Elite League Speedway: Birmingham move into second
Birmingham Brummies moved to second in the Elite League after claiming a 46-46 draw at Poole Pirates.
Last Updated: 15/06/13 4:50pm
The Brummies produced an excellent team display and even lead by ten-points after 8 heats, but Poole though fought back and even briefly went ahead before the visitors claimed a deserved draw in the final heat.
Birmingham now have skipper Danny King at number one but he struggled with only three points - but Ben Barker at number two showed outstanding form as he top scored with 12.
2013 sensation Martin Smolinski (8), former Poole man Jason Doyle (8) and Chris Harris (7+3) also scored well as Birmingham gained two league points.
Poole's miserable season show few signs of abating and they were even forced into a tactical ride, something before this season was only too rare at Wimborne Road.
World champion Chris Holder did his part with 14 whilst, Przemyslaw Pawlicki rode well for 12 - but they just did not have enough to take the win.
Birmingham team boss Phil Morris even admitted his side were disappointed in the end, not to take the win.
And team boss Phil Morris was feeling mixed emotions after the meeting.
He said: "It's a bit of a strange one really - obviously we're happy to get two points but we're a little disappointed not to get the win on the night after being ten points up.
"It's a bit frustrating but we've got to be happy to go to a place like Poole when they are near enough at full strength and take a point."
Defending champions Swindon Robins moved up to fourth after a comfortable 59-36 win over Coventry Bees at the Abbey Stadium.
Swindon dominated proceedings as they limited Coventry to just three heat wins all evening.
Hans Andersen maintained his excellent form this season with a paid maximum, but it was Peter Kildemand who top-scored with paid 14.
Indeed every Robin enjoyed a good evening and a heat win, with the exception of young guest Cameron Heeps - but even he had a paid victory.
Coventry had skipper Scott Nicholls in good form for paid 15, whilst Krzysztof Kasprzak had an archetypal up and down evening with just seven points from five rides and six of those were from one tactical win.
Team boss Alun Rossiter was happy with maximum points and said: "It was everything I wanted - we got together, knuckled down and I was really pleased with the performance."