LAKESIDE v BRUMMIES, PREVIEW

Thursday July 27, 2017
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury believes his side have got nothing to lose when they travel to Lakeside on Friday (8pm).

The Surestop Brummies moved above the Hammers and back into the play-off zone following Wednesday’s 54-36 home win over the Isle of Wight in what was the first of ten fixtures in four weeks.

Teenage ace Taylor Hampshire suffered a nasty eye injury after crashing at Perry Barr – but Drury is confident he’ll be good to go at The Arena-Essex Raceway.

“Taylor was in a lot of pain with his eye but he was very fortunate in the fact that he was lucky he didn’t suffer even worse injuries with the crash that he had,” Drury said.

“He had a quick spin after the meeting and he felt okay so he should be fine for Friday.

“Lakeside have got a tremendous home record this season as you’d expect on such a tight and technical race track – but they’re not unbeatable.

“They haven’t been at home for a few weeks so it would be nice if we could go there and catch them out in the early stages and then who knows from there.

“Our top five lads were terrific on Wednesday and they’re all full of confidence which is great.

“Outsiders will fully expect Lakeside to continue their unbeaten home record – but that suits us just fine.

“The lads will be going there and giving it 100 per cent and if we could get something out of the meeting then great as every single point is crucial.”

The Brummies have booked Lewis Whitmore to guest at reserve while David Mason heads back to face the club who released him earlier this season.

LAKESIDE: Paul Hurry, Nick Laurence, Ben Morley, Alfie Bowtell, Zach Wajtknecht, Jamie Couzins, Connor Locke

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

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