Tuesday April 04, 2017
BIRMINGHAM launch their new season with a mouthwatering derby clash against rivals Cradley at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

And boss Graham Drury says it’s a good way to start the campaign both on and off the track.

Drury wants to see his Surestop Brummies given a tough test ahead of their league campaign – and a bumper crowd to support them in this West Midlands Trophy showdown.

Cradley were handed a confidence boost with a big win over King’s Lynn in one of their home meetings at Perry Barr last week – they are racing a handful of meetings there alongside Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green.

Said Drury: “Cradley won comfortably against King’s Lynn last week and I think we’re in for one hell of a meeting.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s only a challenge match or not, we want the bragging rights and we want to send a message out to the rest of the league.

“In this year’s National League, there’s 12 teams and there are no clear favourites and no stand-out teams.

“We’ve all got two or three riders of maybe unknown ability and it could be that the title will be decided on those riders who progress the most.

“This meeting gives our new boys a great chance to get settled in ahead of our first league fixture against King’s Lynn on Good Friday.

“Cradley will provide a stern test and I think that will set us up nicely for the year ahead.”

Cradley are without Conor Dwyer who has suffered concussion after a crash at Wolverhampton on Monday in the second half racing. They will use the rider replacement facility.

BIRMINGHAM: Tom Bacon, Chris Hay, Darryl Ritchings, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Danyon Hume, Macauley Leek, Layne Cupitt.

CRADLEY: Danny Ayres, Conor Dwyer R/R, Dan Greenwood, Luke Harris, Tom Perry, Ryan Burton, Joe Lawlor.

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