Saturday September 15, 2018
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers admits maximum points are a must for his makeshift side at Buxton on Sunday (3pm).

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies currently sit in the National League’s top four, but are also going to need to rely on other results going their way if they are to seal an end-of-season play-off place.

Tomorrow’s opponents Buxton have endured a nightmare campaign, losing all of their league fixtures.

But Rogers is looking for a ruthless performance from his team.

“We’ve had one big win at Buxton already this season and we need another one this weekend,” Rogers said.

“Four league points are a must to keep the pressure on the teams around us.

“We know because Eastbourne and Coventry have got meetings in hand that they’re more fancied to reach the top four, but stranger things have happened in speedway and we’re certainly not giving up.

“Everything may have gone against us in terms of injuries and things like that this season but we’re still battling right down to the end and it’s full credit to all involved.

“Again we’ve had to rely on guests for this weekend but in Georgie Wood, Max Clegg and Joe Lawlor, I’d like to think we’ve picked very wisely and hopefully they’ll come in and do a job for us.

“They’re all having good seasons at this level and Cleggy in particular has got his mojo back in recent weeks and has been riding like his old self.

“It’s a good opportunity for the two reserves Sheldon (Davies) and Josh (Embleton) to contribute some good points again and we just want a smoothly run fixture with no dramas.”

Sunday’s meeting forms part of a double header at the Hi-Edge Raceway with Buxton also hosting Coventry in a second meeting (4.45).

Meanwhile injured captain Tom Bacon has been released from hospital and is now back at his Coventry home.

The 25-year-old had an operation earlier in the week after sustaining a burst fracture of the L2 vertebrae at Mildenhall last weekend.

BUXTON: Ben Wilson, Lewis Whitmore, Connor Coles, Tom Woolley, James Cockle R/R, Kieran Douglas, Corban Pavitt.

BIRMINGHAM: Georgie Wood, Callum Walker R/R, Joe Lawlor, Leon Flint, Max Clegg, Sheldon Davies, Josh Embleton, Tom Spencer No.8.

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