Friday May 19, 2023
BIRMINGHAM management members say they understand and share supporters' frustration and disappointment following Wednesday's home defeat by Edinburgh.

The Curtis Sport Brummies were beaten 54-36 at Perry Barr - just 24 hours after picking up their first win of the season at Plymouth.

It left a sobering feeling around the Second City venue and Club CEO Nigel Tolley has spoken out on behalf of all Directors.

"First of all, we would like to thank everybody for their support so far this season but particularly on Wednesday night," Tolley said.

"The crowd was visibly up in numbers and that is more than likely down to the fact everyone was boosted, as we were, by the win at Plymouth the night before.

"Everybody was in good spirits, everyone was on a high and everyone was in the positive mindset that we could build on that by beating Edinburgh at home.

"What happened next, I don't think anyone saw coming.

"We were so deflated and disheartened with how Wednesday night went - and so we can fully empathise with how the supporters were also feeling.

"As the night went on, the atmosphere on the terraces and with the team in the pits became very subdued.

"As Directors and management members, we had a debrief on Thursday - and we won't allow things to stand still and we won't just accept something like Wednesday night.

"I honestly believed that we could beat Edinburgh on Wednesday night and while we thought we had turned a corner results wise, it's now obvious we haven't.

"We now need to look at every possibility of increasing our chances of improving results.

"We're still aiming to be in those play-offs at the end of the season, of course we are, and there's still such a long way to go, that is a realistic target.

"But the fact of the matter is, as management, we expect better and more - and you, the supporters, definitely deserve better than what you've had so far.

"The track is the smoothest I've ever known it and we're seeing some good races here and there - but we want more.

"We're going to be working on the track this weekend and putting some more shale and clay down to give it a bit more depth and give John Priest (track curator) more to work with.

"We've got a bit of a gap now before our next Cab Direct Championship league meetings at Glasgow on June 2 and then back at Perry Barr on June 7 versus Oxford.

"So we've got a bit of time to think, act and then regroup - thank you to all the supporters for sticking with us, we WILL bounce back!"

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