Tuesday April 09, 2019
BIRMINGHAM head to Somerset on Wednesday for their second Championship Shield fixture of the season (7.30).

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies put up a creditable fight at Eastbourne on Saturday, before eventually slipping to a 52-38 defeat.

But team boss Laurence Rogers insists there are positives that can be taken forward into what he reckons is a fixture his side can get something out of.

“There’s still a lot more to come from some of the boys who are yet to get fully firing, but the more meetings they get under their belt, the bigger the chance that the points will start to flow.

“We learn in every meeting though and we head to Somerset with a positive attitude once again.

“They’ve gone very top heavy this year but I think we really have to target their lower order; they’ve got two or three talented riders who’ve got the potential to grow into good riders, but we’re hoping to capitalise on their inexperience at this level.

“Somerset is probably one of the fairer tracks in the country as the majority of riders enjoy going to ride there.

“So hopefully we can make some good starts, show some good speed and come away with some points.”

Brummies are at full strength for the trip to the Oaktree Arena, with Kyle Newman and Zach Wajtknecht facing their old side, while the hosts include former Birmingham riders Chris Harris and Nico Covatti.

SOMERSET: Rory Schlein, Todd Kurtz, Valentin Grobauer, Nico Covatti, Chris Harris, Anders Rowe, Henry Atkins.

BIRMINGHAM: Ulrich Ostergaard, Tobias Thomsen, Zach Wajtknecht, Ashley Morris, Kyle Newman, Paco Castagna, James Shanes.

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