Astley & Tyldesley raced a double header fixture in Scotland on Sunday.
It was a successful day’s racing, with three wins out of four, despite suffering their first defeat of the season in the Division 2 match at Dunfermline, against Fife.
A&T raced to a double in the morning matches at Glasgow. A&T won the Division 3 match, 37-13, with Duncan Whalley racing unbeaten and the two Granthams scoring well. *North & Scotland League Division 3 result* Glasgow 13 Astley & Tyldesley 37*A&T scorers:* Duncan Whalley 16, Lucy Grantham 13, Myles Grantham 8.
Missing riders meant that A&T fielded a weakened team, but the visitors rode to a convincing 71-49 win. Mark Grantham raced unbeaten, with Matt Snell losing only to Glasgow’s top scorer, Andy McDougall, in heat 4. Mick Knowles and Lee Phillips provided good back up. *North & Scotland League Division 2 result* Glasgow 49 Astley & Tyldesley 71*A&T scorers:* Matt Snell 23, Mark Grantham 21 (3), Mick Knowles 13 (2), Lee Phillips 10 (3), Duncan Whalley 3, Lucy Grantham 1, Myles Grantham dnr.
Duncan Whalley raced to his second Division 3 maximum of the day, as A&T won the Division 3 match at Fife, 33-17, with Lucy Grantham scoring well. *North & Scotland League Division 3 result* Fife 17 Astley & Tyldesley 33*A&T scorers:* Duncan Whalley 16, Lucy Grantham 13, Myles Grantham 4.
The missing riders proved decisive in A&T’s first Division 2 defeat of the season, at the hands of defending champions Fife. Both teams went into the match with a 100% record this year in Division 2. A&T started off well and opened up a 6 points lead, after two heats. However, two matches on the same day, on a six rides formula, proved too much for the three A&T veterans who made up the main body of the team. Fife took three 7-3 heat wins in the second half of the match, to run out narrow 62-57 winners. 15 years old Matt Snell top scored for A&T and set a new track record for the Fife circuit. Mark Grantham scored well for A&T. A more solid scoring Fife team took the win, to preserve their unbeaten record at the top of the table.
*North & Scotland League Division 2 result* Fife 62 Astley & Tyldesley 57*A&T scorers:* Matt Snell 18, Mark Grantham 16 (1), Mick Knowles 11 (1), Lee Phillips 7 (1), Duncan Whalley 4, Lucy Grantham 1, Myles Grantham dnr.