BRUMMIES FAVOURITE RETURNS FOR CUP CLASH

Tuesday May 28, 2019
PERRY BARR favourite Tom Bacon will be back in Birmingham colours for one night only when they host Eastbourne in the Knockout Cup on Wednesday (7.30).

The 25-year-old guests for Edwards Plumbing Brummies skipper James Shanes who is away competing in the FIM World Longtrack Qualifier.
Bacon was a key figure for the Brummies when they won the National League in 2016 and was appointed as club captain under the current regime last season.
Brummies bosses have also tweaked their riding order as they look to overturn the 25-point deficit following defeat on the South Coast last month.
Team Manager Laurence Rogers said: “We’ve decided to move Ulrich (Ostergaard) to No.3 and we’ve put Zach (Wajtknecht) at No.5.
“Ulrich has had a tough couple of meetings and we feel by moving him into the middle order alongside Ash (Morris) could help him rediscover some form again.
“We also know Zach is a very capable rider around Perry Barr, especially when he makes some fast starts.
“When we knew Shanesie was missing for this date, we were quick to get Tom booked up as a guest as he ticked all the boxes.
“He’s an excellent rider on the Birmingham track, he remains very popular with our supporters and we know he’d love to help his old side out.
“25-points sounds a lot but there’s no reason why we can’t pull it back.
“While we’ve already seen at Perry Barr once this season how strong Eastbourne can be, I think this is going to be a different story this time around and not only do I think we can win on the night, if we can hit them hard early on then that’s going to give them something to think about almost certainly.
“We will be classed as underdogs going into this one but as they say it’s not over until the fat lady sings.”
Eastbourne again include former Brummie Edward Kennett and there’s a quick return to Perry Barr for Kyle Newman with the Eagles who started the season at Birmingham.
With it being half-term, the Brummies are offering plenty of fun for all the family on Wednesday.
Children 11 and under will be admitted free while it’s kids for a quid for those aged 12-16.
There will be an autograph session with vice-captain Ashley Morris with the pits area open until 7pm for you to meet the rest of the team and get up close to the bikes.
There will also be an opportunity for you to walk the Perry Barr circuit with selected riders answering your questions along the way.
Free face painting will also be available with Paw Patrol’s Chase also paying the Brummies a special visit.
During the interval, junior supporters will be invited on to the centre green for entertainment and games and there will be different competitions throughout the night with a range of prizes up for grabs.
Following the conclusion of the main event, the Ductair Electrics Bulls take on Milton Keynes Knights in the Midland and Southern Development League.
After listening to feedback, supporters should note that admission will now be gained by heading to the full glass entrance at the side of the stadium as per previous seasons.
BIRMINGHAM: Adam Ellis, Tom Bacon, Ulrich Ostergaard, Ashley Morris, Zach Wajtknecht, Paco Castagna, Nathan Stoneman.
EASTBOURNE: Edward Kennett, Ben Morley, Kyle Newman, Lewis Kerr, Richard Lawson, Alfie Bowtell, Georgie Wood.

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