BRUMMIES v LAKESIDE, PREVIEW

Tuesday June 20, 2017
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury is anticipating one of the meetings of the season when Lakeside visit Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

The Surestop Brummies are yet to be beaten in their four Travel Plus National League fixtures on home shale while Lakeside are also proving to be a dominant force, picking up at least one league point in six of their eight fixtures so far

With a top three of Ben Morley, ex World Cup star Paul Hurry and former title winning Brummie Zach Wajtknecht, Drury knows the danger the visitors possess.

“Lakeside have got a great pedigree and they’re one of the stronger teams in the league this season,” said Drury.

“They’ve put together a very strong heat-leader trio in particular and we at Birmingham of course know what Zach is capable of around Perry Barr.

“Lakeside will be coming to us with a lot of confidence behind them – but our seven riders going to the tapes on Wednesday are determined to keep Birmingham’s unbeaten home league record going.

“This is going to be one hell of a speedway meeting with some terrific racing I’m sure. The weather has been great in the local region and hopefully that will entice even more supporters onto the terraces to come and cheer on the lads.”

The Brummies will hand a debut to new signing David Mason, against the club who got rid of him last month, while Jack Parkinson-Blackburn returns from his period of inactivity to take up his new captain’s role for the first time.

Taylor Hampshire guests in place of the injured Kyle Roberts while Alex Spooner is preferred at reserve to Macauley Leek.

“We’re still unsure of the full extent of Kyle’s shoulder and collarbone injury and hopefully we’ll know more very soon,” said Drury.

“As for Macauley, I haven’t dropped him as such, but I did say right when our problems began that I wanted to give a few youngsters a bit of a run out and a few meetings here and there.

“Alex Spooner impressed me tremendously with the way he performed for us in our win at the Isle of Wight last week – especially after being called upon at such late notice.

“Taylor Hampshire rode well when he guested for Eastbourne the other week too and this is another good opportunity for him too.

“David will be keen to get his Birmingham career off to a good start and with it being against his former club, that just adds an extra bit of spice to the clash.

“While our guests did a cracking job while jack was out, it’s one massive boost to have him back in the team and he’ll be fired up I’m sure.”

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

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

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