Astley & Tyldesley welcomed Sheffield Stars in an eagerly anticipated North & Scotland League fixture at a warm, sunny Gin Pit on Sunday.
The Division 1 match between reigning champions Sheffield and three times champions A&T saw the home team off to a flying start. A&T banged in four 7-3 maximum heat wins in the opening seven races, to open up a 16 points lead. Sheffield rallied in the second half, taking two 7-3 heat wins. But, A&T recorded another three 7-3 heat wins, to extend their winning margin to 21 points, with a final score of 100-79.
A&T captain Reece Pollitt celebrated his England call up with an excellent performance, losing only to a machine failure when leading his first ride. He recorded the fastest time of the day, 41.25 seconds, in heat 15. Pawel Idziorek and Pierce Bacon turned in top performances for A&T, as all top six riders won races. It was a hard fought, but sporting match between two good teams.North & Scotland League Division 1 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 100 Sheffield 79
A&T scorers: Pawel Idziorek 21 (plus 1 bonus), Reece Pollitt 18 (3), Pierce Bacon 17 (1), Steve Harris 14 (1), Tom Morrissey 11 (2), Paul Graham 11, Joel Partington 6 (1), Duncan Whalley 2.
Sheffield exacted revenge for their Division 1 defeat with a convincing 87-61 win in the Division 2 match. The match was very close for the first six races, with Sheffield holding a 30-29 lead. It was a different tale after then, as Sheffield took control, winning eight of the remaining nine heats, to run out 87-61 winners.
North & Scotland League Division 2 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 61 Sheffield 87
A&T scorers: Frank White 15, Tom Morrissey 13, Duncan Whalley 13, Owen Simcock 8, Harriet Belt 6 (1), Oscar Belt 6.
A&T ran out emphatic winners of the Division 3 match, 127 -57. A&T’s Levi Edwards and Frank White both raced unbeaten in the u-10 and u-13 categories respectively. 6 years old Lincoln Davies enjoyed his best match to date, with an excellent 12 points score.
North & Scotland League Division 3 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 127 Sheffield 57
A&T scorers: Levi Edwards 16, Frank White 16, Lincoln Davies 12, Alex Lawless 12, Ted Woods 11, Jake Mulholland 10, Oscar Belt 10, Dylan Field 8, Oliver Fox-Wingfield 8, Harriet Belt 7, Lillie Field 6, Chloe Bassett 6, Jasmine Lawless 5.
Astley & Tyldesley contested the Regional Round 2 Little League and British Youth & Junior League matches at Sheffield on Saturday. A&T finished second in both matches, behind Sheffield, but ahead of Bury and Hull. Alex Lawless and Levi Edwards finished 2nd in the Little League u-8 and u-10 Grand Prix ‘A’ Finals respectively. Frank White and Duncan Whalley won the BYJL u-12 and u-14 Grand Prix ‘A’ Finals respectively.Little League – North & Scotland Regional Round 2 result
Sheffield 41 Astley & Tyldesley 33 Bury 22 Hull 14.
A&T scorers: Levi Edwards 14, Alex Lawless 12, Lincoln Davies 7.
British Youth & Junior League – North & Scotland Regional Round 2 result
Sheffield 85 Astley & Tyldesley 40 Hull 12 Bury 11.
A&T scorers: Frank White 16, Duncan Whalley 15, Chloe Bassett 9
Photo courtesy of Len Priestley, A&T Official Club Photographer.
Tom Morrissey and Ed Morton battle for supremacy along the home straight.
Issued byMike Hack
Astley & Tyldesley Cycling Club Press Officer