Elite League Speedway: Birmingham miss chance to go top
Last Updated: July 27, 2013 11:11am
Martin Smolinski: Led Birmingham home (Pic Credit Aaron Lupton)
Birmingham missed the chance to go top of the Sky Sports Elite League after they only just edged to a 48-46 home win over Eastbourne Eagles.
A bumper crowd turned up at Perry Barr and the Brummies were cruising after 10 heats, as they led by 14 points, but then a couple of tactical rides saw the visitors come back into the meeting.
Results and scorers:
Martin Smolinski 10+1, Nicolas Covatti 8+1, Danny King 7, Ben Barker 7, Jason Doyle 6+1, Chris Harris 6, Josh Auty 4+1n
Cameron Woodward 16+1, Bjarne Pedersen 9+2, Simon Gustafsson 8, Timo Lahti 6+2, Kim Nilsson 6+1, Kyle Newman 1, Lukas Dryml R/R
Maciej Janowski 17, Troy Batchelor 11+2, Josh Grajczonek 9, Darcy Ward 8+2, Micky Dyer 7+3, Rohan Tungate 5, Thomas H Jonasson R/Rn
BELLE VUE 34
Ulrich Ostergaard 8+2, Kevin Wolbert 8+1, Matej Zagar 7, Magnus Zetterstrom 5, Craig Cook 4, Ales Dryml 2+1
KING'S LYNN 47
Niels-Kristian Iversen 13+1, Kozza Smith 13+1, Rory Schlein 7+2, Mads Korneliussen 7, Lasse Bjerre 3, Andzejs Lebedevs 2, Richie Worrall 2
Patrick Hougaard 13+1, Joonas Kylmakorpi 10+1, Krzysztof Buczkowski 6+1, Kenneth Bjerre 6, Mikkel Bech 4, Dakota North 4, Norbert Kosciuch R/R.
This was followed by two 5-1 maximums, which meant the scoreline going into the final heat was 45-43 - but the home side were relieved to see German star Martin Smolinski to the win to secure the victory.
However, Eastbourne pair Bjarne Pedersen and Cameron Woodward followed Smolinski home which gave them an away point and stopped Birmingham taking all three points which would have lifted them above league leaders Wolverhampton on points difference.
The home side were solid rather than spectacular with only Smolinski hitting double figures, whilst Easbourne owed plenty to Australian international Cameron Woodward who produced an outstanding display with paid 17.
Poole remain firmly in play-off contention as they climbed into fifth with a comfortable 57-34 win over Belle Vue Aces at Wimborne Road.
Polish star Maciej Janowski was in spectacular form with 17, dropping just one point. Indeed Poole were strong throughout with guest Troy Batchelor also impressing with paid 13.
Such was Poole's dominance they did not even need star Darcy Ward to ride in the final heat.
Belle Vue managed just three wins all evening, and the fact reserve Ulrich Ostergaard was their top scored with just 8+2 summed up their evening on the South Coast.
King's Lynn play-off charge continues to stutter as they failed to take maximum points at home to bottom of the table Peterborough as they could only manage a 47-43 win at the Norfolk Arena.
Niels Kristian Iversen (13+1) and Kozza Smith (13+1) were in excellent form, but any substantial back-up was lacking.
The Panthers pushed hard and took the meeting to a last heat decider, before being denied by Iversen - but they still did enough to take their first away point of the season.
Patrick Hougaard's outstanding form of late continued as he claimed paid 14, whilst recent recruit Joonas Kylmakorpi performed well with 10+1.