BELLE VUE v BRUMMIES, PREVIEW

Thursday August 17, 2017
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury says his side have nothing to lose to when they head to league leaders Belle Vue on Friday (7.30).

The Surestop Brummies moved back into the National League play-off zone with a 51-39 home win over Mildenhall on Wednesday – in front of one of the biggest crowds of the season.

Now their busy run continues with a trip to the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester where they’ll face a Belle Vue side who have won all eight of their home meetings this year.

Said Drury: “Belle Vue have assembled a very handy side this season and the expectation at the start of the year was that not too many teams would run them close around their home track.

“That’s proved to be the case so far and we’re fully aware of the challenge ahead of us.

“We know it’s going to be a very tough meeting, but the lads have just got to go out there, give it their best shot and give a good account of themselves.

“The majority of people will be anticipating a home victory – but that could work in our favour as we’ll have nothing to lose.

“We were delighted with the win over Mildenhall on Wednesday and the fans turned out in big numbers to cheer the lads on.

“But we’ve also got away meetings at Buxton and Cradley on Sunday and Monday respectively so we just need to try and keep our confidence as high as we possibly can.”

The Brummies will again be without the unavailable David Mason and have booked Alex Spooner to continue his guesting role at No.6.

But Friday will see a return to the line-up for Tom Bacon who missed the win over Mildenhall with a shoulder injury.

Said Drury: “It’s actually a problem that he sustained towards the end of last season but aggravated it a few weeks ago.

“He’s been to a few appointments though, he’s spoken to the right people and he feels ready to get back on the bike again so fingers crossed he can come back into the team and score the points we know he is capable of.”

BELLE VUE COLTS: Dan Bewley, Kyle Bickley, Jon Armstrong, Jack Smith, Lee Payne R/R, Andy Mellish, Luke Woodhull, David Holt (No.8).

BIRMINGHAM: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, David Mason R/R, Layne Cupitt, Tom Bacon, Liam Carr, Alex Spooner, Taylor Hampshire.

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