Cycle Speedway Update

riders on a cycle track

Astley & Tyldesley staged a full programme of racing at Gin Pit on Sunday. Riders faced variable weather conditions during the afternoon, with rain showers, strong winds and sunshine, to contend with! Fortunately, the Gin Pit track held up well throughout.

A&T and Heckmondwike fought out a close battle in the North & Scotland League Division 2 match. The scores were level at the interval, 39-39, as race exclusions for Levi Edwards and Nahom Tumizghy cancelled out a first race 6-4 win by Steve Harris and Josh Pilkington. In complete contrast, A&T took heat wins in five of the next six races, as Heckmondwike’s veteran riders tired, to clinch the match points, with one race to go. Heckmondwike took a consolation 7-2 in the last race, to make the final score 76-70, in A&T’s favour.

Duncan Whalley raced unbeaten for A&T, with Emily Burgess and Steve Harris losing only to Heckmondwike’s two best riders, Darren Kent and Dan Green. Josh Pilkington’s contribution was vital to A&T’s win.

North & Scotland League Division 2 result

Astley & Tyldesley 76 Heckmondwike 70

A&T scorers: Duncan Whalley 19 (plus 1 bonus), Emily Burgess 18, Steve Harris 16 (1), Josh Pilkington 13, Nahom Tumizghy 5 (1), Levi Edwards 5, Charlotte Brighouse dnr.

A&T raced to a convincing 71-7 win in the Northern League Division 3 match. Alex Lawless and Josh Pilkington both raced unbeaten in the u-10 and u-13 categories respectively.

North & Scotland League Division 3 result

Astley & Tyldesley 71 Heckmondwike 7

A&T scorers: Alex Lawless 16, Josh Pilkington 16, Heather Brighouse 12, Levi Edwards 12, Nahom Tumizghy 11, Charlotte Brighouse 4.

The day’s racing concluded with an entertaining 1st team challenge match against Wednesfield. The West Midlanders took eleven 6-4 heat wins during the match, to run out 101.5 – 78.5 winners, in a very sporting match. A&T’s top three riders of Terry Norman, Duncan Whalley and Steve Harris battled manfully, to keep A&T in contention throughout. 

Division 1 Challenge result

Astley & Tyldesley 78.5 Wednesfield 101.5

A&T scorers: Terry Norman 19 (1), Duncan Whalley 19, Steve Harris 18 (1), Josh Pilkington 10, Nahom Tumizghy 6.5, Levi Edwards 6.

Next up at Gin Pit sees A&T take on Fife, in a North & Scotland League Division 1 match next Sunday (14 April), 1 pm start. This is followed by a Division 1 Challenge match against Edinburgh, at 3 pm.

Photo attached is of A&T’s Emily Burgess (l) and Steve Harris (r), leading Heckmondwike’s Pat Beacock, courtesy of Astley & Tyldesley Official Club Photographer, Len Priestley. More to view on the A&T Club website –

Issued by Mike Hack

Astley & Tyldesley Cycling Club Press Officer