Winning run ends

PUBLISHED: 19:17 06 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:15 24 May 2010

Birmingham Brummies 49 Somerset Rebels 41 SOMERSET Rebels unbeaten away run in the Premier League came to an end with this defeat at Birmingham, but by restricting the Brummies to an eight-point margin of victory, the Rebels leave themselves in prime pos

Birmingham Brummies 49 Somerset Rebels 41SOMERSET Rebels unbeaten away run in the Premier League came to an end with this defeat at Birmingham, but by restricting the Brummies to an eight-point margin of victory, the Rebels leave themselves in prime position to claim the aggregate bonus point when the teams meet at the Oak Tree Arena tonight.On a track where gating was to be of paramount importance, given the slick and 'one line' nature of the track, Somerset skipper, Magnus Zetterstrom got the team off to an excellent start in winning Heat 1 ahead of Birmingham's Ulrich Ostergaard, but with Stephan Katt finding it difficult to come to terms with the Perry Barr track, the opening heat was shared.In recent weeks, the reserve position has come up trumps for the Rebels, but the difference between the teams was in the returns posted by the respective reserve riders, Birmingham outscoring their Somerset counterparts 20-7 in that department.In saying this, however, after a poor first race, Simon Walker battled back during the rest of the meeting to score valuable points for the Rebels, none more so than in Heat 14 when he rode a forceful final bend to snatch a point away from Birmingham's Ben Powell.Walker's achievements were all the more commendable when it transpired after the meeting that he was suffering from a hand injury sustained as a result of team mate Ritchie Hawkins falling in Heat 6.Coming off the first bend, Hawkins picked up drive which caused the bike to rear up, throwing the Somerset number five to the track, the bike hitting the safety fence. Riding right behind his partner, Walker was lucky not to hit Hawkins, but bizarrely was hit himself by a piece of wood thrown up by the impact of Hawkins' bike hitting the kick-boards.Leading from the front, Magnus Zetterstrom dropped just one point to the opposition, that coming in the final heat when he just failed to get the better of Brummies' skipper Jason Lyons as the riders came off the first turn.So while the Rebels tasted defeat for the first time on the road this year in the Premier League, they can look back on it still being a good solid performance. However, such is the measure of the team this season they will probably look back on this as two possible points dropped in their quest for a top four Premier League play-off slot.

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