Wednesday April 27, 2022
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers is confident his side are edging in the right direction despite another defeat on the road on Wednesday.

It was a second successive 54-36 loss for the Curtis Sport Brummies, this time at reigning Champions Poole.

And whilst the result leaves the Perry Barr side without a league point from their opening four fixtures, there were a few plusses that Rogers and his team can take into their first home meeting next Wednesday (May 4, 7.30) against Scunthorpe.

The Brummies registered the highest tally by an away side at Wimborne Road so far this season - and even received some plaudits from Poole promoter Danny Ford.

British Champion Adam Ellis bagged double figures for the fourth straight Championship meeting while Ashley Morris and Stefan Nielsen produced their highest scores of the league campaign so far.

Club captain Morris achieved paid double figures for the first time while Nielsen managed a 7+2 contribution, including a win in Heat Two against his former side.

Elsewhere, No.1 Claus Vissing endured a tough night down in Dorset while James Shanes and youngster James Pearson both pushed the opposition in their opening rides before fading as the night went on.

Said Rogers: “It was a bit of a similar story to our last couple of away meetings to be honest.

“We pushed the opposition fairly hard in the first half of the meeting and were still in with a shout of a league point.

“But we just allowed our opponents to pull away in those last three races again and that’s something we need to nip in the bud.

“As I said in the build-up to tonight though, there was nothing for us to lose coming here because everyone expected Poole to win.

“We didn’t let Poole have it all their own way though and for that, there are some positives we can take into our next meeting - and that is now a very important meeting in our season.”

POOLE 54: Steve Worrall 13+2, Danny King 12, Richard Lawson 10+2, Ben Cook 9, Zach Cook 6+1, Drew Kemp 3+1, Nathan Ablitt 1+1.

BIRMINGHAM 36: Adam Ellis 12, Ashley Morris 9+2, Stefan Nielsen 7+2, Claus Vissing 5, James Shanes 2+1, James Pearson 1, Josh Auty R/R.

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