MATCH REPORT: Stockport hit three figures against spirited Vikings
Stockport 100 – 80 Northumbria, Northern League 1, Sunday 30th March 2014
Northumbria were able to give an excellent account of themselves as they made the tough visit to the home of the league champions, Gavin Parr leading the way with a faultless full maximum which he completed in heat 20, the captain shepherding Mark Mulvey home for a 7-3 for the Vikings. Gavin’s work with the younger rides in training is also clearly beginning to pay real dividends, Daniel Wharrier in particular looking good today as his partnership with Jason Keith begins to bear fruit. Jason himself is also showing he can learn and improve, producing one of his most intelligent rides ever in heat 12 to beat home No.1 Jack Lush, while Michael Parr was both strong and this time steady throughout, racking up a decent score rather than more bruises as a result.
STOCKPORT: Matt Lush 16+3, Jack Lush 15+1, Chris Eaton 15, Terry Norman 12+2, Ben Higham 11+1, Ryan Harrison 11, Joe Pickford 10+1, Connor Simpson 10
NORTHUMBRIA: Gavin Parr 20, Michael Parr 14, Jason Keith 12+1, Mark Mulvey 10+2, Daniel Wharrier 10, Scott Latimer 6+1, Dan Redshaw 6, Terry Kirkup 2
With Stockport tracking three of their first team riders, plus three young juniors, Northumbria knew they had only to start beating the home top trio now and then to claim the win. Leading the way in achieving this was Dan Redshaw who formed a ‘dynamic duo’ (DD) partnership with Daniel Wharrier, with Terry Kirkup and Jim Graham also going well in a more sedate but skilled partnership of their own. Andy Knowles easily achieved his target of averaging 2nd places, proving once again to be a top team rider including an excellent last ride when he got his partner (Jim) away for a good win, while Scott Latimer was once again in the wars and unsettled at times before eventually calming down to finish with a couple of well ridden second places.
STOCKPORT: Joe Pickford 18, Connor Simpson 17, Ryan Harrison 15, Georgina Healey 7, James Barry 5, Cian Simpson 5
NORTHUMBRIA: Dan Redshaw 19, Jim Graham 13+3, Daniel Wharrier 13+2, Andy Knowles 12+3, Terry Kirkup 12+1, Scott Latimer 12+1, Neil Magee 2+1