Wednesday April 26, 2023
BIRMINGHAM conceded a hat-trick of late maximums as they were beaten 52-38 by Redcar at Perry Barr.

The visitors had opened up a six point lead by Heat Six, but the Curtis Sport Brummies raced their way back into contention and trailed by just two points after Heats Nine and Ten.

The Bears came biting back though and struck three 5-1s in the final five races to seal victory in the BSN Series clash.

It means it's three defeats out of three now for the Brummies and team manager Laurence Rogers knows his side need to turn a corner soon.

"The lads pulled it back really well and we thought we stood a chance - sadly it ran away from us," he said.

"They got a surprise 5-1 in Heat 11 when Richard Lawson team rode Connor Bailey home with Sedgy (Justin Sedgmen) in third.

"Heat 13, Richard tried to anticipate the start, he penalised himself as he was last going into bend one yet the referee went and put the red lights on more-or-less straight away.

"Richard then came back out and won the re-run in a 5-1 with Danny King and that pretty much did the job for them.

"For me, we missed Ty Proctor tonight down in that reserve berth; he'd got a new engine ready for here and if he'd have ridden it could've been a different story I feel.

"He's really not well though; he went to his doctors this morning, they sent him to A&E for blood tests so we send him our best wishes.

"We gave it a decent go overall though; there were a few positives for some of the boys to take away with them and Zach Cook was excellent as guest once again - I'm just disappointed we couldn't get anything out of it in the end after pulling back so close.

"We need to get things right before the league starts and it would be nice if we could do that in the Cup next week."
Nick Morris top scored for the second home meeting running with 12 points while guest Zach Cook picked up three race wins on his way to double figures.

Stefan Nielsen continued to edge towards true form and ended his night on a real high, beating Perry Barr favourite Danyon Hume to win his first race since sustaining injury last July.

James Pearson had another steady night at reserve while Alfie Bowtell battled harder than his two points may suggest.

Skipper Justin Sedgmen and stand-in reserve Joe Thompson both endured nights to forget.

The Curtis Sport Brummies are back in action next Wednesday (May 3, 7.30) when they host Scunthorpe at Perry Barr in the first leg of their Knockout Cup tie.

BIRMINGHAM 38: Nick Morris 12, Zach Cook 10+1, Stefan Nielsen 6, James Pearson 5, Justin Sedgmen 3+1, Alfie Bowtell 2, Joe thompson 0
REDCAR 52: Richard Lawson 13+1, Danny King 11+3, Charles Wright 9, Jason Edwards 5+1, Jake Mulford 5+1,Connor Bailey 5, Danyon Hume 4+2,

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