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Robins boss backs Birks to perform
ROBINS boss Alun Rossiter has backed young reserve Ashley Birks to come back firing following his spell on the sidelines to rest his injured hand.
The Brit took the decision to take a 10-day break at the start of last week to rest the scaphoid he broke in July, having previously ridden through the pain barrier and struggled to produce his best form.
Birks will be available to the Robins for Thursday’s meeting with Belle Vue despite Premier League Scunthorpe being scheduled to ride at Sheffield, due to the fact the Scorpions meeting is a rescheduled match from earlier in the season.
Rossiter believes his rider did the right thing to take a break and is convinced he will come back stronger now he’s had time to work on his equipment during his absence.
“He’s had to do this because he keeps bashing it and it will always be on his mind, and it can get to you,” he said.
“I’ve always had faith in the boy because I’ve seen what he can do, but his biggest problem is that he’s too hard on himself and he needs to relax a little.
“He’s come a long way in a short space of time and is not long out the National League, and speedway isn’t easy enough to make that massive jump. He’s made big strides in a short space of time, but the pressure he puts on himself is too much and he should back off.
“The reason he’s struggled is because his equipment hasn’t been up to scratch and every time he’s ridden good kit he’s been on the gas and fine. It’s when he hasn’t had it when he hasn’t been on the case.
“He knows what he has to do and hopefully he’s gone away and he’s done that now and got it sorted.”
Birks will be back alongside regular reserve partner Kyle Howarth against the Aces on Thursday night and was impressed with the way the latter performed last time out against King’s Lynn as he claimed 11+3.
“He just has to keep riding like he did the other week against King’s Lynn, and I have to back off and let him do it in his own free way,” said Birks.
“Kyle looked really good and has plenty of talent, but he just needs to stay focused and keep on working.”
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