BIRMINGHAM v POTTERS - PREVIEW

Tuesday 18 July, 2017
STOKE make the trip down the M6 looking to gain their first double of the season as they face the Birmingham Brummies’ in the Travel Plus National League at Perry Barr on Wednesday night, 7.30pm.

The Potters have already defeated the double National League Champions this season as they gained a 46-44 victory at Loomer Road earlier in the season.

Stoke will be at full strength for the clash while Birmingham will also be virtually at full strength after various riders declared themselves fit for the meeting. Talented 16-year old Jack Parkinson-Blackburn leads the West Midlands outfit into action with former Potter Liam Carr and Tom Bacon supporting to form a solid spearhead. Recent signing David Mason provides some solid back up for the heat leader trio and have been in good form around the Perry Barr circuit as has Layne Cupitt who has put some solid displays in also. At reserve, the Brummies’ have Lewis Whitmore in for Kyle Roberts while new signing Taylor Hampshire has been very impressive since joining the West Midlands club.

Potters boss Malcolm Vasey commented “I saw Birmingham race at Mildenhall on Sunday and although they were weakened they did not do half as well as we had done the weekend before. I do know though knowing the Birmingham team manager Graham Drury he will not have been happy with their performance at West Row and he will make sure the Birmingham septet will be pristine for Wednesday meeting and I am therefore expecting a revitalised Birmingham team in front of their home crowd and I have full respect for the Graham Drury and the Birmingham team and supporters and I am looking forward to a great battle between the two sides. I feel we are currently in very good shape as a team and will need to be at our best. They have some very good riders that have recently come into the sport in Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Liam Carr and Tom Bacon who all perform well around Perry Barr, but we are hoping to get something out of the meeting and go in good spirits.”

BIRMINGHAM: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Layne Cupitt, David Mason, Tom Bacon, Liam Carr, Lewis Whitmore, Taylor Hampshire.
STOKE: Mitchell Davey, Ryan Terry-Daley, Tony Atkin, David Wallinger, Luke Priest, Paul Burnett, Shaun Tedham