Tuesday June 27, 2017
BIRMINGHAM have received a major boost ahead of Wednesday’s Knockout Cup first leg tie at Perry Barr against Plymouth (7.30).

Both heat-leader Liam Carr and new reserve Taylor Hampshire have declared themselves fit to race as the Surestop Brummies look to build up a healthy advantage ahead of Thursday’s second leg.

Carr crashed heavily whilst guesting for Kent at the Isle of Wight last week while Hampshire suffered a knock to his ankle competing in the Mini-Moto Championships at the weekend.

But the pair have made themselves available for selection – much to the delight of team boss Graham Drury.

“It was vitally important, I feel, that those two were able to line-up in the team on Wednesday because it should be a very entertaining meeting,” Drury said.

“Liam has been terrific towards the top end of the team since he joined and Taylor showed what a crucial reserve he can be when he guested for us against Lakeside last week.

“Plymouth have strengthened up since they visited us in the league by signing Adam Roynon – a quality performer who also likes our Perry Barr track.

“Riders like Henry Atkins and Callum Walker are developing with Plymouth too so I think we’re in for a cracking night of speedway on Wednesday.

“Our aim is to build up as much of a lead as we can to make lives a bit easier for ourselves when we go to their place on Thursday.”

With Kyle Roberts still sidelined through injury, the Brummies welcome Macauley Leek back to the side as an unattached guest reserve.

BIRMINGHAM: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Layne Cupitt, David Mason, Tom Bacon, Liam Carr, Macauley Leek, Taylor Hampshire

PLYMOUTH: Steve Boxall, Richard Andrews, Benji Compton, Henry Atkins, Adam Roynon, William O’Keefe, Callum Walker

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