Sport – Cycle Speedway

A&T's Pawel Idziorek (left) swooping round the outside of Edinburgh's Ed Morton. Photo courtesy of A&T Club Photographer, Len Priestley.

Astley & Tyldesley maintained their 100% record in the North & Scotland League, with convincing wins in all three divisions against Edinburgh at Gin Pit on Sunday.

The Division 1 match was a hard fought event, with numerous re-runs leading to the match taking over two hours to run. A&T took the lead in heat 1, with a 6-4 to the Kamil Bielica/ Steve Harris pairing. A 7-3 to the Bielica/ Tomasz Wlodarczyk pair in heat 5 put A&T firmly in control with a 29-21 lead. Edinburgh kept in contention mid match, before a 7-3 heat win to the Bielica/ Reece Pollitt pairing in heat 12 was followed by a 7-2 to the Pawel Idziorek/ Pollitt pairing in heat 14. This made the scores 77-62. An unsavoury incident in heat 17 saw Edinburgh’s Craig Newsome red carded for a bike throwing incident and dissent to the referee. A&T rounded off the match with a 7-3 to the Pollitt/ Idziorek pairing, to make the final score 100-72. Kamil Bielica and Reece Pollitt both raced unbeaten for A&T, with solid support throughout. Captain Mikey Hewitson was best for Edinburgh, with three race wins and lost twice only to Pollitt.

North & Scotland League Division 1 match result

Astley & Tyldesley 100 Edinburgh 72
A&T scorers: Kamil Bielica 24, Reece Pollitt 22 (plus 2 bonus), Pawel Idziorek 20 (1), Steve Harris 14 (1), Tomasz Wlodarczyk 13 (3), Adam Phillips 4, Kyle Holland 2 (1), Mick Knowles 1, Mark Grantham dnr, Paul Graham dnr.

In the Division 2 match, A&T opened up with a 7-3 heat win to the Emily Burgess/ Mark Grantham pairing. Three shared heats followed, before A&T took control of the match with four successive maximum heat wins, to move into a 50-29 lead. The final match score was 72-47. Emily Burgess, Mark Grantham, Mick Knowles, John White, Matt Snell and Lee Phillips all dropped their only points to Edinburgh’s top rider Lewis Foxley.

North & Scotland League Division 2 match result

Astley & Tyldesley 72 Edinburgh 47

A&T scorers: Emily Burgess 17 (1), Matt Snell 14 (1), Mark Grantham 12 (2), John White 10 (1), Tom Morrissey 7 (1), Mick Knowles 5 (2), Lee Phillips 5 (1), Charlie Burgess 2.

A&T had another impressive turn out of riders for the Division 3 match and ran out convincing 166-20 winners. Oscar Belt, Aiden Green and Frank White all joint top scored in the u-10s match, with 15 points each. Aiden and Frank lost once to each other, with Oscar losing only to Aiden. Charlie Burgess raced to a maximum score in the u-13s match.

North & Scotland League Division 3 match result

Astley & Tyldesley 166 Edinburgh 20

A&T scorers: Charlie Burgess 16, Oscar Belt 15, Aiden Green 15, Frank White 15, Duncan Whalley 14, Chloe Warn 12, Stephen Warn 11, Harriet Belt 10, Lewis Skitterall 10, Lucy Grantham 10, Ada Cox 8, Levi Edwards 8, Myles Grantham 8, Aliesha Green 7, Owen Simcock 7.

Racing at Sheffield on Saturday, Astley & Tyldesley took two convincing wins. A&T took the Little League team prize, scoring 98 points, Sheffield were second on 57, with Bury third (21) and Hull (8) fourth. A&T’s Frank White won the u-8s Grand Prix A Final, with Aiden Green 2nd in the u-10s Grand Prix A Final.

In the British Youth & Junior League match, A&T won the team prize, scoring 69 points, Sheffield were runners up with 36, while Bury finished third on 19.

 A&T had three of the four Grand Prix A Final winners – Tom Morrissey (u-12), John White (u-14), Chloe Warn (Girls).