POOLE Pirates have rearranged their Championship Knockout Cup meeting with Plymouth Gladiators, to help fill the gap enforced by Birmingham Brummies' postponements.

Birmingham announced earlier today their two upcoming meetings with Poole would be delayed, as the club temporarily halt their season, due to growing financial concerns.

That left Poole with a long delay before their next scheduled meeting at Kent Kings on June 29.

However, they will now head to Plymouth on June 22, after their meeting with Brummies on June 23 was called off.

Pirates promoter Danny Ford said: "Having learned of Birmingham's predicament we are wholeheartedly sympathetic to their position, as they are under similar constraints to ourselves.

"The current Covid restrictions on attendance has made it almost impossible for clubs to cover costs, something that every promotion within the UK are experiencing.

"As with all promoters, we are eagerly awaiting the next government announcement, due on Monday, June 14, which will give us a clearer picture looking forward.

"But in the meantime we can confirm that our Knockout Cup visit to Plymouth has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 22, a date that has become free following Birmingham's decision and our visit to Kent on Tuesday, June 29 still remains further."

He added: "Our decision on home fixtures at Wimborne Road will be announced once the government provide their update on the roadmap out of Covid-19 restrictions.”

Poole had been due to face Plymouth in that cup meeting on May 25, but it was postponed due to wet weather.

Pirates got their first win of the season on Wednesday night, easing past Berwick Bandits 52-38 at Wimborne Road.