Wednesday June 02, 2021
LOCAL lad Ashley Morris is hoping he can give the Birmingham supporters plenty to cheer as Speedway returns to Perry Barr tonight (7.30).

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies open their home campaign with the first leg of their Knockout Cup tie against a strong looking Redcar side.

The Perry Barr men got their season off to a flying start as they claimed maximum league points at Berwick last month.

And in confident mood, they’re looking to pick up where they left off as they target their first win at the second city venue since August 2019.

“We’ve got a strong team ourselves this year so no matter who we come up against we’ll be feeling pretty confident we can go out there and get a result,” Morris said.

“We would love to come back to Birmingham and win our first home meeting and give the supporters the win they’ve waited so many months to see.

“That win against Berwick has spurred us all on even more as well.

“We started on the back foot but we never gave up.

“We kept digging away with some self-belief and all the lads chipped away at points when they needed to.”

Morris himself is itching to get back on track at Perry Barr after seeing his 2019 season cut short through injury.

And he is taking plenty of positives from his opening score of 8+2.

“I was a bit nervous at Berwick after being off the bike for so long,” Morris said.

“But I still managed to make the gates that I know I can and score the sorts of points that I know I can so it was an important starting point for me.

“It’s been a long wait for everyone – but even longer for me because of my injury in 2019.

“I’m hoping I can carry on where I left off though because I was just starting to find some form at the time.

“I can’t wait to get back out at Birmingham; I was loving it last time I was here, I was starting to love my Speedway again and I think that’s how things will go for me this year too.”

The Brummies are at full strength for their home opener with Erik Riss and Valentin Grobauer making their debuts.

Birmingham Speedway would also like to thank Birmingham City Council for their help and support in approving a limited number of walk-up sales on racenight.

This will enable any supporter without a pre-paid ticket the opportunity to gain admission to a designated zone within the stadium.

BIRMINGHAM: Chris Harris, Valentin Grobauer, James Shanes, Ashley Morris, Erik Riss, Paco Castagna, Jack Thomas.

REDCAR: Charles Wright, Anders Rowe, Michael Palm Toft, Jordan Stewart, Jake Allen, James Sarjeant, Jordan Jenkins.

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