Many apologies, but I’ve stolen Rob Mawhood’s report on the match as it’s dead fair and a credit to the Stars. Also makes it much easier for me to just add the odd thought. Cheers Rob!
The Stars crashed to defeat by 76-103 in Northern League One at the Northumbria Vikings Cramlington Astrodome. The depleted sextet were no match for a solid scoring Vikings team. Adam lost once, to home star Jason Keith, and teamed up with Sam for Sheffield's only 7-3 in heat 13. Sam had one of those days, two falls and an exclusion were harsh stats for the effort he put in. Kielan came of age with a great performance, only once was he unable to beat a home rider.
Stars scorers - Adam 22+1, Sam 9, Kielan 17, Laura 9+3, Rob 12, Alice 7. The match race title (defaulted by Ed, who was unable to race) passed on to Jason Keith, who defeated Daniel Wharrier in a run-off after both riders finished with 19 points.
Sheffield also lost the League Two match by 81-89, failing to overcome the 20 point deficit for Adam racing. Adam, as expected, was unbeaten and joined by Sam who produced five fantastic rides to score a 20 point maximum (and make up for the disappointment of his first team match). Kielan completed his best day's racing with two race wins in his 17+1 score. With three races to go the Stars had reduced the deficit to six points. Shane Gray and Lee Redshaw then secured the Vikings win with a 6-4 in heat 13, confirmed in heat 14 when Bradley and Sam Stansfield scored the Vikings only 7-3 win.
Stars scorers - Adam 18+2, Alice 5, Kielan 17+1, Laura 13+2, Sam 20, Rob 8+1.
With Sam Stansfield unable to race the League Three match, the Stars gained an unopposed 4-0 win, Kielan's unbeaten run stretched into 11 matches.
A very tired Sheffield team were then thankful for the Vikings after match refreshments, much needed to replenish the energy levels.
Yes indeed the Warrior makes his return, and what a good’un. Even without his almost perfect score, Dan Wharrier’s presence supported his teammate Dan Redshaw nicely with a kick up the saddle region although with the unfortunate Stars well down on top end power it’s highly unlikely either of the two would have done anywhere near as well as this against their full squad. However Dan W’s determination was plain for all to see, as was his lack of fitness!
Also, looking at Sheffield’s performance I couldn’t help but notice from my lofty perch at the starting line that Laura was quicker out of the gate than any of the Vikings bar Jason and it was only two bad gate choices that stopped her potentially copping a couple of wins, same in the division two match. She was also pulling clear in another D2 race but chose to ride wide and help her partner, costing her another good position, but overall she was very impressive.
Sheffield’s youngsters Sam and Kielan put absolutely everything into their racing and were superb, both from the starts and from the back while as expected Adam was way too good for everyone other than our super skipper, honours shared between them.
Gotta praise Rob for his magnificent and magnanimous treatment of Sam and Bradley in the penultimate Division Two heat when he could easily have moved both aside. No-one a fairer rider in my book.
Nice to see John enjoying his racing and going about his business efficiently, again beaten only by Adam in this one.