CRADLEY v BRUMMIES, PREVIEW

Monday August 21, 2017
BIRMINGHAM ace Liam Carr believes every league point will prove to be crucial as his side prepare for tonight's (Monday) big derby clash with Cradley (7.30).

The Surestop Brummies head to Monmore Green having moved up to third place in the Travel Plus National League, courtesy of a dramatic 51-39 win over Buxton on Sunday.

Carr bagged a maximum in that one as the Perry Barr men rounded off the fixture with three successive 5-1s to snatch all four available league points.

And while admitting his scoring has never been the best at the Wolverhampton's Monmore circuit, Carr insists he couldn't be in much better form heading into the big Midlands showdown.

He said: "I've had a really good few meetings now and getting a max on Sunday was just what I needed.

"I think I've only ever got six full maximums in my career so to get another one the day before such a big meeting is another massive confidence boost for me.

"My scoring has never been overly great at Wolverhampton, but I'm riding the bike a lot better nowadays so I'm determined on building on what I've done there previously and hopefully helping the team to getting some more league points.

"We faded in the middle against Buxton but the way our team is built, we never really panicked because we always look strong in the last few races.

"We knew what we needed to do in the last few races and we were always confident we could go out there and get the job done for the team.

"Making sure we got the extra 5-1 in the last race could prove to be so important because every single league point you pick up could make such a big difference in a couple of weeks when all the fixtures have been done.

"We know how important the Cradley meeting is because they want a play-off place just as much as we do.

"We know we've been a bit below par of late, we haven't been riding as well as we know we can as a team - but we've still been chipping away and putting points on the board.

"Me and Jack (Parkinson-Blackburn) are riding really well of late and Tom (Bacon) comes back into the team too and we all know how well he can ride.

"Layne (Cupitt) had a really good one on Sunday too and he'll be wanting to get a good score against his old team.

"It was important for Taylor (Hampshire) to finish with a paid win against Buxton too. He's had a tough couple of meetings with a lot of bike problems, but to head home with an important paid win in the bag will have done him the world of good and if he's got his gating gloves on then he could be key to how we get on against Cradley.

"We know Cradley have got some decent riders too and we're built quite similarly.

"So it should be an excellent speedway meeting and it's one we're really looking forward to.

"We know what we're capable of as a team and it's meetings like this where we need to show it.

"Cradley are the home team so they'll be feeling more pressure to get the result than we will.

"We're just going to go out there, enjoy our night, fight and battle all the way and give it everything we've got for each other and for the supporters who've been brilliant to us all year."

Heat-leader Tom Bacon returns to Birmingham's line-up after missing Sunday's victory at Buxton due to Championship commitments with Peterborough where he scored 4+3 at Scunthorpe.

For Cradley, Paul Bowen guests for the injured Tyler Govier at reserve while rider replacement operates for the unavailable Joe Lawlor.

CRADLEY: Tom Perry, Luke Harris, Joe Lawlor R/R, Richard Hall, Danny Ayres, Conor Dwyer, Paul Bowen.

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

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