Cycle Speedway Update 08/07/2024

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A&T's Caspar Ellis (left) and Duncan Whalley (right) on their way to a 7-3 heat win over the Heckmondwike pair of Philip Vanner (left) and Justin Naylor (right). Photo courtesy of Svitlana Rechembei.

Astley & Tyldesley enjoyed a successful afternoon on Sunday in West Yorkshire, with two convincing wins over Heckmondwike in Northern League fixtures.

A&T maintained their Division 2 title challenge, with an emphatic 84-65 win. The first three races were close, before the Caspar Ellis/ Duncan Whalley pairing took a 7-3 heat win over Justin Naylor/ Philip Vanner. A&T increased their lead to ten points at the interval. A&T marched on throughout the second half to further extend their lead. Heckmondwike’s only heat win came in the last race, after Emily Burgess fell and was excluded. The vastly experienced Heckmondwike pairing combined well to keep out the ever challenging Duncan Whalley, for a 7-2 heat win and Duncan’s only defeat of the day.

Steve Harris raced unbeaten for A&T, with solid performances from the rest of the team. Caspar Ellis and Emily Burgess were unfortunate to drop points after falling on the dry, slippery surface. Caspar won two races on his first match back, following an 18 months injury lay off. Frank White pulled off an excellent last lap pass on Heckmondwike’s best rider, Darren Kent, to win heat 13.

North & Scotland League Division 2 result

Heckmondwike 65 Astley & Tyldesley 84

A&T scorers: Frank White 17, Steve Harris 15 (plus 1 bonus), Caspar Ellis 14, Emily Burgess 13 (1), Duncan Whalley 11 (3), Josh Pilkington 9 (2), Levi Edwards 5.

A&T kept up their 100% record in Division 3, winning 71-19 over Heckmondwike. A&T’s Alex Lawless and Frank White both raced unbeaten in the u-10 and u-13 categories respectively.

Northern League Division 3 result

Heckmondwike 19 Astley & Tyldesley 71

A&T scorers: Alex Lawless 16, Frank White 16, Josh Pilkington 13, Levi Edwards 10, Elijah Rechembei 8, Heather Brighouse 4, Charlotte Brighouse 4.

A&T made it five wins out of five in the midweek Manchester League Division 2 series at Stockport on Wednesday. A&T finished behind Bury, but ahead of Stockport and Sheffield, in the Division 1 match.

Photo attached is of A&T’s Caspar Ellis (left) and Duncan Whalley (right) on their way to a 7-3 heat win over the Heckmondwike pair of Philip Vanner (left) and Justin Naylor (right). Photo courtesy of Svitlana Rechembei.

Issued by Mike Hack

Astley & Tyldesley Cycling Club Press Officer

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