PLYMOUTH v BRUMMIES, PREVIEW

Thursday August 10, 2017
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury has challenged his side to earn their first away win in almost two months when they head to Plymouth on Friday (7.15).

The Surestop Brummies have suffered three consecutive defeats on their travels, failing to secure a consolation league point on each occasion.

But the Perry Barr outfit are still well and truly in the mix for an end-of-season play-off place.

The trip to Plymouth is the first of six crucial fixtures in the space of two weeks for the Brummies and Drury says a win against the Devils would give his side some much needed momentum.

"Everything we've worked so hard for this season now comes down to this run of meetings we've got coming up," said Drury.

"The scrap for the top four places is incredibly tight and every single point is going to be vital.

"We know what our target is over these next few matches and if we could get a result at Plymouth then that would certainly start this run off nicely.

"We still firmly believe we can accumulate enough points to make those play-offs - but we need to step things up another level now."

The Brummies will be without three of their riders for Friday's fixture.

Kyle Roberts remains out injured with Alex Spooner coming in at reserve and Isle of Wight Captain James Cockle deputises for Tom Bacon who is on SGB Championship duty with Peterborough.

But David Mason is also missing as boss Drury explained.

"When we signed David, we were fully aware that he'd got a two week holiday booked up.

"He booked it during that period where he was without a club and was ready to pack up Speedway.

"So while it's not ideal from the team point of view, he goes with our blessing as he was up front and honest about it before we agreed a deal.

"He has been brilliant both on and off the track since joining us and he's played a key role in helping keep our play-off hopes alive.

"But now it's time for the rest of the lads to dig even deeper and they're determined to make up for David's points between them."

PLYMOUTH: Steve Boxall, Richard Andrews R/R, Benji Compton, Henry Atkins, Adam Roynon, TBC, Paul Bowen

BIRMINGHAM: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Layne Cupitt, James Cockle, David Mason R/R, Liam Carr, Alex Spooner, Taylor Hampshire

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