Astley & Tyldesley’s long unbeaten record in North & Scotland League Division 1 matches, stretching back more than two years over 25 matches, came to an end at Hull on Sunday.
Hull took the lead with a 7-2 in heat 2, after Pawel Idziorek incurred a gate exclusion. Hull hung on to their lead and increased it to six points,
after Kyle Holland was excluded when he attempted to split the Hull pairing in heat 8. In a very tight match, with a succession of 5-5s and 6-4s either way, Hull’s lead remained at six points going into heat 15. A&T pair of Adam Phillips and Steve Harris launched an attack from outside grids, but Hull’s pair held firm and and took a 7-3 heat win and a valuable 79-69 lead. The teams cancelled each other out in the three nominated heats, for Hull to take a 94-84 win.
Former British Champions Andy Angell and Dave Hemsley were both on top form for Hull, dropping two points each. Reece Pollitt was best for A&T, dropping three points, with good support from Pawel Idziorek and Steve Harris. As hard as they tried, Team Green never managed to reduce the five points deficit incurred in heat 2, as Hull held on to their lead throughout the match.
North & Scotland League Division 1 match result
Hull 94 Astley & Tyldesley 84
A&T scorers: Reece Pollitt 20 (plus 1 bonus), Pawel Idziorek 17 (1), Steve Harris 17, Adam Phillips 12, Kyle Holland 7 (1), Mark Grantham 4 (1),
Paul Graham 4 (1), Matt Snell 2, Mick Knowles 1.
A&T bounced back from last week’s defeat at Fife, to keep up their title challenge with an emphatic 68-52 win in the Division 2 match. Matt Snell dropped just one point, with 12 year old John White turning in an excellent display to joint top score. The presence of the young guns enabled A&T’s veteran riders to be used sparingly and effectively.
North & Scotland League Division 2 match result
Hull 52 Astley & Tyldesley 68
A&T scorers: Matt Snell 18 (1), John White 18 (1), Mark Grantham 13 (1), Mick Knowles 10 (2), Lee Phillips 6 (2), Duncan Whalley 3.
There was a good turn out of riders from both teams for the Division 3 match. A&T took a convincing 131-64 win to extend their 100% record in the division.
A&T’s Aiden Green and John White rode to 16 points maximums in the u-10s and u-13s categories respectively.
North & Scotland League Division 3 match result
Hull 64 Astley & Tyldesley 131
A&T scorers: Aiden Green 16, John White 16, Frank White 15, Freddie Cox 13, Levi Edwards 13, Duncan Whalley 13, Stephen Warn 10, Chloe Warn 10,
Myles Grantham 9, Ada Cox 9, Aliesha Green 7.
It was a great performance again by Astley & Tyldesley’s 14 year old Emily Burgess, in taking 2nd place in the Women’s Laurels event at Poole on Sunday.
Despite a bad draw, which saw her drawn outside her main rivals, Emily raced to a 19 points total, beaten only by Poole’s Macie Schmidt in heat 16. Both riders finished on 19 points, and Macie won the 1st place run-off to take the title. Third place went to Sheffield’s Laura Watson, who finished on 17 points.
A&T’s Pawel Idziorek rode to a great 3rd place in Saturday’s Elite Grand Prix Round 2 at Hull. Pawel finished on 17 points and beat home riders Andy Angell and Nathan Everett in a run-off for 3rd place. Horspath’s Lukasz Nowacki won the meeting with a 20 points maximum, one point ahead of Birmingham’s Chris Timms.
Stockport hosted Round 2 of the Manchester League series on Wednesday evening.
In the Division 2 match, defending champions Astley & Tyldesley made it two wins out of two in the series, with a convincing win. A&T’s Aiden Green, Tom Morrissey and Emily Burgess all raced to maximum scores in their respective events.
Manchester League Division 2 result (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)
Astley & Tyldesley 70 Bury 27 Stockport 14
A&T scorers: Aiden Green 16, Tom Morrissey 16, Emily Burgess 16, Charlie Burgess 12, Duncan Whalley 10, Jessica Hindley 10, Chloe Warn 10, Stephen Warn 9, Levi Edwards 8, Lewis Skitterall 8.
Defending champions Stockport took the team win in the Division 1 match, to move up to joint 1st with Astley & Tyldesley in the table. Stockport’s
Jake Read raced to a maximum, beating A&T’s Reece Pollitt in heat 8, for his only defeat of the evening.
Manchester League Division 1 result (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)
Stockport 43 Astley & Tyldesley 40 Bury 21
A&T scorers: Reece Pollitt 15, Emily Burgess 10, Mick Knowles 8, Kyle Holland 7.
On Sunday (June 2nd), Astley & Tyldesley stage the North & Scotland Individual Championships. First race at Gin Pit is at 12 noon.