This weekend sees Birmingham put the dissapointing start to the Elite League to one side as they focus on the KOC. The Monarchs travel to Shirley Pond Park looking to advance to the next round where a tasty home tie to Wednesfield awaits the winner.
Birmingham will find it tough with the secondary riders having to miss out as the rules for the competition state that just first licence riders can compete. With that in mind manager Mark Winwood will have to make some tough decisions. Chris Timms will no doubt be leading the side with Winwood, and once again it looks like Scott Millward may have to miss out as he awaits his hand to heal. Monarchs will probably look to Phil Widdas, Paul Timms and Steve Hodgkinson as the trio rode well at Ipswich last weekend.
Southampton might be the underdogs in terms of league structure but the West Midlands side will not be taking them lightly with Gavin Wheeler, Hayden and Peter Chant and Dan Miller in the ranks of the Hampshire side.
Saturday sees the third round of the Midlands BYJL. The series moves to Bretford as Monarchs will be represented with the two Winwood’s and Dylan Hexley who is looking to have a strong season once more after winning last time out at coventry.
In Regional League action Bury welcome Hull to the Goshen Sports Centre. Chris Parrish’s Comets sit second place in the Northern League after 3 wins so far. Hull will be tough competition after taking two wins and two defeats so far this term.
Elsewhere Hethersett take on Great Blakenham with both sides looking to bounce back from opening defeats. Ollie Riley has looked rapid in the red and white of Birmingham and in the GP Series and if he can replicate that form for the Hawks then a win looks round the corner for his and Josh Herring’s side.
Finally Newport face Exeter at Langland Way. Evans and Jones were both missing to the trip to Ipswich, which both were understandably gutted with. Newport like the duo have had a explosive start to the season and will be looking to carry that on as they look to lift he trophy come the end of the season.