Birmingham begin the season with Midland League action away to neighbours East Park this weekend. The Perry Park outfit will be looking to equal their second place in the table last season if not trying to get one better.
The Monarchs are a changed side from last year with a number of riders leaving the second city and it will be interesting to see how the side will gel with the new riders coming in. Last weekend saw a challenge meeting at Ashmore Park with the focus on getting some much needed training in after days of awful weather. Birmingham came out of the meeting losing but manager Mark Winwood will no doubt be pleased with the performance of the lads as after a slow start they got themselves dialled in after the interval.
East Park finished fourth in the table last season with a 50/50 campaign winning and losing the same amount of meetings. The Wolves won only twice at home beating Stoke and Leicester in two close meetings on their massive track.
Last season Birmingham travelled to Hickman Avenue in sunny conditions in June and came out 108-77 winners. Birmingham had Wadhams and Timms as top scorers but had strong back up from Groves, Winwood, Heard and Millward. East Park’s Matt Smith was top scorer with Scottish International Jamie Ball and Luke Draisey giving good support.
In the Combination fixture East Park were the stronger of the sides with the duo of Brandon and Jamie Whetton picking up 16 points a piece. Birmingham had the talented youngster Ewan Hancox on form with 16 himself with the ever improving Reece Winwood and Natalie Timms in good suuport.
Sunday June 10th 2012
East Park 77 W Cartwright 5, M. Smith 16, L. Draisey 14, D. Ball 6+1, J. Whetton 6, J. Ball 11, S. Bentley 8, B Whetton 5
Monarchs 108 N. Groves 11+3, M. Winwood 15+2, C. Timms 16+4, S. Millward 16, P. Heard 16+2, B. Prince 8+1, M. Wadhams 20, P. Timms 6+1
East Park 76 B. Whetton 14+2, L. Cartwright 4, J. Hill 14+1, Jo. Whetton 8, Ja. Whetton 15+1, John Whetton 6+2, M Cartwright 11, W Cartright 4
Birmingham 54 J. Ryan 5+1, Re. Winwood 10, N. Timms 11+1, Ry. Winwood 6, E. Hancox 16, R. Stevenson 6+2