Sunday April 01, 2018
BIRMINGHAM head to Kent on Monday (3.30) for the first leg of their Easter Cup Challenge - but will be without skipper Mitchell Davey.

The 28-year-old is required to ride for Premiership club Swindon in their Knockout Cup double-header against Rye House.

Edwards Plumbing Brummies bosses have booked Georgie Wood as a guest replacement - a rider who won the Championship league title with Sheffield last season.

Co-promoter David Mason is keen to see his side produce a battling display at Central Park - and hopes his side can tee up an exciting second leg at Perry Barr on Wednesday (April 4, 7.30).

Said Mason: "Kent is one of my former clubs and their promoter Len Silver is someone I go way back with.

"From a personal point of view, as a co-promoter myself, it's going to be good to lock horns with Len's side over two legs and they should be two great meetings.

"Kent look pretty solid to me this year so it's going to be another good early challenge for our riders.

"The result of these meetings aren't everything - but of course I would love to get one over Kent and Len!

"There's no reason why the boys can't go and win on Monday, but if they don't then I'd expect them to keep it close enough to make Wednesday night an interesting one back on home shale."

KENT: Luke Bowen, Anders Rowe, Nathan Stoneman, Taylor Hampshire, Jack Thomas, Alex Spooner, Jacob Clouting.

BIRMINGHAM: Tom Bacon, Layne Cupitt, Georgie Wood, Callum Walker, Danyon Hume, Arran Butcher, Leon Flint.

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