On a wet dismal day, Stockport hosted the penultimate Round 5 of the Northern Fours & Junior League series. Astley & Tyldesley started the day as clear leaders of both leagues, but A&T were beaten on the day in both leagues. Consequently, both titles are still up for grabs and will be decided in the final round of the series at Bury next Sunday.
In the Junior League match, Sheffield took the win on the day, to draw level with A&T at the top of the Junior League table. A&T’s Aiden Green scored 14 points in the u-10’s match, losing twice to Sheffield’s Edward Balfour. Aiden now has a 1 point lead over Edward in the GP series. There were good scores from Levi Edwards and Freddie Cox, with 13 points apiece. Charlie Burgess top scored in the u-13s match with 13 points.
Northern Junior League match result
Sheffield 69 Astley & Tyldesley 60 Bury 51 Stockport 28 Heckmondwike 26 Hull 20.
A&T scorers: Aiden Green 14, Levi Edwards 13, Freddie Cox 13, Charlie Burgess 13, Ada Cox 7.
Northern Junior League standings
Astley & Tyldesley 21 match pts (459 race pts); Sheffield 21 (442); Bury 15 (223); Hull 9 (135); Heckmondwike 6 (105); Stockport 6 (68).
The Fours League match was a hard fought affair, which was won on the day by Bury. Stockport edged out Astley & Tyldesley by a single point. A&T finished the day by remaining as league leaders, but are now only one point ahead of second placed Stockport.
Steve Harris pulled off two superb passes on the opening laps of his first two races, as he went on to record a 16 points maximum score. Reece Pollitt gated superbly in each race, as he too posted a 16 points maximum score. However, the absence of any more 1st teamers, saw 2nd team riders Mick Knowles and Charlie Burgess promoted to the team, and they scored 8 and 6 points respectively.
Northern Fours League match result
Bury 52 Stockport 47 Astley & Tyldesley 46 Hull 40 Sheffield 27 Heckmondwike 19.
A&T scorers: Steve Harris 16, Reece Pollitt 16, Mick Knowles 8, Charlie Burgess 6.
Northern Fours League standings
Astley & Tyldesley 21 (197); Stockport 20 (189); Bury 18 (188); Hull 12 (155); Heckmondwike 7 (109); Sheffield 6 (111).
Many congratulations to Emily Burgess, who was runner up in the Young Sports Achiever category at the Inspired Wigan #BelieveSportsAwards 2019, at the DW Stadium on Friday evening.
Emily won two British Individual titles at the end of the 2018 season and won the World u-16 Girls individual Final in Poland in August.