Tuesday April 23, 2019
BIRMINGHAM launch their league campaign on Wednesday when they host in-form neighbours Leicester at Perry Barr (7.30).

It’s been a tough start to life back in professional racing for the Edwards Plumbing Brummies who have suffered five straight defeats in all competitions.

It was a much improved performance in last week’s home fixture against strongly fancied Somerset though with the Brummies only missing out in the very last race of their Championship Shield clash.

Team boss Laurence Rogers said: “Of course we were disappointed with the final result but I felt it was a great effort from our boys against one of the teams being tipped for silverware this year.

“Results haven’t gone our way so far but I always want our riders to focus on as many positives as they can - and last week there was plenty.

“It’s important we go into every single meeting with a fresh mindset, with a positive attitude and as long as we can see the boys are giving it 100 per cent in every single race then we can’t ask for anymore.”

And Brummies bosses are under no illusions just how tough their first league fixture could prove to be.

Leicester have won five out of their six official meetings so far, including three over the Easter weekend.

They became the first team to book their place in the Championship Shield semi-finals and are without doubt the in-form side across all three leagues.

“People expected Leicester to do well this year but I think they’ve probably surprised people with the start that they have made to the season,” Rogers said.

“They’re a very solid side with some quality riders throughout and we know this is going to be a real battle.

“But anything can happen in Speedway, our boys are up for the challenge and I think we’re in for another cracking race meeting.”

Leicester include seven-times British Champion Scott Nicholls and former double British Under-21 Champion Josh Bates - who also briefly rode for the Brummies during their 2015 National League winning season.

Australian racer Ryan Douglas is expected to miss the clash for the visitors after a heavy crash on Saturday.

It will be the first time the sides have met in an official competition since 1983, with the last meeting coming in an inter-league Challenge in 2011.

A reminder that Leicester Season Ticket Holders will be admitted for £10 on production of their 2019 season ticket.

Kyle Newman will be available for autographs and pictures between 6.40 and 6.50 in the main grandstand lower bar.

BIRMINGHAM: Ulrich Ostergaard, Tobias Thomsen, Zach Wajtknecht, Ashley Morris, Kyle Newman, Paco Castagna, James Shanes.
LEICESTER: Scott Nicholls, Ellis Perks, Josh Bates, Ryan Douglas R/R, Richie Worrall, Jack Thomas, Connor Mountain.

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