THE "best match we've had at the track" was how the head coach of Fife Revolutions described their latest cycle speedway encounter.

But Craig Masson has cautioned that his team "can't get too carried away" despite remaining undefeated after inflicting Astley and Tyldesley's first defeat of the British Cycling North and Scotland Division Two campaign to remain top of the table.

The Queen Anne High School-based club recorded their seventh win from seven by just five points in a thrilling 62-57 victory, leaving them in pole position to retain the title they won last year.

Astley and Tyldesley – championship winners in 2017 – arrived in West Fife after a 71-49 win at Glasgow to preserve their own 100 per cent record, and started well by taking a six-point lead after the opening two heats.

The hosts brought the deficit back to four points in the third and, after they pulled level at 30-30 following the sixth heat, they went ahead for the first time in the eighth.

It was an advantage that they didn't relinquish after a closely-fought match, and Masson said: "We had to fight hard for the win.

"We gave them a six-point lead after the first two races and we were a bit lucky that they were missing one of their top riders, and that they had a hard match against Glasgow before coming to us, as I think they tired towards the end.

"A win's a win though and it puts us clear at the top. The racing was amazing between two good teams – it was the best match we've had at the track.

"In heat three, Vasilii Hill went round in 43.7 seconds – a new track record – and, in the next race, Matt Snell (A&T) broke it again in 43.5. The previous record stood for two years and was set by a First Division rider, so for two Division Two riders to break it is incredible."

He continued: "We're still top and need to try and stay there but we can't get too carried away.

"I'm really pleased with how things are going but we're only at the halfway stage and we've all the teams to meet again. If we can win our next four, it puts all the pressure on A&T, as they'll need to make sure they're winning and will have to beat us.

"We're still without some of our top riders – we were missing Harry Langdale, Craig Hardie and Jake Ferguson – and we hope they'll be back for the second half of the season, but the guys who have come in have been doing well."

Fife's next match takes place at home to Stockport on Sunday, June 16, with the tapes going up at 2pm.