THE head coach of the Fife Revolutions cycle speedway team believes that his ever-improving side can pedal their way to league glory.

Craig Masson admits he has been delighted with his side’s unbeaten start to the North and Scotland Division Two season, which has sent them to the top of the table ahead of a summer break.

Last week, we reported that their latest successes – against current champions Astley and Tyldesley, and 2016 league winners Bury – sent them to the summit with six victories from six matches.

Craig, a PT in pupil support at Queen Anne High School, has high hopes that the team – competing in just their second campaign – can continue to click up the gears and improve on last year’s third-place finish.

“It has been a fantastic start to the season and I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” he said.

“We won away to Hull and then I think we had three home games in a row, against Glasgow, Edinburgh and Sheffield, and we won them all. That set us up nicely going into last weekend away to Astley and Tyldesley, who are the current champions and were 19 matches unbeaten, and Bury, the 2016 champions.

“The A&T match was the big one and it was very close – too close for my liking – but we were able to get the win.

“It came down to the last heat, where we needed at least a second place, and we managed to get it. We then went to Bury and the scoring didn’t reflect how close the match was. The racing from both teams was superb.

“A&T though were thrashing everybody and have got the number one in Max Evans, who said on social media that we were rubbish after we beat Glasgow.

“He’s only 16, so is still learning, but it helped spur us on. We wanted to prove a point, especially as we look up to A&T as a club we want to replicate. Their set-up is brilliant and one of the best in the country.

“Craig Hardie has been our number one rider but the other boys have improved that much that he’s got a fight to keep the number one shirt.

“Our strength in depth I think got us through against A&T. I hope we can win the league but we’ve a lot of tough fixtures to come.”

Craig added: “We’ve got to go away to Glasgow and Edinburgh in August, to Sheffield and Stockport on the same day, which will be tough, and A&T and Bury have still to come up to us.

“There’s a long way to go if we want to improve on last season by finishing second, or even winning the league.”

Meanwhile, riders from Fife competed in the Northern Individual Championships for the first time recently and produced some excellent results.

Lewis Alsop finished third in the under-19 category, as did Hardie in the veterans’ age group, while Maja Nowaczyk became both the club’s first female rider and title winner.