BRUMMIES v PLYMOUTH, PREVIEW

Tuesday July 24, 2018
BIRMINGHAM will have two riders making their National League debut for the club when they host Plymouth at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

Dan Greenwood lines-up for his first home meeting since signing as cover for injured star Danyon Hume, high on confidence after a solid performance in Monday’s challenge at Kent.

Meanwhile Jamie Sealey is set for a run at reserve with Arran Butcher stepping down from his position.

Edwards Plumbing Brummies team boss Laurence Rogers said: “Arran has been struggling with confidence the last few meetings and he spoke to me on Monday and said he could do with a break from National League racing.

“He was thrown in at the deep end, but he has shown glimmers here and there and we hope to see him back at this level in the not too distant future.

“Jamie comes in as an unattached three-point rider and he’s got a year of National League experience under his belt.

“Again, we’re not putting any pressure on him, we just want him to go out there and give it his best.”

After suffering their first home defeat of the season to Mildenhall last Wednesday, Brummies are desperate to get back to winning ways.

But Rogers is anticipating another tough test from Plymouth – the team he managed in 2017.

“A lot of people wrote Plymouth off at the start of the season, but they’re doing okay and we can’t underestimate them,” Rogers said.

“Obviously they’ve now got Ellis Perks in at No.1 who has a liking for the Perry Barr track, Henry Atkins is developing into a cracking little rider and Ryan Terry-Daley has been banging in some good scores for them since dropping down to reserve.

“They’re bringing in Alfie Bowtell as a guest for Ben Hopwood who is injured too so they’re a strong looking outfit on paper.

“Our boys are focussed on getting back to winning ways though and with Dan coming into the middle-order, hopefully our big-hitters will see us over the line with the rest of the boys chipping in with what they can.

“It will be a lot tougher than some people might be expecting though – but I always love it if I can get one over my old sides!”

Youngster Sheldon Davies, who impressed supporters with his effort on his full Brummies debut last week, will be available for autographs and a chat between 6.15 and 6.45 in the main grandstand lower bar.

Junior supporters will be invited onto the track during the interval for a circuit race and the main event will be followed by Midland Development League action between the Birmingham ‘Ductair Electrics’ Bulls and Milton Keynes.

Admission is £13 adults, £12 concessions, £3 juniors (12-16) while kids 11 and under go FREE – an offer the club are hoping many will take advantage of with it being the first week of the summer holidays for most.

TRAVEL PLUS NATIONAL LEAGUE LINE-UPS
BIRMINGHAM: Tom Bacon, Callum Walker, Leon Flint, Dan Greenwood, James Shanes, Jamie Sealey, Sheldon Davies.
PLYMOUTH: Ellis Perks, Bradley Andrews R/R, Henry Atkins, Richard Andrews, Alfie Bowtell, Macauley Leek, Ryan Terry-Daley.

MIDLAND DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE LINE-UPS
BIRMINGHAM: Jamie Sealey, Rachel Hellowell, Sheldon Davies, Bailey Fellows.
MILTON KEYNES: Chris Watts, Craig Osborne, Arran Butcher, Rob Watts.

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