Northumbria Vikings Cycle Speedway team suffered a blow in their Northern League Division 1 fixture against Sheffield Cra Rockets.
Michael Parr was out cold and Mark Mulvey left riding on with a shoulder injury following a bad smash in heat 8.
Gavin Parr was Northumbria’s only heat winner, beaten by the two super Poles early on, but recovering to get ahead of the Rockets home grown youngsters.
Sheffield were always going to be too strong and too quick for the visitors and deserved their big win. A big positive for the visitors was a fast couple of early rides from Terry Kirkup.
Northumbria eventually lost 109-70
SHEFFIELD: Radek Handke 20, Damien Zareba 18+2, Kyle Holland 16+1, Richard Hudson 15+3, Zac Smurthwaite 14, Matt Parrott 12, Niall Morton 9+2, Aiden Owen 5
NORTHUMBRIA: Gavin Parr 18, Jason Keith 14, Mark Mulvey 10, Terry Kirkup 7+1, Daniel Wharrier 6, Dan Redshaw 6, Scott Latimer 5, Michael Parr 4
In the Northern League Division 2 fixture, Northumbria were just pipped 77-73 by Sheffield.
Luke and Niall Morton saw the Rockets home in an always tight match, Niall winning the last heat decider.
The winter training and improvement made by the Vikings young trio was clearly evident, Daniel Wharrier much quicker from the starts, Dan Redshaw quicker overall, while Scott Latimer was as determined as ever.
Andy Knowles and Jim Graham both displayed some team riding mastery, helping out their partners including Neil Magee who was grateful for some easy points as a result, while Terry Kirkup again took to the track and only dropped a couple of points.
SHEFFIELD: Luke Morton 16, Mick Knowles 15, Niall Morton 11+1, James Bunting 10+1, Vicky Brown 10, Paul Fisher 8+1, Rebecca Davies 5+1, Sam Haines 2
NORTHUMBRIA: Dan Redshaw 15+1, Daniel Wharrier 14+1, Scott Latimer 13+2, Terry Kirkup 10, Neil Magee 9, Andy Knowles 6+2, Jim Graham 6+1