|Wednesday, September 1, 2021||7:30 pm||Championship||2021|
BIRMINGHAM kept their Championship play-off hopes alive by toppling leaders Poole 49-41 at Perry Barr.
The Pirates were reduced to five riders when Stefan Nielsen crashed out in Heat 1, but a tight contest still ensued with Steve Worrall and former Brummies star Danny King in top form.
But two 5-1s to the hosts in Heats 11 and 14, both involving reserve Paco Castagna (11+1) secured victory, and Chris Harris then inflicted the only defeat on King (14) in Heat 15 with Erik Riss third to leave the Pirates point-less from the meeting.
Birmingham boss Laurence Rogers said: “That was a superb performance – we said we’d be going for it, and we certainly did, and it was nice to deny them a point in the process!
“They were unlucky with losing Stef, hopefully he’ll make a quick recovery from his injuries, and of course it was tough for them being down to five riders.
“But there were three important 5-1s for us during the meeting, including Ash (Morris) and Paco in Heat 14 to seal it, and the boys were on it.”
Poole promoter Danny Ford said: “Once we lost Stefan, we knew we faced a steep uphill battle, but I was proud of the way the lads dug in and kept us in the match all the way through.
“In the end we couldn’t quite get the reward I felt we deserved but right now our thoughts are with, and best wishes go to, Stefan.
“He was in a considerable amount of discomfort, and we fear that he has sustained a punctured lung, broken ribs and a suspected collarbone break too.”
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