Thursday June 01, 2023
BIRMINGHAM head to Glasgow in the Cab Direct Championship on Friday (June 2, 7.30) "“ and they've been forced to re-declare their team.

The Curtis Sport Brummies signed Dan Thompson as a 28-day injury replacement for Stefan Nielsen last week.

But the teenager is part way through a mandatory 12-day period out having, apparently, sustained concussion after the conclusion of Heat Eight in Leicester's Sports Insure Premiership clash at Peterborough on Monday.

While the Brummies intend to recall Thompson as soon as his enforced time on the sidelines is up, they will be operating rider replacement for Nielsen in the meantime.

The trip to Scotland is Birmingham's first action since their heavy home defeat to Edinburgh just over a fortnight ago.

And team boss Laurence Rogers is, naturally, looking for an improved display from his side.

"Of course it's a massive blow and piece of bad luck to have Dan taken away from us before he's even raced for the Brummies, but we just have to knuckle down and get on with it," he said.

"Glasgow is never an easy place to go to but they were beaten by Redcar on Tuesday night so that shows they're far from unbeatable.

"Of course it requires a full team effort but I think our heat-leaders can have a big say in a fixture like this.

"Sedgy (Justin Sedgmen) knows the place very well and Nick (Morris) is a former Glasgow rider too.

"Wrighty (James Wright) has continued working on his fitness behind the scenes, so if they can all ride to their full capability, and the rest of the team do their respective jobs as well, then there's no reason why we can't come away with a positive result."

GLASGOW: Chris Harris, Marin Nowak, Benjamin Basso, Claus Vissing, Tom Brennan, Lee Complin, Ace Pijper.
BIRMINGHAM: Nick Morris, Alfie Bowtell, James Wright, Stefan Nielsen R/R, Justin Sedgmen, Joe Thompson, James Pearson.

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