It was not the result the Belle Vue Colts had wanted on home turf, but the Birmingham Brummies once again flexed their National League potential with a 40-50 win in Manchester on Friday.
The challenge presented by the visitors was not unanticipated, particularly with the feisty Leon Flint at No.7, and the Cool Running Colts remained steadfast in their resolution to win.
But the momentum was on the side of the visitors for the majority of the night and even despite their best efforts the Mancunians were unable to prevent their first home loss since October 2016.
Skipper Jack Smith led the charge for his team, bagging 12 points while Kyle Bickley added 9+1 and local lad Joe Lawlor, returning after a minor work-related injury, added 7+1 to the Colts’ tally.
Smith said: “We anticipated a challenge from Birmingham. They’re one of the best teams in the league and I don’t think we expected anything less than the performance they gave us.
“We’re disappointed to say the least. Everyone tried their absolute hardest but it just wasn’t our night. A few of the lads had bike problems and were ultimately struggling with track conditions.
“But there’s no taking anything away from the Brummies. They were the better team on the night and they certainly had secret weapon in Leon Flint. It was difficult for our reserves to match him.
“We’ve really got to focus on picking up points on the road to compensate going forward. We can’t afford anymore blips like this one if we hope to make the play offs this season.”
The Rentruck Aces meanwhile are riding on the crest of a wave ahead of their blockbuster fixture against the Poole Pirates on Monday, June 25 at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium.
Tickets for this mouthwatering meeting are now available at www.bellevueaces.co and at the stadium box office on race night.
RESULT - BELLE VUE V BIRMINGHAM - FRIDAY JUNE 22
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts 40: Jack Smith 12, Kyle Bickley 9+1, Joe Lawlor 7+1, Ben Woodhull 6+1, Paul Bowen 3, Tom Perry 2, Kean Dicken 1+1
Birmingham Edwards Plumbing’ Brummies 50: Leon Flint 16, Tom Bacon 13, James Shanes 11+1, Danyon Hume 7+1, Layne Cupitt 1, Callum Walker 1, Arran Butcher 1
National League Points: Belle Vue 0 Birmingham 4