BRUMMIES TAKE ON CHEETAHS

Monday July 18, 2022
BIRMINGHAM are gearing up for a big 24-hour period in their Championship Jubilee League programme with home and away fixtures against Oxford.

The Curtis Sport Brummies head to Sandy Lane on Tuesday (July 19, 7.30) before hosting the Cheetahs back at Perry Barr on Wednesday (July 20, 7.30).

After an opening defeat at Plymouth, Laurence Rogers' men pulled off the club's biggest win of the season against the Gladiators in the Second City last week to keep their hopes of qualification alive.

Earlier this season, Birmingham claimed their only away victory at Oxford - and while the Cheetahs repaid the compliment at Perry Barr the following night, Rogers sees no reason why they can't pull off the double this time around.

"That would be nice wouldn't it?," Rogers said.

"Two wins would be ideal as we're in quite a strong group alongside Plymouth and Poole as well and to have any chance of progressing, we almost certainly need an away win somewhere.

"Oxford is one place we've already won at this year and looking at the line-ups, I believe we can go there and push them all the way again.

"Conditions were a bit of a leveller on two wet tracks when we both won at each other's track earlier in the season.

"But with the team we've got, on paper I believe we are more than capable of doing the double."

With Josh Auty's comeback from a broken leg delayed once again, Claus Vissing continuing to serve a 28-day ban for withholding his services and James Shanes' season now over after suffering a broken arm, broken ribs and a bruised lung, Rogers has been buys booking who he feels are the best available guests to deputise.

In-form British youngster Tom Brennan will feature in both meetings while Paco Castagna and Jason Edwards are back again for Tuesday's away fixture after playing their part against Plymouth last week.

Proving ever-so popular at Perry Barr due to his all-action style and dedication to the team's cause, despite him being a guest, Josh Pickering will ride in Birmingham colours for a third time at home on Wednesday with Plymouth's Alfie Bowtell stepping in at reserve.

TUESDAY'S TEAMS:
OXFORD: Scott Nicholls, Dillon Ruml, Paul Starke, Aaron Summers, Troy Batchelor, Cameron Heeps, Jordan Jenkins.
BIRMINGHAM: Tom Brennan, Stefan Nielsen, Paco Castagna, Ashley Morris, Justin Sedgmen, Jason Edwards, James Pearson.

WEDNESDAY'S TEAMS:
BIRMINGHAM: Josh Pickering, Stefan Nielsen, Tom Brennan, Ashley Morris, Justin Sedgmen, Alfie Bowtell, James Pearson.
OXFORD: Scott Nicholls, Paul Starke, Jack Thomas, Aaron Summers, Troy Batchelor, Cameron Heeps, Dillon Ruml.


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