Tuesday September 14, 2021
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers has vowed to keep the play-off dream alive – starting at Perry Barr tomorrow.

The Brummies square up to Edinburgh with nothing less than three points the target as time is running out for them to make the top six.

Rogers admits it’s a tough ask but they can still make it – and with reserves Paco Castagna and Jack Thomas back in the side he’s backing the Brummies.

“We have to win this one, it’s a classic must-win meeting,” he said. “They don’t come much bigger than this, we’re approaching make or break in our play off push.

“We need the backing of our brilliant fans too. I’d urge them all to tell a friend about the sport and come and swell the support, it makes a big difference.”

Rogers has also defended the Perry Barr track surface since John Priest returned to the club.

There was controversy last Wednesday when Redcar refused to continue after four races until some work was done on the circuit – despite Lewis Kerr posting one of the fastest times of the season!

Said Rogers: “Since John took over the track work the circuit has improved each week.

“We know it’s not perfect yet and needs more work but to class it as dangerous is an insult.

“In the winter we know we need to do a lot of remedial work and bring in a motorway blade to get everything totally sorted and then build up from the base again.

“I can’t say too much more about Redcar and what they did last week because we have asked the authorities to look into what happened.

“We look forward to welcoming Edinburgh who have some fine riders and I’m sure it will be a great meeting for everyone to enjoy – hopefully with a home win!”

On the subject of the Redcar controversy, Brummies co-owner David Mason said: “Remember I’m a former rider with over 20 years worth of experience - if something was seriously wrong with the track, I wouldn’t let the meeting start.”

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