Monday July 11, 2022
BIRMINGHAM are ready to launch their Championship Jubilee League campaign with back-to-back fixtures against Plymouth – and have drafted in some real popular, crowd pleasers to their side.

The Curtis Sport Brummies head to the South West on Tuesday (July 12, 7pm) before hosting the Gladiators at Perry Barr on Wednesday (July 13, 7.30) in the competition previously advertised as the Summer Trophy.

Fans’ favourite Paco Castagna is back for the two fixtures following a successful guest booking in the win over Redcar last month – he steps in for Claus Vissing who is serving a 28-day ban for withholding his services.

Meanwhile, with Josh Auty still sidelined with a broken leg, former Brummies’ man Ulrich Ostergaard steps in for the away trip while there’ll be another night of entertainment in the Second City guaranteed with Edinburgh’s all-action Aussie Josh Pickering looking to produce similar breathtaking moments, just as he did when he guested in last month’s league win over the Gladiators.

Plus, with James Shanes called up to the FIM World Long Track Challenge in France, talented British youngster Jason Edwards, who was recently snapped up by King’s Lynn in the top-flight, deputises at reserve.

Team manager Laurence Rogers says it’s a far from ideal situation having only four regular riders in their line-up but insists he’ll continue to pick the best guests available for the supporters.

“With everything going on at the moment we’re definitely depleted and we’re almost like a Brummies Select for the time being," he said.

“Nevertheless, it is what it is, this Jubilee mini league is a chance to press reset for us if you like a little bit and there’s group points up for grabs.

“With the facility given to us by the BSP, I will try and get guests as regularly as I can who can not only come in and score some important points for the team, but who we know will provide 100 per cent commitment to the cause, who will put on a show for our supporters and who the Birmingham supporters can relate to and take a liking to where possible.

“We know going to Plymouth will be tough because they’ve picked up some very good results down there this season.

“But we’ll give it our best before coming back to Perry Barr on Wednesday where we’ve already shown a few weeks ago that we’re more than capable of beating them.”

PLYMOUTH: Ben Barker, Alfie Bowtell, Kyle Howarth, Michael Palm Toft (if fit), Hans Andersen, Harry McGurk, Ben Morley.
BIRMINGHAM: Ulrich Ostergaard, Stefan Nielsen, Paco Castagna, Ashley Morris, Justin Sedgmen, Jason Edwards, James Pearson.

BIRMINGHAM: Josh Pickering, Stefan Nielsen, Paco Castagna, Ashley Morris, Justin Sedgmen, Jason Edwards, James Pearson.
PLYMOUTH: Ben Barker, Alfie Bowtell, Erik Riss, Michael Palm Toft (if fit), Hans Andersen, Ben Morley, Harry McGurk.

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