BRUMMIES v ISLE OF WIGHT, PREVIEW

Tuesday July 25, 2017
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury says Wednesday’s home clash against the Isle of Wight is a must win meeting as his side begin a crucial run of fixtures (7.30).

The Surestop Brummies face ten meetings over the next four weeks as they bid for a top four finish.

Despite currently sitting outside the league’s top four, Drury insists his side have it all to play for and insists their destiny is in their own hands.

“This is a pivotal month or some coming up for us now and the lads know what they’ve got to do,” Drury said.

“We’ve got some tough meetings coming up so we’re going to have to dig deep as a team, but we’re more than capable of putting a string of results together and with how tight the league is this year, that’s what we’re definitely going to need to do.

“It goes without saying that we need to step things up on the road a little and we also need to make sure we win all of our remaining home meetings.

“The fans are going to have a huge role to play and we need them making as much noise as possible for the lads to give them that extra bit of encouragement.”

The reigning Champions will hand a National League debut to 19-year-old local lad James Chattin as guest reserve against the Warriors at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

Said Drury: “I’ve said to James that as a speedway rider he’ll always remember the first time he rides for a team in a league match, and it’s good that we can give these youngsters the opportunity.

“It’s particularly nice for James because he’s worked at the stadium for the last two years, and there can’t be many riders who have started going to speedway as a flag marshal, spent two years doing that, and then go into the team!

“I’ve no doubt he should be able to ride corners three and four, as he’s seen more riders going around there than anyone else, and the lad deserves a chance.

“I have my people out and about watching the riders going out at different tracks in second halves and so on, and the reports I’ve had back from meetings at Peterborough and Scunthorpe say how much he’s progressed, he’s very keen and enthusiastic.

“He’s a local lad, living just down the road, so I’m pleased to give him the opportunity – this is what the National League is all about!”

Birmingham will also hold their annual Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund collection at the track on Wednesday and mascot Ben will be on hand for those supporters who fancy a selfie!

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

ISLE OF WIGHT: Ben Wilson, Chris Widman, James Cockle, Scott Campos, Connor Coles, Adam Portwood, Jamie Sealey

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