Sunday April 30, 2017
BIRMINGHAM go head-to-head with Stoke on Monday in a big Bank Holiday derby clash at Perry Barr (3pm).

The Surestop Brummies are aiming to make it three out of three in the National League after convincing wins over King’s Lynn and Plymouth.

Graham Drury’s side will be without Danyon Hume, who suffered a badly broken arm at Poole on Wednesday, but hand a debut to new signing Kyle Roberts.

With a bumper crowd expected, Drury believes the fans have a key role to play in helping the club maintain their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

Said Drury: “It certainly hasn’t been the smoothest of rides so far with injuries and the retirement of Chris Hay, but we’ve got a cracking bunch of lads and nothing will keep them down.

“It’s a massive blow to everyone hearing what happened to Danyon earlier in the week, but it’s only made the lads more determined to get the job done because he’s a smashing lad who’s liked by all.

“Our other heat-leaders know they need to step up to the plate even more so than usual and I think if Layne (Cupitt) continues to ride how he has been doing then I don’t see any reason why we can’t pick up another win.

“For Macauley and Kyle, this is going to be another afternoon of invaluable experience for them and we know for sure they’ll be going out there and giving it 100 per cent.

“Since we joined the National League in 2015, when the going gets tough, everyone connected with the club really does pull together.

“That family feel around the club has been pivotal to our back-to-back league titles and sticking together again will be key this year.

“We’re anticipating a big crowd on Monday and it would be great for the supporters to make as much noise as they possibly can for all of the lads.”

Stoke include experienced third tier racers Tony Atkin and Luke Priest and are lead by Mitchell Davey, who helped the Brummies secure the play-off win over Eastbourne as a guest last year.

Birmingham speedway welcome fans both old and new and children (aged 6-16) will be admitted for just £2.00 while children five and under get in FREE!

Supporters should note that gates will open at 1.45pm.

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

STOKE: Mithell Davey, Shaun Tedham, Ryan Terry-Daley, Tony Atkin, Luke Priest, David Speight, David Wallinger.

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