MATCH REPORT: Vikings register solid win against weakened Hull

Northumbria 98 – 81 Hull, Northern League 1, Sunday 18th May 2014

Against an understrength Hull side missing key riders Andy Angell and Ben Swanborough, Northumbria quickly raced into an early lead, a 6-4 followed by two 7-3s for the home side in the opening exchanges.

With Adam Stephenson riding as a tactical reserve for the visitors, they were able to pull back a little, taking a 7-3 of their own in heat 8 as the two teams went into the interval with still a comfortable twelve point lead for the Vikings. A heat 10 which saw David Cooper and Craig Boddice take a 7-3 pulled the scores closer and with Stephenson again unleashed in heat 14 for another max to Hull, the scores were suddenly tightened up to just a four point gap with just the closing four heats remaining. There was no crumbling from Northumbria however, Jason Keith and Terry Kirkup flying ahead in the next race, followed by two more 7-3s from Mark Mulvey and Gavin Parr, then Michael Parr and Daniel Wharrier to seal the match for the Vikings.


NORTHUMBRIA: Gavin Parr 18+2, Michael Parr 17+1, Jason Keith 16+1, Mark Mulvey 15+1, Dan Redshaw 11, Daniel Wharrier 10+2, Terry Kirkup 9+2, Keith Oldham 2

HULL: Adam Stephenson 17+3, Sam Schofield 16, Craig Boddice 12, Lewis Aylmer 11, David Cooper 9, Nathan Everett 8+1, Chris Cooke 6+1, Josh Belis 1

Division Two



It was Northumbria’s turn to be a little understrength for the Division Two clash, junior riders Lewis Petre and Lee Redshaw making enthusiastic if not big point scoring debuts, with several riders unavailable. Hull showed little mercy, Craig Boddice riding to a max, with David Cooper also doing very well to ride through the card unbeaten. Dan Redshaw top scored for the Vikings, narrowly missing out several times to the Hull heat leaders, while Daniel Wharrier as in the Div 1 match carried absolutely no luck at all with several falls and mishaps as he battled throughout.


NORTHUMBRIA: Dan Redshaw 16, Daniel Wharrier 10, Keith Oldham 8, Norman Carson 7+1, Lee Redshaw 7, Andy Knowles 6+3, Lewis Petre 4, Terry Kirkup 3

HULL: Craig Boddice 20, David Cooper 17+3, Nathan Everett 14+1, Josh Belis 11+1, Chris Cooke 11, Sam Schofield 8, Katie Greaves 7


Division Three



Only two riders turned out at Div 3 level, Lee Redshaw riding unbeaten to score 16, while Lewis Petre took a steady 12 points, both lads going faster and faster and all the better for the experience in Div 2 a little earlier.


NORTHUMBRIA: Lee Redshaw 16, Lewis Petre 12

HULL: n/a