The Plymouth Devils have a change of race night at the St Boniface Arena this week as they face the Birmingham Brummies on THURSDAY night (29th June) . The sides meet in the first leg of the Knock Out Cup Quarter Final in the West Midlands 24 hours earlier with a Semi-Final spot the prize for the overall winners.
With the Devils on form having secured superb wins last week away at Swindon and then at home to the Isle of Wight the following night, they will be looking to oust the reigning league champions out of the competition.
The Devils welcome back 16 year old whiz kid Henry Atkins after he missed last week’s two clashes whilst No. 1 Steve Boxall , still not 100% for , defied the pain barrier to notch another paid maximum against the Isle of ight. With Adam Roynon also in tip top form and skipper Benji Compton revitalised after moving to the No. 3 slot and with back up from Richie Andrews and Callum Walker , who had his best meetings in Devils colours with paid 14 at Swindon and paid 12 at home , the Devils go into the clashes in good spirit.
16 year old William O’Keefe again steps in at reserve after impressing last week with a paid win in his debut home ride.
Co-Promoter Mark Phillips is hoping that a different race night might prove a success, “ We have a few meetings on a different race night in July and it will be interesting to see the response is from the fans. We will monitor it carefully . We have another two Thursday nights on July 6th for the British Under 19 Championship and a league clash with Belle Vue two nights before the Cardiff GP in Thursday 20th July.”
“The boys were well and truly on it last week and we need to take that form into these two cup clashes and then we are in with a shout of reaching two finals in our first season having already made the National Trophy Final. Birmingham are a tough side but if our riders keep up their form and ride to their potential there is no reason why we can’t oust them out of the cup. It should be another great night’s speedway and hopefully the fans get behind us to spur us on”
Teams : PLYMOUTH ….1. Steve Boxall. 2, Richard Andrews. 3. Benji Compton. 4. Henry Atkins. 5. Adam Roynon. 6. WilliamO’Keefe. 7. Callum Walker.
BIRMINGHAM …. 1. Jack Parkinson-Blackburn. 2. R/R David Mason. 3. Layne Cupitt 4. Tom Bacon 5. Liam Carr. 6. TBC. 7. Taylor Hampshire
Gates Open. 5.45 pm. First Race 7.15pm. Admission … Adults £10. Child (10-16) £5. Child U10 FREE. Students (with proof) £5. Family (2A + 2C) £25. Programme £2.50