Tuesday August 07, 2018
BIRMINGHAM co-owner David Mason is anticipating a highly entertaining clash when Kent visit Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies currently sit two-points behind the Kings in the standings.

But a first win in five meetings could see them move back into the play-off positions as they reach the half-way point of their league schedule.

Mason knows the importance of the fixture and is hopeful his side can come out on top in what he says should be a fantastic spectacle.

“I know from my days of riding for Kent that when these two sides meet, there is usually plenty of drama and entertainment,” he said.

“I’m sure that will be the case again because they’re two fairly evenly matched teams on paper.

“Kent have got the potential to run us close, but we’re really hoping our boys can dig deep, take some spirit from their valiant effort against Cradley last week and get back to winning ways.

“In an ideal world, not only will we claim the three points for the win, but we’ll also make sure they leave empty handed as well because that point could be crucial come the final standings.”

Callum Walker misses the meeting under doctor’s advice while Josh Embleton makes his debut at reserve.

And with Leon Flint out injured, there’s also been a late change to the Brummies’ guesting plan.

“Initially we booked Danny Ayres to come in but he’s now got to fulfil work commitments,” Mason explained.

“So we’ve moved quickly to bring in Drew Kemp and, to our cost the other week, we all know what he’s capable of at Perry Barr.

“For 15-years-of-age he’s one of the stars of the future and he proved that by scoring 13 for Mildenhall a few weeks ago as well as winning Heat 15.

“So with Drew coming in, Tom (Bacon) riding how he is, and knowing that James (Shanes) will be pumped up to do well against his old club, there’s no reason why we can’t get the win we want if everyone makes some form of contribution.

“Kent are no mugs though; they’ve got Taylor (Hampshire) who goes well at Perry Barr, Jack Thomas won the British Under-21 Semi-Final there earlier in the year and they’ve got Ellis Perks in for Steve Boxall.

“So it’s going to be a thoroughly entertaining race meeting and it should be a real spectacle for the supporters.”

There will be interval entertainment for junior supporters and the main action will be followed by a Midland Development League fixture between Milton Keynes and the Birmingham ‘Ductair Electrics’ Bulls.

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

BIRMINGHAM: Tom Bacon, Callum Walker R/R, Drew Kemp, Dan Greenwood, James Shanes, Sheldon Davies, Josh Embleton, Tom Spencer (No.8).

KENT: Ellis Perks, Taylor Hampshire, Anders Rowe, Nathan Stoneman R/R, Jack Thomas, Jamie Couzins, Alex Spooner.

MILTON KEYNES: Connor King, Craig Osborne, James Jessop, Stephen Whitehouse.

BULLS: TBC, Rachel Hellowell, Tom Spencer, Bailey Fellows.

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