Astley & Tyldesley at Gin Pit

Action photo from Sunday's matches at Gin Pit showing A&T team in action

Astley & Tyldesley rounded off their home Northern League fixtures in fine style at Gin Pit on Sunday.

A&T raced to a convincing 108-72 win over Edinburgh, in the Division 1 match, to complete the season with a 100% record. Reece Pollitt raced unbeaten, with the rest of the A&T team all scoring well.

Northern League Division 1 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 108 Edinburgh 72
A&T scorers: Reece Pollitt 23 (plus 1 bonus), Steve Harris 18 (2), Ciaran Collins 16 (1), Kyle Holland 15 (2), Max Evans 10 (1), Paul Graham 8, Mark Grantham 7 (1), Mick Knowles 7 (1), Emily Burgess 4.
A&T maintained their Division 2 title defence, with an emphatic 89-60 win. No riders were unbeaten, but A&T scored solidly throughout, with special mention for excellent scores from the two u-13 riders, Charlie Burgess and John White, and the two u-10 riders, Fraser Brundrett and Duncan Whalley, in their two races each.

Northern League Division 2 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 89 Edinburgh 60
A&T scorers: Charlie Burgess 16, John White 14 (2), Max Evans 13 (2), Mark Grantham 13 (2), Mick Knowles 13 (2), Emily Burgess 11 (1), Fraser Brundrett 5 (1), Duncan Whalley 4 (1).

Division 3 champions A&T extended their 100% record, with a 175-31 win over second placed Edinburgh. A&T’s Aiden Green raced to maximum points in the u-10 match, with Charlie Burgess top scoring in the u-13 match, losing only once to an opponent.

Northern League Division 3 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 175 Edinburgh 31
A&T scorers: Aiden Green 16, Fraser Brundrett 15, Duncan Whalley 15, Charlie Burgess 15, Lewis Skitterall 13, Daniel Johnson 12, Tom Beeley 11, Oscar Belt 11, Chloe Warn 10, Harriet Belt 9, Freddie Cox 9, Freddy Warn 8, Ada Cox 7, Sabrina Evans 7, Myles Grantham 6, Lucy Grantham 6, Aliesha Green 5.

Emily Burgess, Steve Harris and John White all received warm applause from the crowd, as they did a lap of honour of the track, to celebrate their British Individual title successes of the past week.

Astley & Tyldesley riders enjoyed another great day of national success at Horspath (Oxford) on Saturday, with riders competing in the final national round of the British Youth & Junior League and Little League series.

A&T’s 11 years old John White won his fifth British title, by winning both the u-12 Grand Prix ‘A’ Final and the overall series. Ciaran Collins won the Junior (u-18) Grand Prix ‘A’ Final on the day and that secured him third place in the overall series. 14 years old Emily Burgess never ceases to amaze and her second place on the day in the Girls Final clinched overall second place in that series (for riders up to 18 years old). Aiden Green won the day’s u-8 Grand Prix ‘B’ Final and that gave him third place in the overall series placings. Frank White finished 3rd in the u-8 ‘A’ Final and 4th overall.

That’s four top three placings in a national series this year, by A&T riders, to add to the nine top three placings achieved by A&T riders at last weekend’s British Individual and Little League Championships. That of course, includes five British title wins from A&T riders in the last eight days.

Little League team score:
Kesgrave 82 Coventry 59 Poole 55 Astley & Tyldesley 36 Norwich 25 Horspath 23 Sheffield 18 Birmingham 18 Wednesfield 14 Exeter 14 Hellingly 10 Hethersett 10 Leicester 10.

BYJL team score:

Poole 150 Coventry 84 Kesgrave 55 Exeter 54 Astley & Tyldesley 45 Ipswich 36 Leicester 31 Sheffield 14.

Day 3 and last of the British Individual Finals weekend, at Hull on Bank Holiday Monday, brought more success for Astley & Tyldesley’s riders.

Max Evans won two races on his way to a 16 points haul, in the u-16 Boys Championship. This was sufficient to put him on the rostrum, in third place.

Next up was the amazing Emily Burgess, in the Women’s Final. Having won both the u-14 Girls and u-16 Girls titles, with maximum scores, 14 year old Emily, the second youngest rider in the Final, was going for an unprecedented treble. She started off with three impressive wins, but fell whilst attempting to pass the race leader in her fourth race. She remounted to finish third in an eventful race. Emily took the race win last time out, to inflict the only defeat of the match on the event winner, Macie Schmidt, of Poole. A great showing from Emily saw her take the silver medal, with 18 points.

Reece Pollitt lined up in his maiden British Open Final appearance. He found it tough going, but won his last race, to finish on 9 points.

The next race meeting at Gin Pit is next Sunday, 2 pm, when A&T host the North Regional Final, consisting of the league’s top four teams. The winner will progress to the National Cup Final.