Northumbria Vikings cycle speedway team lost out to Bury in the Northern League division one.
Bury’s more experienced youngsters had the edge as the Vikings’ own young trio got themselves into key positions only to lose out thanks to a lack of track time at this level.
The home heat leaders were often on top but all lost points - Jason Keith with a poor first ride as he allowed Ben Scranage to come barnstorming through and bringing impressive young partner James Elston with him, Gavin Parr dropping it as he locked up when attempting an outside blast on Comets top scorer Chris Parish, while Michael Parr could not manage to run to the line after another titanic tussle with Scranage left both riders on the deck in a do or die heat 17.
With all except team manager Neil Howarth scoring at least double figures, it was the visitors who ran out winners 93-86.
Scorers – Northumbria: Jason Keith 17, Gavin Parr 17, Michael Parr 14+1, Mark Mulvey 10+2.
In division two, the Vikings beat Bury 80-67.
There was a terrible start as Vikings debutant Daniel Hepple crashed out in his very first cycle speedway ride, suffering a badly dislocated finger, although he still finished the race to score his point.
Scorers – Northumbria: Daniel Wharrier 16+3, Dan Redshaw 16+1, Scott Latimer 13, Keith Oldham 12, Andy Knowles 11+2, Neil Magee 9, Norman Carson 2, Daniel Hepple 1.
In the division three match-up, Northumbria once again came out on top, this time by a score of 40-30.
Northumbria Go-Ride supremo Terry Kirkup presented Easter eggs to all the competitors in the division three meeting for their efforts.
Scorers – Northumbria: Rhys Graham 12, Lee Redshaw 11, Lewis Petre 10, Mitchell Grey 7.