Reports from Neil Magee, pictures Linda Mulvey.
NORTHUMBRIA VIKINGS v STOCKPORT
Northern League 25th May 2014
League champs and current top of the league Stockport had far too much fire power for the Vikings, Jack Lush riding to a 20 point max, Jake Read dropping just a single, while Ben Higham and Matt Lush would have scored more but for tape exclusions. Despite the one sided scoreline, the racing was superb, every race having incident and passing. Scott Latimer almost got Northumbria to a shock lead, but crashed heavily late in the race when leading Jake Read in heat 1, Gavin Parr top scoring for the home side despite losing several points due to mishaps as he either overslid or missed his pedals at the crucial moment when racing the top visitors.
Heat One, and Mark takes over the mantle of the Viking's Number One shirt and opens the door for Scott
NORTHUMBRIA: Gavin Parr 14+1, Mark Mulvey 10, Jason Keith 10, Dan Redshaw 10, Terry Kirkup 10, Daniel Wharrier 6+1, Scott Latimer 4, Keith Oldham 3
STOCKPORT: Jack Lush 20, Jake Read 16+3, Chris Eaton 16+1, Terry Norman 15+2, Ben Higham 15+1, Matt Lush 13+3, Ryan Harrison 8, Joe Pickford 7
NORTHUMBRIA 113 (Incl 57 Penalty Points)
James Barry was the star of this meeting, the Stockport junior rider racing to 16 points and came through from the back several times to join his more experienced team mates at the front. With three Div 1 heat leaders in action however, Stockport had no chance of winning the match with so many penalty points conceded. John Wilson made a healthy contribution for the Vikings in his first match of the season with 11+1 from his four outings.
NORTHUMBRIA: John Wilson 11+1, Dan Redshaw 10, Scott Latimer 10, Daniel Wharrer 9, Jim Graham 5, Keith Oldham 5, Lee Redshaw 4, Rhys Graham 2
STOCKPORT: Jack Lush 16+2, Matt Lush 16+1, James Barry 16, Ryan Harrison 15+2, Joe Pickford 15+1, Ben Higham 14+2
James Barry rode unbeaten in this match, Lewis Petre backing up Lee Redshaw however each time for the minor positions which ensured Northumbria won another couple of league points at this level.
NORTHUMBRIA: Lee Redshaw 12, Lewis Petre 8
STOCKPORT: James Barry 16