Friday June 07, 2024
BIRMINGHAM CEO Nigel Tolley admits his riders ‘didn’t quite get their act together’ collectively as they bowed out of the Knockout Cup.

The Curtis Sport Brummies were beaten 51-39 at Ipswich on Thursday, resulting in a 14 point aggregate defeat.

New signing Freddie Lindgren top scored on his debut, winning three of his five rides.

Tom Brennan was also in double figures whilst Wiktor Lampart also achieved two race wins.

Justin Sedgmen and Piotr Pawlicki struggled before both finishing with a second place whilst it was another frustrating night for Rising Star Leon Flint.

“I just don’t think we were all hitting form at once,” Tolley said.

“Take Piotr for example, it’s the first time he’s ridden on this track but towards the end he was starting to get to grips with it and he’ll be better for that when we come here in the league again.

“It’s a difficult track, it’s very different to Perry Barr and it’s certainly different to anything he’s used to in Poland.

“Remember though, this is our first year back in the Premiership and we are a fledgling team.

“We didn’t quite get our act together in this one but if all seven riders hit form at the same time, we can go places.”

Tolley was more than pleased with Lindgren’s maiden appearance in the club’s colours.

But he was also impressed with how the Swedish Champion gelled with his new team-mates instantly and thinks he will rub off on them as the meetings go by.

“Freddie was talking to the team and suggesting changes,” Tolley said.

“Freddie has great maturity, he thinks situations through and the rest of the team can learn from him.”

The Brummies are now facing a two-and-a-half week break until their next fixture against King’s Lynn at Perry Barr on Monday, June 24 (7.30pm) in the ROWE Motor Oil Premiership.

IPSWICH 51: Keynan Rew 14+1, Chris Harris 11+1, Sam Masters 9+1, Adam Ellis 6+2, Emil Sayfutdinov 6+1, Jordan Jenkins 5+1, Dan Thompson R/R.
BIRMINGHAM 39: Fredrik Lindgren 12, Tom Brennan 10, Wiktor Lampart 8+1, Justin Sedgmen 4, Piotr Pawlicki 3, Leon Flint 2+1, Steve Worrall R/R.
Ipswich win 97-83 on aggregate

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