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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.

Astley & Tyldesley took on Sheffield Stars, in the opening matches of the 2019 North & Scotland League season on Sunday. On a cold, windy afternoon, there was a large crowd to watch an entertaining day’s racing at Gin Pit.

A&T opened up a 40-29 lead, after 7 heats, in the Division 2 match. Sheffield hit back with three successive heat wins to reduce the gap to 4 points. A 7-3 to the John White/ Mick Knowles pairing over Kielan Burton/ James Morris in the penultimate race sealed the match points for A&T, who went on to secure a 63-55 win. Mick Knowles raced unbeaten for A&T, with comeback rider Matt Snell having three wins and a gate exclusion. A&T used all eight riders, in this first taste of the new 4 rider plus 4 substitutes formula, over 12 heats. Luke Morton top scored for Sheffield and he featured in four of their five heat wins.

North & Scotland League Division 2 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 63 Sheffield 55
A&T scorers: Mick Knowles 14 (plus 2 bonus), Emily Burgess 12 (1), Matthew Snell 12, John White 10, Lee Phillips 7, Mark Grantham 5, Tom Morrissey 2, Charlie Burgess 1.

A&T began their defence of the North & Scotland League Division 3 title, with an all time record score, winning 238-23. A&T’s John White raced to a 16 points maximum in the u-13s match, which had 9 riders competing. 15 riders contested the u-10s match, and three riders jointly top scored with 15 points apiece. A&T’s Aiden Green lost only to team mate Frank White in heat 2. Sheffield’s Edward Balfour lost only to Green in heat 9, whilst White lost only to Balfour in heat 13.

North & Scotland League Division 3 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 238 Sheffield 23
A&T scorers: John White 16, Aiden Green 15, Frank White 15, Levi Edwards 14, Tom Morrissey 14, Charlie Burgess 14, Harriet Belt 12, Tom Beeley 12, Freddie Cox 12, Oscar Belt 12, Fraser Brundrett 12, Chloe Warn 12, Lewis Skitterall 11, Duncan Whalley 11,Stephen Warn 10, Lucy Grantham 8, Sabrina Evans 7, Owen Simcock 7, Mason Ankrett 6, Aliesha Green 6, Myles Grantham 6, Jackson Taylor 6.

Astley & Tyldesley’s three riders all impressed in the Frank Knight Memorial trophy meeting at Sheffield on Saturday.

Pawel Idziorek and Steve Harris both scored 16 points, with Pawel winning a run-off for overall 2nd place. Reece Pollitt finished just 1 point behind, on 15, to share 4th place with Stockport’s Ben Higham. Hull’s Andy Angell scored 19, to take the overall win on the day.

Astley & Tyldesley take on Bury in a North & Scotland League fixture at Gin Pit, on Sunday (31st March). Tapes up at 1 pm.