpe rider, produced a stunning double pass in Heat 15 to end a run of four straight defeats for the second city outfit and secure a second draw in the less than a month with the Scorpions.
It was a cagey start to the night at Perry Barr with re-runs for starting offences in the opening three heats.
Birmingham got the night off to a perfect start with an opening heat maximum courtesy of Tobias Thomsen and Adam Ellis.
The visitors hit back with a 5-1 of their own in the following heat despite a battling effort from the returning Tom Perry.
Former Perry Barr favourite Ben Barker then produced an electric start from gate three to take the chequered flag in a Scunthorpe 4-2.
Guest Steve Worrall then took the long route around the outside of the Scunthorpe duo on the opening bends of heat four to romp to victory as the home side levelled the scores for a second time.
In the following race, home pairing Thomsen and Ellis made it back-to-back maximums with Ellis holding off the hard-charging Jake Allen.
Barker’s fine form continued with a second race win in the first of two Scorpions heat advantages to reduce Birmingham’s lead to just two points at the halfway stage.
Three shared heats on the trot followed with another win for home guest Worrall and the third of a hat-trick of victories for Barker.
The run of shared heats was broken in Heat 12 after a classy opening lap from Aarnio saw him take the chequered flag for a second time.
Dave Peet’s side pegged back the Brummies in the penultimate race of the night levelling the scores with the unbeaten Barker leading home Simon Lambert for a 5-1 to set up a nail-biting last heat decider.
The away side gated on another 5-1 but just when it looked like Scunthorpe would take the three points, Aarnio made a textbook cutback to fly past both riders on the backstraight of the penultimate lap to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat.
Team boss Laurence Rogers said: “Some people will say we snatched it but for me we should’ve won.
“In Heat 9 there was controversy when Tero Aarnio got thrown out of the race when Ryan Kinsley touched the tapes first.
“I was adamant the referee (Dave Watters) was wrong and I’ll give him his due, he came and spoke to me after the meeting, told me he’d watched it back and held his hands up.
“But that doesn’t help us much now and it’s frustrating because it’s proved to be a costly decision.
“I thought it was a great meeting with positives to take out of it for the team though, particularly the way Tero and Tobias rode.
“Jason (Garrity) was taken ill this afternoon and he’s still having tests in hospital to see if they can get to the bottom of it.
“But we thank Stevie Worrall for stepping back in at short notice and he had a solid night too.”
Brummies return to Perry Barr next Wednesday (September 11, 7.30) for their final home meeting of the season against Berwick.
BIRMINGHAM 45: Tero Aarnio 11, Tobias Thomsen 10, Adam Ellis 8+3, Steve Worrall 8, Tom Perry 5+1, Paco Castagna 3, Nick Agertoft 0.
SCUNTHORPE 45: Ben Barker 14, Simon Lambert 12+2, Jake Allen 9+2, Josh Auty 6, Ryan Kinsley 2+1, Stefan Nielsen 2, Danny Ayres R/R.


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