Elite League Speedway: Birmingham miss chance to go top
Birmingham missed the chance to go top of the Elite League after they only just edged to a 48-46 win over Eastbourne.
Last Updated: 27/07/13 11:11am
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.
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.