Astley & Tyldesley win all four matches

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race in the Astley & Tyldesley v Fife Division 2 match. The A&T riders are Matt Snell (white helmet) and Emily Burgess (deep pink helmet).

Astley & Tyldesley maintained their North & Scotland League Division 2 title challenge and clinched their seventh successive Division 3 title win, by winning all four matches at Gin Pit on Sunday.

A&T’s three recent individual champions – World U-16 Girls Champion Emily Burgess, u-8 Little League Champion Frank White, British o-50 Champion Steve Harris – were paraded around the track, to warm applause from the crowd.

A&T opened up the racing with a 119-0 whitewash win in the Division 3 match against Glasgow Cyclones. A&T’s Charlie Burgess raced unbeaten in the u-13 match, as did Aiden Green in the u-10 match. This result clinched the Division 3 title for Astley & Tyldesley.

North & Scotland League Division 3 result

Astley & Tyldesley 119 Glasgow 0

A&T scorers: Aiden Green 16, Charlie Burgess 16, Oscar Belt 14, Freddie Cox 12, Chloe Warn 12, Myles Grantham 11, Stephen Warn 9, Levi Edwards 8, Lewis Skitterall 8, Harriet Belt 5, Aliesha Green 4, Lucy Grantham 4.

This was followed by a comfortable win over Glasgow in the Division 2 match, 70-47, as Team Green won six of the twelve races by a maximum score.

Emily Burgess, Matt Snell and Charlie Burgess all raced unbeaten for A&T.

North & Scotland League Division 2 result

Astley & Tyldesley 70 Glasgow 47

A&T scorers: Mick Knowles 12 (plus 2 bonus), Emily Burgess 12, Charlie Burgess 11 (1), Matt Snell 11 (1), Tom Morrissey 9, John White 6, Mark Grantham 5 (1), Chloe Warn 4 (1).

A&T took an emphatic 171-21 win over Fife Revolution in the Division 3 match. Brothers John and Frank White both raced unbeaten in the u-13 and u-10 matches respectively.

North & Scotland League Division 3 result

Astley & Tyldesley 171 Fife 21

A&T scorers: Frank White 16, John White 16, Aiden Green 15, Oscar Belt 14, Tom Morrissey 14, Charlie Burgess 14, Myles Grantham 12, Freddie Cox 11,

Stephen Warn 11, Harriet Belt 9, Levi Edwards 8, Duncan Whalley 8, Chloe Warn 8, Lewis Skitterall 6, Aliesha Green 5, Lucy Grantham 4.

The main match of the day was last on the bill, with 2nd placed A&T taking on the unbeaten Division 2 league leaders Fife.

Fife twice opened up a 5 points lead early on and it wasn’t until heat 7, when the Matt Snell/ Emily Burgess pairing took the first of their three heat wins together, with a 7-3, that A&T took the lead, 34-33. Fife immediately hit back with a 7-3 to regain the lead. Another 7-3 to Snell/ Burgess in heat 9 restored A&T’s lead. A&T edged their lead to 2 points, going into the last race. Fife had the favourable inside grids for the last heat, but a terrific start from the outside grid by Snell saw him take the race win, with Burgess taking a vital third place, for A&T to seal a 60-56 victory.

Fife have finished their programme on 26 points. A&T will match that total if they win at Sheffield in their final match in two weeks time, which would necessitate a play-off on a neutral track, to determine the Division 2 title.

North & Scotland League Division 2 result

Astley & Tyldesley 60 Fife 56

A&T scorers: Matt Snell 20, Emily Burgess 13 (2), John White 9, Mick Knowles 8 (1), Lee Phillips 5 (2), Mark Grantham 5, Charlie Burgess dnr, Tom Morrissey dnr.

Astley & Tyldesley staged the second of the Manchester League Individual Finals evenings on Wednesday.

A&T’s Emily Burgess won the inaugural Women’s Individual ahead of team mate Lucy Grantham. Emily also received a trophy for winning the Women’s Grand Prix series. The Senior Individual Final followed. Stockport’s Jake Read took the win, with a 16 points maximum score. A&T’s Reece Pollitt was runner-up, with Stockport’s Ben Higham third.

Astley & Tyldesley host the North Regional Final next Sunday, 1 pm start.