Saturday May 26, 2018
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers reckons his side’s upcoming fixtures against Midland rivals Coventry will be pivotal in their quest for National Trophy glory.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies travel to Leicester’s Paul Chapman and Sons Arena tomorrow (3pm) before hosting the former Brandon side at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

It was Coventry who shot to the top of the Northern Group on Monday though after an impressive win at strongly fancied Cradley.

But the Brummies know that back-to-back wins over the Bees would put them in the driving seat.

And while Rogers admits that’s no easy task, he says his side couldn’t be in much better shape ahead of the two contests.

“The boys have started the season brilliantly,” Rogers said.

“We’ve had six meetings as a team so far, we’ve got six wins to our name all by impressive margins and we want to keep our 100 per cent record going for as long as we possibly can.

“All of the lads have shown some encouraging signs at some point and they’re only really starting to get properly dialled into the season now.

“Even for Jack (Parkinson-Blackburn) on Wednesday, he hasn’t raced competitively for over six months but he was so glad to be back at it, he looked like he’d never been away, he got a couple of race wins to his name and that augers well.

“Even for Arran (Butcher) at reserve, it’s a big ask for him at this level because he hasn’t got too much experience behind him yet.

“But he’s someone I know pretty well and I believe he can score some important points for Birmingham this year.

“So the boys are in good spirits which is important and these are going to be two really important fixtures now.

“Everyone expected Cradley and their cherry picked team to run away with this group, but their home loss at the start of the week has dealt them a blow already and now it’s down to us to capitalise and take things into our own hands.”

The Brummies will operate rider replacement for Layne Cupitt who is unavailable due to a prior family commitment. Callum Walker, Leon Flint and Arran Butcher are all eligible to take his rides.

COVENTRY: Connor Mountain, Luke Harris, Luke Ruddick, Danny Phillips, Jon Armstrong, Jamie Halder, Ryan MacDonald.

BIRMINGHAM: Tom Bacon, Layne Cupitt R/R, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Callum Walker, Danyon Hume, Arran Butcher, Leon Flint.

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