IT'S tough at the top but that's where the Fife Revolutions cycle speedway team continue to find themselves after maintaining their perfect league record.

After opening their British Cycling North and Scotland Division Two seasons with victories over Glasgow, Edinburgh, Hull and Bury Comets, the Queen Anne High School-based club travelled to Stockport and Sheffield in their most recent outings, and pedalled home with maximum points.

Last year's title winners continue to set the pace in 2019 thanks to tough, hard-earned victories south of the border, which started with a first-ever success at the Stockport track.

A 10-point winning margin by 65-55 – although it was adjusted to 95-55 due to the hosts fielding a Division One rider – set them up for their second match in South Yorkshire, where the Fife riders won by nine points and coach Craig Masson commented: "On the eve of the fixture, we learned that one of the Stockport lads (Daniel Mason) broke his leg in a skateboard accident.

"That meant they had to draft in a Division One rider, which gave us 30 points straightaway, but it was still really close. We only had three heat wins out of 12 and only won by 10 points but, because of the 30 we were given, the margin of it looked bigger.

"We then had to go to Sheffield and what turned the race in our favour was a Sheffield rider cutting across Harris Alsop (in heat six), which is not allowed and he was excluded.

"We were then able to pick up heat advantages that helped us win by nine points and keep us unbeaten but they were tough matches."

Next up on May 19 is the visit of another unbeaten side, Astley and Tyldesley, and Masson continued: "They have matches in hand but we've said that our aim is to win our home matches and see what we can pick up on the road.

"If we can beat them, it will put them under pressure because they'll have to win their matches in hand and beat us down at Astley and Tyldesley, assuming we keep picking up points.

"The races have been really close and there's been nothing between the teams so far."

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Revolutions competed in a 'Scottish Fours' competition – in which each team consists of four riders – alongside Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leith and Northumbria.

Fife, who finished third, acquitted themselves well, with Vas Hill, Lewis Alsop, Harris Alsop and Danny Peoples impressing against Division One riders, while Rory Payne and Lyla Peoples claimed three second and three third places respectively in the juniors.