Wednesday July 12, 2023
BIRMINGHAM co-owner Nigel Tolley says he was proud of how his competing riders applied themselves on a testing night at Perry Barr.

The Curtis Sport Brummies were eventually beaten 53-36 at home to Glasgow who continued their 100 per cent record in the Cab Direct Championship.

But an already tough test was made even harder for the Brummies when shortly before start time, No.1 Nick Morris was deemed unfit to race with no facility granted.

It meant the hosts were reduced to just six riders with only reserves Alfie Bowtell and Sam Hagon permitted to cover his programmed rides.

Nevertheless the Brummies battled away and they kept themselves within five points of second placed Glasgow with nine heats gone.

But the visitors gained a greater margin with four heat advantages in the final six races as Birmingham ran out of steam.

Said Tolley: “Under the circumstances I thought that was a brave effort from our six riders.

“Taking on second place in the league who had won all five of their league fixtures to date is hard enough - but that becomes one huge mountain to climb when your No.1 is ruled out before a wheel is turned.

“Remember as well, this was only Troy’s (Batchelor) second meeting for us, it was Paul’s (Starke) first competitive meeting In a month and Stefan’s (Nielsen) first in almost two months.

“So to run Glasgow as close as we did up until Heat Nine, I was very proud of the riders.

“We understand the frustration and disappointment of the supporters - we share that right now and we will update everyone on the situation with Nick as and when we can.”

Brummies are back at home next Wednesday (July 19, 7.30) when they host reigning Champions Poole.

BIRMINGHAM 36: Alfie Bowtell 14, Troy Batchelor 10, Justin Sedgmen 5+1, Paul Starke 3, Sam Hagon 3, Stefan Nielsen 1, Nick Morris DNR.
GLASGOW 53: Chris Harris 15, Tom Brennan 11+2, Claus Vissing 9+2, Benjamin Basso 7+1, Lee Complin 5, Ace Pijper 4+1, Marcin Nowak 2+1
Glasgow win the aggregate bonus point

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