HEATHENS UP FOR DERBY

Tuesday April 04, 2017
CRADLEY skipper Tom Perry admits he’ll need to remind himself which side of the pits to park his bike at Birmingham on Wednesday!

Perry has returned to the Heathens, where he started his career in 2010, after two hugely successful seasons with the Brummies which saw them win back-to-back titles.

Now the sides meet in an early season challenge match at Perry Barr with Perry looking to build on an impressive start to the season.

He notched a maximum for Cradley in their demolition of King’s Lynn last week and has also impressed for Championship club Glasgow.

“I’ve got to be happy with the start I’ve made and of course it would be nice to keep that going at Birmingham,” he said.

“It will be strange going back there to be in the visiting side of the pits, I had two great seasons with them and I’ve got lots of friends there.

“But this year I’m back with Cradley and I’ve been given a great welcome back and I want to help them to some success this year.

“Birmingham look solid again and hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves when we go there.”

Heathens are without Conor Dwyer who suffered some concussion after a crash during second half racing at Wolves on Monday and they will use the rider replacement facility.

Cradley’s next home fixture is a league clash with Mildenhall at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green on Bank Holiday Monday, April 17, with a bumper crowd expected.

BIRMINGHAM: Tom Bacon, Chris Hay, Darryl Ritchings, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Danyon Hume, Macauley Leek, Layne Cupitt.

CRADLEY: Danny Ayres, Conor Dwyer R/R, Dan Greenwood, Luke Harris, Tom Perry, Ryan Burton, Joe Lawlor.

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