Tuesday June 07, 2022
BOSS Laurence Rogers has declared Wednesday’s home clash with Edinburgh a ‘must win meeting’ for his team (June 8, 7.30).

The Curtis Sport Brummies have suffered four successive league defeats and find themselves seven points off the play-off positions at the half-way stage of their Championship campaign.

But with the top five in the second tier well clear, it means the rest are essentially battling it out for that sixth spot.

Wednesday’s opponents currently sit just one place and six points above the Brummies, with just a single point separating sixth and ninth in the current standings.

And with all of that in mind, Rogers realises the importance of their home clash with the Monarchs, but also acknowledges the task his side are facing.

“It goes without saying that we’d hoped to be in a better position at this stage of our season,” he said.

“But there’s still a fair way to go, there’s still meetings to be ridden and points to be picked up, starting on Wednesday.

“We need a win really, that would potentially move to within three points of Edinburgh and we’d close in on that pack above us too.

“We know it won’t be easy though because Edinburgh are on a bit of a roll at the moment.

“They’re high on confidence from their dramatic cup win over Glasgow at the weekend and in Sam Masters and Josh Pickering they’ve got two of, if not, the in-form riders in British Speedway right now.

“Everyone knows how much Paco (Castagna) loves the Birmingham track and what he can do around there and they’ve got Jason Edwards in at reserve who has been piling the points up in his last few guest bookings.

“So we’re going to need to be fully focussed from the off, we can’t afford for anyone to have an off night and we need to get another win on the board, that is important.”

Josh Auty remains sidelined – but after a check-up last week, he’s targeting a return to action at the end of July.

Talented British youngster Tom Brennan has earned another guest booking in his place while American Ricky Wells comes in for Claus Vissing who is on Danish League duty. Elsehwere, the Brummies welcome James Shanes back at reserve following a thumb injury.

BIRMINGHAM: Ricky Wells, Stefan Nielsen, Justin Sedgmen, Ashley Morris, Tom Brennan, James Shanes, James Pearson.

EDINBURGH: Sam Masters, Lasse Fredriksen R/R, Kye Thomson, Paco Castagna, Josh Pickering, Jacob Hook, Jason Edwards.

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