PREVIEW: BERWICK v BRUMMIES

Friday August 11, 2023
BIRMINGHAM travel to Berwick on Saturday (August 12, 6.30) for a crunch Cab Direct Championship clash.

The Curtis Sport Brummies are on a run of four straight defeats - but the last team they did beat was their next set of opponents.

That came in Stewart Dickson's first home league meeting in charge, when they picked up their first win of the season at Perry Barr with a 48-42 triumph over the Bandits.

It means the Second City side will also be defending an aggregate point in the league for the first time this season in the fixture at Shielfield Park.

And with both teams level on four points in the standings, three behind Edinburgh who occupy the final play-off spot ahead of Friday night's fixtures, Dickson has reiterated the importance of the meeting to his riders after their narrow home defeat to Redcar on Wednesday.

"We have to dust ourselves down, roll our sleeves up and show how much we want that play-off place," he said.

"Sometimes when you're in a rut and losing meetings, you can easily stay in that rut - but we need to give it everything to make sure we get out of that.

"I think we have to go to Berwick and get a win but we're going to need the whole team to perform and we can't afford to carry any passengers.

"They're going to be up for it as well though because they'll know the consequences if they lose the meeting."

Brummies have called upon Richard Lawson to guest again at No.1 following a positive performance in the recent defeat at Scunthorpe - he also dropped just two points from five rides for his regular club Poole at Shielfield Park last weekend.

BERWICK: Rory Schlein, Bastian Borke, Jye Etheridge, Hans Andersen R/R, Leon Flint, Steve Boxall, Connor Coles.
CURTIS SPORT BRUMMIES: Richard Lawson, Stefan Nielsen, Troy Batchelor, Alfie Bowtell, Justin Sedgmen, Sam Hagon, Paul Starke.

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