Astley and Tyldesley in Scotland

Photo attached shoes Pawel Idziorek (left) going round Reece Pollitt (right). Photo courtesy of A&T Official Photographer Len Priestley.
Astley & Tyldesley raced in double header meetings in Scotland, to round off the 
North & Scotland League season.

First up saw A&T visit Fife in the morning for a division 2 title decider. The 
riders present put in a spirited showing, with plenty of hard fought races 
on the track. Mark Grantham, Emily Burgess, Mick Knowles and Kyle Holland all won 
races for A&T, but no one could stop Fife veteran Craig Hardie from 
scoring maximum points. Congratulations go to a solid scoring Fife team on winning 
the North & Scotland League Division 2 title.

North & Scotland League Division 2 match result
Fife 105 Astley & Tyldesley 69
A&T scorers: Emily Burgess 15 (plus 1 bonus), Kyle Holland 15 (1), Mark Grantham 13, 
Mick Knowles 10 (2), John White 10, Lucy Grantham 6.

In the Division 3 match, A&T had already secured this league title for the sixth 
successive year. John White raced unbeaten, but Fife inflicted A&T's 
first defeat in Division 3 for more than two years, winning by two points, 36-34.

North & Scotland League Division 3 match result
Fife 36 Astley & Tyldesley 34
A&T scorers: John White 16, Lucy Grantham 10, Myles Grantham 8.

A&T lined up at Glasgow for the afternoon fixture. In the Division 2 match, the 
A&T riders put in a great performance, to run out 91-84 winners. 
This win clinched 2nd place in the Division 2 table. 11 years old John White showed 
why he is the British u-12 Boys Individual Champion, by racing 
to a 20 points maximum score against a much older and more experienced Glasgow team. 
Team captain Mick Knowles also raced unbeaten, with Mark Grantham 
and Emily Burgess both beaten once only by an opponent.

North & Scotland League Division 2 match result
Glasgow 84 Astley & Tyldesley 91
A&T scorers: John White 20, Emily Burgess 18, Mick Knowles 16 (4), Mark Grantham 
16 (2), Kyle Holland 16 (1), Lucy Grantham 5.

A&T ran out comfortable winners in the Division 3 match, 28-12. John White raced 
to another maximum score.

North & Scotland League Division 3 match result
Glasgow 12 Astley & Tyldesley 28
A&T: John White 16, Lucy Grantham 8, Myles Grantham 4.

Astley & Tyldesley staged the annual Club Individual Championships on a cold Sunday 
afternoon at Gin Pit.

In the u-10s match, Aiden Green beat Lewis Skitterall in the decisive heat 18, to 
take the overall win with a 20 points maximum, with Lewis one point 
behind in 2nd place. Tom Beeley won heat 20, to finish on 18 points and clinch third 
place. There were five u-6 riders in the match. Levi Edwards and 
Freddy Warn both rode really well, beating older riders, to finish on 14 and 13 
points respectively.

u-10 Club Individual Championship result
Aiden Green 20, Lewis Skitterall 19, Tom Beeley 18, Oscar Belt 17, Freddie Cox 16,
 Harriet Belt 15, Levi Edwards (u-6) 14, Freddy Warn (u-6) 13, Myles 
Grantham (u-6) 11, Sabrina Evans 11, Musa Ashraf 11, Ali Ashraf (u-6) 9, Sofiane 
Ashraf (u-6) 8.

Emily Burgess raced to a maximum 16 points, to win the u-14s match. Tom Morrissey 
was runner-up, with Charlie Burgess third.

u-14 Club Individual Championship result
Emily Burgess 16, Tom Morrissey 13, Charlie Burgess 10, Chloe Warn 7, 
Lucy Grantham 4.

The Senior Championship was keenly contested, as Reece Pollitt defended the trophy 
he had won for the previous seven years. Heat 5 was a key race, as 
Pawel Idziorek blasted round the outside of Pollitt on the first lap, to take the 
race win. Idziorek's win over Ciaran Collins in heat 11, completed his 
maximum score and the Club Individual title. In the run-off for 2nd place, Pollitt gated across Steve Harris to take the race win, with Harris 
keeping Collins behind him. Steve Harris was the highest placed Veteran rider, with Ciaran Collins the highest scoring u-18 rider.

Senior Club Individual Championship
Pawel Idziorek 16, Reece Pollitt 14, Steve Harris 14, Ciaran Collins 14, Mark 
Grantham 12, Paul Graham 11, Matty Taylor 10, Charlie Burgess 9.