Wednesday August 23, 2017
BIRMINGHAM are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of their season as they host National League leaders Belle Vue at Perry Barr later (Wednesday, 7.30).

The Surestop Brummies have given their play-off hopes a major boost over the course of the past week by bagging nine league points from four meetings.

Their only defeat in that period came away to tonight’s opponents who sit eight points clear at the top, having won their last three fixtures.

Brummies boss Graham Drury is anticipating a highly competitive fixture and believes it could be one of the best meetings in the modern era of the club.

“Since joining the National League in 2015 we really have seen some fascinating encounters with plenty of breathtaking racing,” Drury said.

“I think tonight’s meeting will fall right into that category and the supporters on the terraces are in for one hell of a treat.

“Belle Vue have got a really strong, talented team and they’re top of the league for the reason.

“I’m actually quite disappointed that Dan Bewley is missing for them due to travel arrangements for a big individual meeting this weekend. But they’ve brought in Matt Williamson who loves the Perry Barr track and he’ll keep our lads on their toes I’m sure.

“They’ve also got Jack Smith who was in our title winning team last season and he remains a firm fans favourite with our supporters.

“They’re just solid throughout and they’re a tough team to come up against.

“But we’re more than happy with how our pivotal week has gone so far and hopefully we can take some of that momentum into tonight.

“We put in a very accomplished performance against Mildenhall seven days ago and then we got two important results on the road against Buxton and Cradley.

“We left things late against Buxton, but we achieved our aim of getting the four points available.

“We then went to Cradley and while we were a little frustrated at the time to have let such a decent lead slip, to get a draw at a tough, technical track like Monmore Green really was a terrific result.

“The way I see that one was that it was two huge points added to our tally whereas Cradley will have seen it that they’d dropped two to what they would have been expecting.

“So there is a bit of a buzz about the place again right now and that could be so, so important in a key fixture like this one.

“The fans have been terrific once again this season, but the numbers they turned up in to our away meetings over the weekend was phenomenal.

“I’m sure they’ll be back out in force at Perry Barr and we want them to create an electric atmosphere for the lads and hopefully we can repay them with another win.”

Also tonight, outside the main grandstand, there will be a display of bikes showcasing ‘Speedway Through The Ages’ with an interesting insight into machines from years gone by.

Gates open at 6.15 and a reminder that children under the age of 16 will be admitted for free if accompanied by a fully paying adult.

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

BELLE VUE: Matt Williamson, Kyle Bickley, Rob Shuttleworth, Lee Payne R/R, Jack Smith, Andy Mellish, Luke Woodhull.

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