Thursday April 21, 2022
BIRMINGHAM will be without Josh Auty for their trip to Scunthorpe on Friday (7.30).

The experienced Brit will miss the clash against his former, long-term employers after suffering a suspected broken leg in Wednesday's abandoned home fixture with Berwick.

It's another big blow for the Curtis Sport Brummies who were hoping Auty's knowledge of the Eddie Wright Raceway circuit could help them register their first league points of the season.

But team boss Laurence Rogers says his side must do everything they can to remain upbeat.

"If we didn't have bad luck at the moment we wouldn't have any luck at all," Rogers said.

"Josh hit the kickboards hard on Wednesday and if his injury is as bad as first feared then he's facing quite a lengthy spell on the sidelines unfortunately.

"Our thoughts and best wishes go to Josh - but as a team we have to quickly turn out attentions to our next meeting.

"We were all frustrated by Wednesday's abandoned meeting with Berwick, but we haven't got the time to feel sorry for ourselves.

"We will overcome that latest hurdle put in our way and it's good that we have an away meeting to look forward to to help us look ahead.

"Scunthorpe are always tough opponents on their home track and they've already shown that by beating an in-form Leicester side comfortably last week.

"So we know it's not going to be easy but we have to go there with confidence and belief and believe that we can come away with something."

Birmingham will operate rider replacement in Auty's absence, with his programmed outings able to be shared between his Curtis Sport Brummies' team-mates, excluding No.1 Claus Vissing.

SCUNTHORPE: Ryan Douglas, Simon Lambert, Jordan Palin, Jake Allen, Tero Aarnio, Ryan Kinsley, Zaine Kennedy.

BIRMINGHAM: Claus Vissing, James Shanes, Josh Auty R/R, Ashley Morris, Adam Ellis, Stefan Nielsen, James Pearson.

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