Tuesday July 31, 2018
BIRMINGHAM go head-to-head with fierce rivals Cradley at Perry Barr on Wednesday (August 1, 7.30) with a place in the National Trophy final on the line.

With just a single point separating the two sides at the top of the Northern Group, it’s a case of winner takes all with Mildenhall awaiting the victors.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies track the same seven riders that fell to a 50-40 defeat at home to Plymouth last week, while the Heathens continue to cherry pick their side from attached riders in the opposite section.

They hand 2018 National Trophy debuts to former team members Ellis Perks and Richard Andrews and also bring in former Brummie Taylor Hampshire at reserve.

And with big-hitter Ben Morley also drafted in as a guest for the unavailable Drew Kemp, the Brummies know the size of the task ahead of them.

But team boss Laurence Rogers insists his riders are fired up for the ding-dong derby and has called on the Perry Barr faithful to play their part too.

“When you look at Cradley’s line-up for this fixture, they’ve chosen their riders carefully and cleverly and they’ve got strength throughout,” Rogers said.

“When you combine the averages of the riders they’ve brought in, their supporters and management will strongly fancy their chances.

“We know it’s going to be the toughest meeting of the season so far for us, but our boys know what this means to our supporters and they will give it their absolute best.

“If we can make some fast starts and unnerve them early on then there’s no reason why we can’t win this fixture despite Cradley being confident they will progress through to the final.

“Their fans will travel in numbers and on behalf of the management team and the Birmingham riders themselves, I’m calling on the Brummies supporters to turn out in their droves and shout loudly and proudly for the boys – they have got a big part to play and they can make a big difference as our eighth man.

“We’ve got Danyon (Hume) and Mitch (Davey) coming along as well to help the boys behind the scenes and fingers crossed we can cause an upset in a final fixture decider because Cradley were expected to runaway with this group at the beginning of the competition.”

All-action star James Shanes will be available for autographs and pictures between 6.15 and 6.45 in the lower main grandstand bar while a track walk with some of the competing riders will take place around 6.50.

There will be interval entertainment once again for attending junior supporters and the club will also be holding their annual Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund collection.

The main action will be followed by an Inter-League Challenge between the Birmingham Ductair Electrics Bulls and the Reading Racers.

Admission is £13 adults, £12 concessions, £3 juniors (12-16) while kids 11 and under go FREE.

BIRMINGHAM: Tom Bacon, Callum Walker, Leon Flint, Dan Greenwood, James Shanes, Jamie Sealey, Sheldon Davies.
CRADLEY: Alfie Bowtell, Jason Edwards, Ben Morley, Kyle Bickley R/R, Ellis Perks, Richard Andrews, Taylor Hampshire.

BULLS: Jamie Sealey, Rachel Hellowell, Tom Spencer, Bailey Fellows,
READING: Dan Gilkes, Rhys Laker, TBC, Stephen Whitehouse.

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