Thursday April 13, 2017
BIRMINGHAM get their home league campaign up and running on Friday when they host King’s Lynn Young Stars at Perry Barr (7.30).

The Surestop Brummies will be looking to build on Wednesday’s 54-36 away win over the Young Stars from which they picked up the maximum four league points available.

Boss Graham Drury admits he was impressed with his side’s performance in Norfolk and is now challenging them to replicate that on home shale.

“To start our league campaign off the way we did the other night was ideal; it’s sent a feel good factor through the camp early on and now it’s important to keep that rolling,” Drury said.

“I’m aware we’ll face stiffer tasks than King’s Lynn but we can only race against what’s put in front of us.

“I understand King’s Lynn’s philosophy of how they build their team and what they’re trying to achieve is totally different to us.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Buster Chapman and what he and his promotion are trying to do there but even he had to praise our youngsters.

“Obviously, like them, we are trying to develop some of the great British youth talents of the future as well, but we’re a standalone club and we want success as a group alongside that.

“Obviously we can’t afford to be complacent, but if we can hit 54 points away from home, you’d hope we could build on that on our own track.

“Having said that, King’s Lynn are capable of so much more and if they can get out in front then I think we’ll see some entertaining racing.

“Bank Holiday fixtures are traditionally well attended at Perry Barr and we’d love to see another big crowd on Friday too.

“We urge our own supporters to spread the word, bring a relative, bring a friend along and let’s do everything we can to get them hooked on speedway!”

Chris Hay will miss the fixture once again with a wrist injury, with Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Layne Cupitt and Macauley Leek eligible to take the rider replacement rides.

The Young Stars will be without Josh Bailey, who is representing their senior team in the SGB Premiership, and have booked Stoke racer Luke Priest to guest at No.1

The Young Stars also include British Under-21 Finalist Danny Phillips as well as Midland Development League Riders’ Champion Taylor Hampshire at reserve.

Admission is £13 adults and seniors, £2 children aged 6-16 while kids five and under go FREE!

The new-look programme for the 2017 season, which this week includes an exclusive insight into the life of Layne Cupitt, will also be on sale for £2.50. Supporters are asked to bring the correct change if at all possible.

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

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

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