Astley & Tyldesley hosted Round 1 of the Manchester League Grand Prix series at Gin Pit on Wednesday evening. The track was in an excellent damp, firm condition on a dry, pleasant evening.
The Division 2 match was raced first, with Bury’s Bobby Dunphy racing to a 16 points maximum in the u-10s category, twice defeating A&T’s Josh Pilkington. Bobby’s team mate, Jayden Hancock, emulated his performance in fine style in the u-13s category, three times heading home A&T’s Oscar Belt. Duncan Whalley, of A&T, had to pass Bury’s Tom Dunphy on three occasions, to record a 16 points maximum in the u-16s category. A&T’s top five scorers just edged out the five Bury riders, the 2021 champions, to win the Division 2 match, 65-60.Manchester League Division 2 result (top 5 scorers only count to teams’ totals)
Astley & Tyldesley 65 Bury 60
A&T scorers: Duncan Whalley 16, Josh Pilkington 14, Oscar Belt 13, Levi Edwards 12, Alex Lawless 10, Oliver Fox-Wingfield 10, Thomas Smith 8, Caspar Ellis 8, Jasmine Lawless 5, Owen Simcock 4.
All three Gt. Manchester clubs were represented in the Division 1 match. A&T’s Reece Pollitt raced to an impressive 16 points maximum score, posting the fastest time of the night, 41.28 seconds, when winning the final heat. Team mate Steve Harris, on the eve of his 54th birthday, turned in an excellent performance, losing only to Pollitt in heat 4. His fellow Grand Veteran, Stockport’s Terry Norman, also belied his years with a strong showing, losing only to Harris, who twice passed him to win heats 7 and 10. Defending champions, A&T, took the team win on the night, finishing comfortably ahead of Bury and Stockport.
Manchester League Division 1 result (top 5 scorers only count to teams’ totals)
Astley & Tyldesley 51 Bury 34 Stockport 25
A&T scorers: Reece Pollitt 16, Steve Harris 15, Duncan Whalley 7, Owen Simcock 7, Caspar Ellis 6.Issued by
Astley & Tyldesley Cycling Club Press Officer