PREVIEW: BRUMMIES v POOLE

Tuesday July 26, 2022
BIRMINGHAM aim to complete a 100 per cent home record in the Championship Jubilee League when they host Poole on Wednesday (July 27, 7.30).

The Curtis Sport Brummies recorded their biggest win of the season a fortnight ago when Plymouth visited Perry Barr before last week’s late turnaround against Oxford saw them move to the top of the Southern Group.

However, it is Wednesday’s opponents who remain firm favourites to progress through to the Final.

They have raced just one meeting in the competition so far – and gained all four points on offer from their trip to Plymouth last Tuesday.

It means they have three meetings in hand on the Brummies, placing extra importance on the sides’ two clashes this week.

Birmingham head to Dorset on Friday (July 29, 7.30) but first it’s a second head-to-head with the Pirates in the Second City this season.

The Brummies were eventually well beaten 55-35 by the reigning second tier Champions back in May – despite pushing the Pirates in the opening half of the meeting.

And while Poole will head to the West Midlands in confident mood once again, Birmingham can certainly take some plusses from their own recent home form.

They’ve won four out of the last five in all competitions at Perry Barr and captain Ashley Morris wants to see the Brummies head into the meeting with an upbeat approach as they aim to upset the odds.

“We’ve been digging deep and battling our way to some home wins lately,” he said.

“We’ll definitely need to do the same again against Poole; everyone knows they’re a strong team this year.

“But anything can happen on the night.

“We know we can ride our own track now, we’d all just like a bit more consistency.

“If we approach it with some confidence, get out those gates and get off to a good start then you never know.”

Brummies have called on two riders who did themselves proud the last time they guested for the club.

Lewis Kerr scored double figures against a dominant Glasgow side while British youngster Jason Edwards scored seven important points from reserve in the home win over Plymouth.

Meanwhile there’s a first guest booking for Aussie Kye Thomson who produced a steady display on his visit with Edinburgh back in June.

BIRMINGHAM: Lewis Kerr, Stefan Nielsen, Kye Thomson, Ashley Morris, Justin Sedgmen, Jason Edwards, James Pearson.

POOLE: Steve Worrall, Drew Kemp, Danny King, Zach Cook, Richard Lawson, Ben Cook, Nathan Ablitt.

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