Tuesday April 11, 2017
BIRMINGHAM have suffered another injury blow ahead of their National League opener at King's Lynn on Wednesday (7.30).

Surestop Brummies' Chris Hay has been ruled out of the clash with the Young Stars after picking up a wrist injury.

It comes after the Brummies lost teenage reserve Kean Dicken to a broken tibia last month however, Brummies boss Graham Drury is backing his side to put up a good fight at The Adrian Flux Arena.

Said Drury: "Chris raced in the Pride of the Potteries at Stoke on Sunday and knocked his wrist, it's aggravating him quite a bit and we are yet to discover the full extent of the damage done.

"We have no option but to use rider replacement in his absence, but I'm still confident we can go to King's Lynn and get a result. There were plenty of encouraging signs in our challenge against Cradley last week and the team are desperate to get off to a good start.

"I am particularly looking forward to seeing how Layne Cupitt goes at his former track and our returning lads were extremely impressive last season.

"Jack Parkinson-Blackburn severely damaged two of his bikes at the weekend but has even sacrificed an individual goal to ensure he is ready for Wednesday's meeting."

KING’S LYNN: Josh Bailey, Lewis Whitmore R/R, Ryan Kinsley, Scott Campos, Danny Phillips, Connor Locke, Taylor Hampshire.

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

Meanwhile Danyon Hume will be Birmingham's sole representative in tonight's (Tuesday) British Under-21 Semi-Final at Peterborough.
Jack Parkinson-Blackburn has withdrawn from the event to focus on getting his equipment ready for the trip to Norfolk as well as Good Friday's home league fixture at Perry Barr against the Young Stars (7.30).

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