BEN BOOKED FOR BRUMMIES BASH

Tuesday July 09, 2019
'Cases' Rebels team manager Garry May is warning his side against any complacency as they reach the halfway mark in their home league fixture schedule on Wednesday night (10th July) when they host Birmingham (7.30pm).

The Brummies featured in the same section as the Rebels in the SGB Championship Shield with Somerset winning both fixtures in that competition, but the side that comes to post on Wednesday night has a number of changes from the Birmingham team that went down 52-38 back in April at the Oaktree.

May said "Birmingham are a different team from that which we rode against earlier in the season and the inclusion of Adam Ellis has been a good boost for them. They only have Ashley Morris, Paco Castagna and James Shanes that rode here in April and when you look back and see Ashley was their top scorer that night I do think they will be stronger this time around and so we are going to have to deal with that. They are however waiting on the fitness of Ashely and Paco both of whom having been in the wars lately."

May would have preferred to have had an unblemished home record at this stage of the season and having lost to Leicester he is mindful that the Rebels can ill-afford to slip up again. "Losing out to Leicester, disappointing as it was, isn't the end of the world. They are going good this season and are pretty much nailed on to make the play-offs and that is what we are targetting. If we can get all seven riders going on the same night then we will be formidable opponents for anyone."

The seven that May will be wishing to be on song on Wednesday includes a couple of Cornishmen in Chris Harris and Ben Barker as the latter has been booked as a guest for the injured Nico Covatti, who is still a week away from being fit to return racing. Barker was on the other side of the pits last week and notched a double figure return for his current club Scunthorpe, a score that would have been even greater had he not suffered a shed chain in one ride.

Undoubtedly most eyes will be on Rebels' German Valentin Grobauer inthe hope that he can maintain the form that took him to his best British score of paid 13 from five rides, his maximum for the night dissipating when called up for the nominated heat fifteen outing, last week.

Teams:
CASES' SOMERSET REBELS 1 Rory Schlein 2 Todd Kurtz 3 Valentin Grobauer 4 Ben Barker (Guest) 5 Chris Harris 6 Anders Rowe 7 Henry Atkins - Team manager Garry May
BIRMINGHAM 'EDWARDS PLUMBING AND HEATING SUPPLIES' BRUMMIES 1 Adam Ellis 2 Nick Agertoft 3 Paco Castagna 4 Ashley Morris 5 Tero Aarnio 6 Danyon Hume 7 James Shanes - Team manager Laurence Rogers


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