PREVIEW: BRUMMIES v SCUNTHORPE

Tuesday August 22, 2023
BIRMINGHAM stage their penultimate regular Cab Direct Championship fixture of the season when Scunthorpe visit Perry Barr on Wednesday (August 23, 7.30).

It will be the third time this season the two sides have done battle in the Second City with the Scorpions edging the previous contests in both the BSN Series and Knockout Cup.

The Curtis Sport Brummies trail on aggregate by 12 points following their 51-39 defeat at the Eddie Wright Raceway last month.

But with three league points up for grabs and the opportunity to leapfrog Edinburgh back into the play-off places, team boss Stewart Dickson insists his side will need no extra motivation ahead of another key clash.

"The Birmingham riders are already aware of how important Wednesday night's meeting could prove to be," he said.

"These next two home meetings against Scunthorpe and Plymouth are going to be crucial to whether we make it into the top six or not you feel - but first and foremost we have to focus on this Wednesday.

"No disrespect to Scunthorpe, because they have got some decent riders in their team and they have already been to Birmingham and won twice, but they're the sort of team who we need to be looking at beating at home - if everybody rides how we know they can.

"The two match points are the main focus but if we could get off to a good strong start then that aggregate point could also become very useful in a couple of weeks time.

"I'd like us to take some confidence and as many plus points from our recent meetings as we can; we won at Berwick and we've pushed a very good Redcar side both home and away so we've definitely taken steps in the right direction.

"We can't take Scunthorpe lightly though and as a team we're going to have to step things up another level, go out there with that wee bit extra belief and do everything we can to add some points to our total."

The Curtis Sport Brummies will again have Josh Pickering guesting at No.1 in an otherwise unchanged line-up.

A reminder it’s FREE admission for all children aged 11 and under at Perry Barr in 2023 while Juniors aged 12-16 will be admitted for just £3.

The pits will also be open until 6.45 where riders will be available for photographs and autographs.

Even once the night of enthralling Speedway racing commences, there will be a further opportunity for junior supporters to take part in the interval entertainment on the infield.

General admission can be pre-booked in advance via: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/45038

Supporters unable to attend can also stream the fixture via ‘Brummies TV’. It costs £11.99 per meeting and supporters can register now via: https://www.brummies.tv/

The Club will also be raising money for their charity partner Birmingham Children's Hospital throughout the course of the night.

CURTIS SPORT BRUMMIES: Josh Pickering, Stefan Nielsen, Troy Batchelor, Alfie Bowtell, Justin Sedgmen, Sam Hagon, Paul Starke.
SCUNTHORPE: Ryan Douglas, Connor Mountain, Simon Lambert, Michael Palm Toft, Jake Allen, Nathan Ablitt, Drew Kemp.


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