Saturday April 02, 2022
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers is backing his side to bounce back after their 58-32 defeat at Berwick on Saturday.

The home side were rampant from start to finish on the big Shielfield Park track and Rogers' men had no answer.

They managed only three heat wins from the 15 races "“ two from British Champion Adam Ellis and one for reserve Stefan Nielsen "“ in a tough opening Championship encounter.

And Chris Harris, who has raced for Birmingham over two spells, notched 11 on his Berwick debut after signing for them when uncertainty surrounded Birmingham's future.

But Rogers is refusing to press the panic button as the Curtis Sport Brummies prepare to face Leicester in their opening home meeting of the year this Wednesday.

"The team will need time and whilst this is a disappointing start we will get better," he said.

"We've got three strong heat-leaders, with a good engine room of the team behind them and the potential for some big points from down at reserve.

"We've got plenty of riders who I can see upping their starting average and I'd be very disappointed if this group of boys didn't make the play-offs.

"Just as important though is getting people through the gates "“ we need the public to turn out in their numbers week after week as we really don't want this to be the last season of Speedway at Birmingham.

"Too many people have worked too hard for that so let's get winning on track and let's give the team and the consortium the support they deserve."

Wednesday's meeting is a cup clash with club bosses hoping to see a big response from fans after the club was saved during the winter.

The new consortium have invested thousands into the purchase of the club, track improvements, the team and other aspects of the business.

BERWICK 58: Jye Etheridge 12+2, Chris Harris 11, Leon Flint 9+2, Theo Pijper 7, Kyle Bickley 7, Ty Proctor 6+1, Ricky Wells 6+1.
BIRMINGHAM 32: Adam Ellis 10, Claus Vissing 7, Ashley Morris 4, Stefan Nielsen 4, James Shanes 3+1, James Pearson 2+1, Josh Auty 2.

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