BRUMMIES GO CLOSE

Friday September 24, 2021
BRUMMIES’ Play-Off dreams were agonisingly ended despite a fierce battle at Glasgow.

An inspired performance by Chris Harris led the visitors' charge but it wasn’t quite enough as they went down by 49-41 at Ashfield Stadium.

It means that they miss out on the Play-Off places by just one point behind Edinburgh and Scunthorpe.

Harris, who scored 15 from six rides, admitted: “It was a shame really. The boys tried so hard but I think the damage was done earlier in the season when we lost meetings we should have won. But that’s speedway.

“This is a tough place to come especially when the track was as slick as it was tonight.

“But we also had to be without Paco (Castagna) and he would have enjoyed it here. That was a blow to not have him.

“However the boys here all did their bit, everyone chipped in with something but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s not been a bad season really. We’ve been unlucky at times and that’s probably cost us a bit.

“But considering Birmingham didn’t have a good 2019 and now just missed out on the Play-Offs this year is unfortunate but shows progress. We’ll re-group and come back next year.

“Obviously I like a bit more dirt on a track but it produced great racing again here tonight and that’s what it is all about. I was desperate to get one race win over Craig Cook. Every time I’ve been here the last few years he’s beaten me.

“He’s tough to beat here and if you get one over him, you’ve ridden well. I just outfoxed him a little bit with a bit of experience in the last race!”

Brummies were just two points down after Heat 6 and then just four behind after Heat 9 following a tactical ride 4-2 from Harris and Erik Riss.

But the home side managed to keep the visitors at arm’s length from then on with the Glasgow reserves making all the difference with paid 23 between them.

Brummies truly missed the scoring power of Castagna but it was a solid display to back Harris with a stand-out show from Jack Thomas with nine.

GLASGOW 49: Craig Cook 14, Connor Bailey 10, Marcin Nowak 9+4, Tom Brennan 7, Ricky Wells 5, Broc Nicol 3+1, Sam Jensen 1.

BIRMINGHAM 41: Chris Harris 15, Jack Thomas 9, Erik Riss 6+2, Ashley Morris 5, James Shanes 4+2, Drew Kemp 2, Connor Coles 0.

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