WEST FIFE’S cycle speedway riders are aiming to end their inaugural National League season on a high by pedalling to a third-place finish.

The Fife Revolutions team, who race at Queen Anne High and are coached by the school’s PT in pupil support Craig Masson, face Edinburgh in the final match of their first British Cycling North and Scotland Division Two campaign today.

Featuring a number of pupils from the school, and Hardie Bikes rider Craig Hardie, the side will finish no lower than fourth but could end up third if results go their way. To do that, they’ll have to win and hope Sheffield defeat Stockport.

Other impressive results posted by the Revolutions include beating Glasgow 85-65 and Northumbria 127-61, while they also ended league leaders Bury Comets’ near three-year unbeaten run with a thrilling 77-71 home win on August 6.

Craig said: “The fixtures have been pretty frequent over the summer which has been good for us because we’re in the groove. The riders have started to get to grips with tactical riding and it’s good to see what we’re doing in training paying off.

“The communication between riders is much better and they’re competing against better riders than they’re used to, especially teams like Stockport and Bury. They’re watching what they’re doing and are learning from it.

“The encouragement opponents have been giving us has been keeping the boys enthusiastic and, when we’ve lost a match, we’ve not lost by much.

“We’ve been described as a breath of fresh air and future champions, and if we can keep this team together, I don’t see why not.

“We want to end on a high. The worst placing we can end up in is fourth, which I think is a fantastic achievement in our debut season. I couldn’t be happier with the way we’ve performed and with the commitment from everyone. It’s all been new to us; we underestimated the commitment needed, the travelling involved and what was needed on a match day.

“Even though we agreed in November to join the league, the season came around fast and we didn’t have a pre-season. We’ve definitely held our own and been competitive but, with a pre-season and training every week, there’s no reason why we can’t be more successful.”

Fife Revolutions take on Edinburgh at Queen Anne on Sunday at 2pm.