Tuesday September 21, 2021
BIRMINGHAM are facing up to a win or bust meeting with Newcastle at Perry Barr on Wednesday (7.30).

The Brummies need five points from their final two league outings of the season to pip Scunthorpe to a play-off spot.

That means a win against the Diamonds is key before heading to Glasgow for a tough away meeting on Friday.

Paco Castagna and Valentin Grobauer return from international duty and Jack Thomas also returns in a boost ahead of the tie.

Boss Laurence Rogers said: “We simply cannot afford to lose this meeting, we know the importance of it.

“We have to be realistic and admit it’s a tall order for us to make the play-offs from here, but our win at Newcastle on Sunday has just kept us in the hunt.

“Going to Glasgow needing at least a draw won’t be ideal but I’ll worry about that after the Newcastle meeting. We need to focus on that and we need the fans to get right behind us, they can make a heck of a difference.

“I’m proud of what the boys have done this season and whether we qualify or not there’s a lot for this club to be proud of.”

The meeting also offers additional racing with a Development League meeting with Eastbourne after Heat 15 and some 125cc demonstration races – all at no extra cost to supporters.

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

NEWCASTLE: Ben Barker, Matt Wethers R/R, James Wright, Max Clegg, Connor Mountain, Archie Freeman, Adam Roynon.

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