Wednesday May 17, 2023
BIRMINGHAM failed to build on their opening Cab Direct Championship victory as they went down 54-36 at Perry Barr against Edinburgh.

The Curtis Sport Brummies arrived back in the Second City boosted by a 47-42 win at Plymouth on Tuesday.

But as they aimed to add another two league points to their tally, they were well beaten by an Edinburgh side who had failed to win any of their last six meetings.

Birmingham were restricted to just four race winners around their own circuit - three of which came from No.1 Nick Morris.

And team manager Laurence Rogers struggled to hide his anguish.

"It's very disappointing," he said.

"We were on such a high after Plymouth but it just didn't happen for us tonight.

"We were struggling but we weren't out of it with nine races gone.

"Heat Ten was a big turning point though; both our boys (Nick Morris and Alfie Bowtell) had bike problems and that turned what looked like it would've been a 5-1 to us into a 5-1 for them.

"Rather than going level we suddenly found ourselves back eight points down and that hurt us.

"We just weren't firing tonight and we didn't ride how we know we can ride."

Birmingham now have a gap in their schedule to recover with their next fixture at Glasgow on Friday, June 2 with their next team action at Perry Barr on Wednesday, June 7 with Oxford the visitors.

There is racing at the Second City venue on Wednesday, May 31 though as the Club stages the latest round of the British Youth Championship.

BIRMINGHAM 36: Nick Morris 13, Alfie Bowtell 7+1, Justin Sedgmen 6+1, James Wright 4+1, James Pearson 4+1, Joe Thompson 2, Stefan Nielsen r/r
EDINBURGH 54: Craig Cook 14, Paco Castagna 10+1, Rory Schlein 8+2, Jacob Hook 8+2, Lasse Fredriksen 7+1, Kye Thomson 7, Kyle Bickley 0

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