Tuesday May 03, 2022
BIRMINGHAM are targeting their first league win of the season when they host Scunthorpe at Perry Barr on Wednesday (May 4, 7.30).

The Curtis Sport Brummies have endured a tough start to the Championship campaign, but the management and riders are keen to kickstart things against the Scorpions.

Boss Laurence Rogers has booked former British Under-21 Champion Kyle Howarth to guest for the injured Josh Auty.

And with new averages coming into play, Stefan Nielsen comes into the main body of the team with James Shanes dropping down to reserve.

It promises to be another challenge for the Brummies though with the visiting Scorpions including former Brummie Tero Aarnio as well as in-form Wolverhampton racer Ryan Douglas.

But Rogers is keen for his riders to send the Perry Barr faithful home with a smile on their face on Wednesday night.

“We have to beat Scunthorpe,” Rogers said.

“We’re now into May and we need to get up and running.

“We have had some real bad luck up to now but we have to look forward.

"All of the lads have had some positives from the meetings they’ve done with the Brummies so far and we just need everyone to deliver on the same night now.

“Scunthorpe have got some very capable riders in their team this year so it’s going to need all seven Brummies on it to get that first victory we so desperately want and need.”

A reminder that Perry Barr will now have two ambulances and two paramedics at each meeting.

BIRMINGHAM: Claus Vissing, Stefan Nielsen, Kyle Howarth, Ashley Morris, Adam Ellis, James Shanes, James Pearson.
SCUNTHORPE: Ryan Douglas, Zaine Kennedy, Jordan Palin, Tero Aarnio, Jake Allen, Ryan Kinsley, Simon Lambert.

MEANWHILE, the Birmingham Consortium have listened to the views of the supporters over the re-admission arrangements following the abandoned meeting against Berwick, caused by Josh Auty’s unfortunate accident and the lack of NHS ambulance to take him to the hospital.

Having already dug deep to fund an extra ambulance and paramedic for all other home meetings this season to ensure the same situation does not arise again, they have also been considering the supporters and what they can do for them.

Whilst it is not appropriate to deviate from the official re-admission policy agreed between all clubs and the BSPL, they have decided to offer a free programme to supporters who come along with their Berwick re-admission ticket.

While they appreciate that not everyone always buys a programme, they hope that the supporters will see it as a gesture of goodwill from the Directors who place maximum importance on the interests of both riders and fans.

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