CYCLE speedway stars from West Fife enjoyed a wheely-good ride south on Sunday as they made it two wins from two competitive matches.

The newly-formed Fife Revolutions team, which consists predominantly of pupils from Queen Anne High School and Madras College, travelled to Manchester for their first match on the road in the British Cycling North and Scotland league.

And against fancied Astley & Tyldesley they returned home with an impressive victory.

Fresh from beating Hull in their opening game at Queen Anne – which was their first competitive cycle speedway encounter – Craig Masson’s team were without six of the players that won 106-50.

But they still pulled off an excellent 86-61 success to keep Fife at the top of the Division Two table.

A strong team performance included Craig Hardie, James Keenlyside and Vas Hill only dropping 1-2 points to their opponent.

And coach Craig, who is also PT in pupil support at Queen Anne, commented: “Astley & Tyldesley are regarded as one of the favourites for the league and, with a weakened team, we were surprised with how we won the match.

“Everybody played their part and showed great commitment, and it gives me a headache with who to put in for the match against Northumbria on Sunday.

“I was pleased to see that we have strength in depth but the next three games – against Northumbria and then a double header down south with Bury and Stockport – will determine our season.

“Bury and Stockport are both unbeaten and, because it’s school kids, we’ll lose a couple for the double header with exams coming up.

“It took us about three races to get used to the track but, after the third, we ran away with it. We took points off Mick Knowles, who’s really experienced and only dropped one point when they played Glasgow, so the guys did really well.”

He added: “They’re properly pumped up for it now. It was their first ever race away from home and if they keep performing the way they have, we should do really well.

“But we’re only two matches in so we’re not getting carried away.”

The Fife team travel to Northumbria this weekend and their next home match will be against Sheffield on Sunday May 14 at Queen Anne High.