Pirates back on top

Poole too good for Birmingham

Last Updated: 16/08/12 1:06pm

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Dennis Andersson: Good form for Poole (Pic credit Les Aubrey)

Dennis Andersson: Good form for Poole (Pic credit Les Aubrey)

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Reigning champions Poole Pirates returned to the top of the Sky Sports Elite League table after convincing win over Birmingham Brummies.



Dennis Andersson 15, Chris Holder 14, Darcy Ward 11+3, Ricky Kling 6+2, Linus Eklof 5+2, Sam Masters 4, Krzysztof Kasprzak r/r


Sebastian Ulamek 13, Martin Smolinski 9+1, Danny King 5+1, Josh Auty 4+2, Ben Barker 4, Bjarne Pedersen 3, Jan Graversen 0

The Brummies, who to-date have been the only side to deny Poole a full house at home this year after gaining a draw back in June at Wimborne Road, found themselves on the wrong end of three successive maximum heat scores - the Pirates best start since April 2010.

Whilst the impressive Sebastian Ulamek and partner Martin Smolinksi countered one of those, Dennis Andersson and Darcy Ward banked a fourth such score for the Pirates in heat 5.

Ulamek's sharp gating gave him the advantage over Chris Holder in heat 6 but the Pirates held on to their early 12 point lead as Kling proved too strong for Graversen. Heat 7 was called back after Barker had gone down under first bend pressure and Ward made certain of the victory in the re-run.

Good use of the tactical paid off for the visitors as Auty was quick to get away and Smolinski, wearing the black and white, pulled clear of Swedish due Kling and Eklof, was waved through for the full 8-1 advantage.

Three unbeaten riders lined up for heat 9 and it was Birmingham's Ulamek who came out of it with an unblemished record and suddenly things began to look none too comfortable for the Pirates.

Barker, after squeezing Holder out at the pit turn on lap 1 looked on course to give the visitors another heat advantage in heat 10 but then lost control himself at the same place resulting in his disqualification from the re-run.

Poole took the opportunity with both hands and never looked back from this point onwards, despite Danny King splitting Holder and Kling in the re-run.

Andersson comprehensively beat out-of-sorts Pedersen in heat 11 before Linus Eklof delivered a splendid ride to follow home Ward as Poole stretched their lead and then signed off with three successive 4-2 advantages to ensure all three league points remained in Dorset

Boss Phil Morris said: "The first three races were a shock to the system but we pulled it back and I strategically used the tactical ride in a race without Chris Holder or Darcy Ward, Poole's big hitters, but we came up a bit short in the end.

"It wasn't a good night at the office although Seb was excellent again, and he's so smooth and makes it look so easy."

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