Tuesday August 01, 2017
BIRMINGHAM host Travel Plus National League leaders Belle Vue at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30) – and boss Graham Drury is urging supporters to turn out in force to spur his side on.

A win for the Surestop Brummies would give their play-off hopes a major boost, but know they will have to be at their best against the in-form side from Manchester.

The visitors have booked two of the league’s top riders to deputise as Mitchell Davey and Danny Ayres stand in for Dan Bewley and Lee Payne while rider replacement will operate for former fans’ favourite Jack Smith.

And while Drury admits he did everything he could to try and stage the fixture on a date where the Colts could be at full strength, he is still expecting one of the meetings of the season in a mouthwatering showdown in the second city.

“I desperately tried to get this meeting sorted for a date where the likes of Jack Smith and Dan Bewley weren’t forced to fulfil Premiership commitments because they are two exciting talents at this level,” Drury explained.

“But supporters must understand that Belle Vue came into this league very late, and they also race on Wednesdays on occasions too.

“With us having Cradley racing at Perry Barr too, it was just impossible to find a date when we were all sure that all riders would be available.

“Having said that, in youngsters like Kyle Bickley they’ve still got a team full of potential and capability and have called upon two of the toughest riders you can come up against at this level.

“Mitchell Davey loves our track and always goes well at Perry Barr while Danny Ayres will be desperate to do Cradley a favour while guesting for Belle Vue.

“The two line-ups are full of exciting racers and I think we’re in for one hell of a speedway meeting.

“If we could secure another three league points at home, they could prove to be invaluable as we continue pushing for the play-offs and we need our supporters to be in full voice for the lads on Wednesday.”

With reserve Kyle Roberts still sidelined through injury, Alex Spooner will guest for the Brummies at No.6.

To coincide with the school summer holidays, all children will be admitted for FREE when accompanied by a fully paying adult.

BIRMINGHAM: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Layne Cupitt, David Mason, Tom Bacon, Liam Carr, Alex Spooner, Taylor Hampshire

BELLE VUE: Mitchell Davey, Kyle Bickley, Rob Shuttleworth, Jack Smith R/R, Danny Ayres, Andy Mellish, Luke Woodhull

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