Sport: Cycle Speedway

Astley & Tyldesley skipper Mick Knowles leading the Sheffield pair of Laura Watson and James Morris. Photo courtesy of Len Priestley, A&T Official Club Photographer.

The Manchester League Grand Prix Series was concluded, when Bury staged Round 6, at Goshen Sports Centre, on Wednesday evening.

In the Division 2 match, despite Astley & Tyldesley setting up a new all time record team score of 78 points from their top 5 scorers on the night, to draw level on match points, Bury scored enough race points to retain their lead over A&T. Therefore, Bury have won this year’s Manchester League Division 2 title, ending A&T’s six years run of wins in the league. A&T’s Oscar Belt, Duncan Whalley, Charlie Burgess and Matt Snell all raced unbeaten in the u-10, u-13, u-16 and u-19 categories respectively, with the 5th top scorer Levi Edwards, losing only to Oscar Belt in the u-10 match. The Individual Grand Prix Series winners were all decided, with trophies awarded to the following winners, Bobby Dunphy (Bury) u-10; Tom Dunphy (Bury) u-13; Charlie Burgess (A&T) u-16.

Manchester League Division 2 result (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)

Astley & Tyldesley 78 Bury 51

A&T scorers: Oscar Belt 16, Duncan Whalley 16, Charlie Burgess 16, Matt Snell 16, Levi Edwards 14, Harriet Belt 10, Alex Lawless 8.
Final Div. 2 table
Bury – 8 League points (321 race points)Astley & Tyldesley – 8 League points (299 race points)

The roles were reversed in the Division 1 match that followed. Bury took the team win on the night, but league leaders Astley & Tyldesley’s second place on the night was more than enough to secure the team title, finishing two match points ahead of Bury. So, Astley & Tyldesley have retained the Division 1 title that they won in 2019. The Individual Grand Prix Series winners were decided, with trophies awarded to Stockport’s Terry Norman, for winning both the Senior and Veterans series.

Manchester League Division 1 result

Bury 57 Astley & Tyldesley 28 Stockport 23

A&T scorers: Steve Harris 13, Matt Snell 9, Duncan Whalley 6.
Final Div. 1 table
Astley & Tyldesley – 13 League points (196 race points)Bury – 11 League points (203 race points)Stockport – 7 League points (106 race points).

A much changed Astley & Tyldesley team rode to a 100-59 win at Stockport in a North & Scotland League Division 1 match. On a hot, sunny day, the home team had riders missing, whilst A&T fielded two u-10 riders, Sonny Waddington and Levi Edwards, and had Mike Hack riding in his first match for eight years.

For A&T, Steve Harris lost once each to Jake Read and Ben Higham, whilst Reece Pollitt was unbeaten, apart from a machine failure in heat 12. It was a friendly sporting match, and credit to both clubs for completing the fixture under the current difficult circumstances.

North & Scotland League Division 1 result

Stockport 59 Astley & Tyldesley 100

A&T scorers: Steve Harris 21 (plus 1 bonus), Reece Pollitt 19 (1), Sonny Waddington 19, Duncan Whalley 17, Levi Edwards 12 (5), Mike Hack 12 (2).

A&T’s three riders rode to a 36-0 whitewash win in the Division 3 match, with Duncan Whalley racing unbeaten.

North & Scotland League Division 3 result

Stockport 0 Astley & Tyldesley 36

A&T scorers: Duncan Whalley 16, Sonny Waddington 12, Levi Edwards 8.

A&T had three riders in action at the 4th and final North Regional Round of the British Youth & Junior League and Little League series, at Sheffield on Saturday, and all three turned in excellent performances.

Alex Lawless scored 12 points in the u-8 qualifying heats before finishing 3rd in the u-8 Grand Prix ‘A’ Final. Frank White extended his two years unbeaten run at age category racing by scoring a 16 points maximum in the u-10 heats and winning the u-10 Grand Prix ‘A’ Final. Duncan Whalley also raced unbeaten in the u-14 qualifying heats, before winning the u-14 Grand Prix ‘A’ Final.

Little League match score

Sheffield 72 Astley & Tyldesley 28 Hull 24 Bury 16.

British Youth & Junior League match score

Sheffield 84 Hull 32 Astley & Tyldesley 16 Bury 12.

Little League North Regional Series final positions

Sheffield 14 Astley & Tyldesley 9 Bury 7 Hull 6.

British Youth & Junior League North Regional Series final positions

Sheffield 13 Astley & Tyldesley 12 Hull 10.5 Bury 4.5.

Top two teams from each Region qualify for the National Round at East Park (Wolverhampton) on Saturday 18th September.

On Saturday (31st July) Astley & Tyldesley host the prestigious Home Internationals meeting at Gin Pit. First up is the Women’s Regional Pairs match at 11 am, followed by the Veterans International at 12.30 pm, the Junior International at 2.30 pm and the Senior International at 4.30 pm. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland teams will be competing.

The racing is at the Astley & Tyldesley Miners’ Welfare Club, Meanley Road, Gin Pit, Tyldesley, M29 7DW.

Mike Hack
Astley & Tyldesley Cycling Club Press Officer