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Speedway: Brummies set for final push; SPORTS ROUND-UP.

Byline: By Mike Berry

BIRMINGHAM travel to Stoke for the fourth time this season tonight, only needing to avoid a 16-point defeat to take their place in the end of season Young Shield.

The Mercom Brummies have already won twice at Loomer Road this season, and were only beaten 48-45 in the other meeting in the Potteries.

Once again they are without a handful of regulars, with boss Graham Drury burning the midnight oil to recruit three guests to fill the holes in his injury-ravaged line-up.

With Henning Bager, Henrik Moller, Ben Powell and Manuel Hauzinger all missing, Drury has booked Newport's Chris Schramm, Mildenhall's Shaun Tacey and ex-Stoke rider Paul Clews, now with Newcastle, as guests and again has to operate with the riderreplacement facility in place.

Drury said: "When you look at all our injury problems it would be an amazing achievement if we were to win through to another final."

Stoke again use Newport's Tony Atkin as a guest for Glenn Cunningham.

Redcar beat Workington 50-40 in the first leg of the other semi-final on Thursday night, and the second leg takes place at Derwent Park this evening. If the Brummies do reach the final, they will host the home leg at Perry Barr on Sunday October 28.

Tomorrow afternoon the Brummies fulfil their outstanding Premier League fixture at Glasgow in a doubleheader also involving Stoke.

STOKE: Lee Complin, Ben Barker, Tony Atkin, rider-replacement for Rusty Harrison, Claus Vissing, Barrie Evans, Jamie Smith.

BIRMINGHAM: rider-replacement for Manuel Hauzinger, Phil Morris, Jason Lyons, Shaun Tacey, Chris Schramm, Paul Clews, Lee Smart.


OUT... Ben Powell.
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Date:Oct 13, 2007
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