Wednesday July 19, 2023
BIRMINGHAM boss Stewart Dickson described his side’s 54-36 home defeat to Poole as ‘unacceptable’.

For the fourth time in five home Cab Direct Championship fixtures, the Curtis Sport Brummies could only muster up 36 points on another disappointing Perry Barr display.

The reigning Champions taught the hosts a lesson in gating as they dominated proceedings from the off, racing into a ten point lead with just three races gone.

That was extended to 18 points as early as Heat Seven before Alfie Bowtell and Stefan Nielsen combined for the first home 5-1 of the night.

The visitors kicked on though and sealed victory with four races to spare with the Brummies ending on a plus with a second 5-1 as Troy Batchelor ensured he finished on ten points for the third straight home meeting.

Said Dickson: “The first two or three races basically killed the meeting which is not acceptable.

“Realistically by Heat Seven it was definitely all but over but nevertheless I got the riders in for a wee chat shall we say and told them in no uncertain terms that it was unacceptable.

“I know Poole are a very good side, but that should never be happening against anyone on your home track.

“The bottom line is, we let ourselves down and we let the supporters down again unfortunately.

“People are turning up expecting better results and right now I can only apologise.

“This is really hard for me to take and right now it’s really difficult to put my finger on.

“But I have to be blunt and admit that I have to look at doing something else in terms of bringing in another points scorer because we’re still fighting for that sixth place to get us into the play-offs.”

Brummies have got two away fixtures next week with the return at Poole on Wednesday (July 26, 7.30) before a trip to Scunthorpe on Friday, July 28 (7.30).

That’s before a crunch next home clash at Perry Barr on Wednesday, August 2 (7.30) when Plymouth are the visitors - one of the sides also hopeful of sneaking into the play-offs.

BIRMINGHAM 36: Troy Batchelor 10, Danny King 7+1, Justin Sedgmen 6, Stefan Nielsen 5+1, Alfie Bowtell 4, Sam Hagon 3, Paul Starke 1+1
POOLE 54: Richard Lawson 11, Ben Cook 10+2, Steve Worrall 9+1, Kyle Newman 8+2, Zach Cook 8+1, Anders Rowe 5+1, Adam Roynon 3

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