Astley & Tyldesley hosted Round 6 of the Manchester League series at Gin Pit on Wednesday evening.
A&T took the win in the Division 1 match, to seal the Division 1 title for the first time since 2008, ending Stockport’s incredible run of ten successive Division 1 title wins.
Manchester League Division 1 result (top 5 scorers count only to their team’s total)
Astley & Tyldesley 48 Stockport 22
Final Division 1 standings:
Astley & Tyldesley 14 Stockport 11 Bury 4 Sheffield 1.
A&T ran out easy winners in the Division 2 match, to complete the season unbeaten and win the title for the sixth successive year. Grand Prix series winners A&T’s Aiden Green (u-10) and Emily Burgess (Women) both scored 16 points maximums, to go through the series unbeaten in all 24 races each! A&T’s Tom Morrissey won heat 1 of the u-13 match and that was sufficient for him to clinch the overall u-13 Grand Prix series, as Charlie Burgess top scored on the night.
Manchester League Division 2 result (top 5 scorers count only to their team’s total)
Astley & Tyldesley 73 Bury 26
Final Division 2 standings:
Astley & Tyldesley 14 Bury 7 Stockport 2.
Astley & Tyldesley’s young riders enjoyed a successful day’s racing at Norwich on Saturday. A&T took a second successive third place finish in the British Youth & Junior League national round match, again behind Poole and Kesgrave.
Best performer for A&T was Emily Burgess, who rode to a superb 16 points maximum score in the Girls match. In the Grand Prix ‘A’ Final, she came second, after drawing an outside grid against her main rival, Macie Schmidt, of Poole, who took the race win.
BYJL National Round 2 result
Poole 103 Kesgrave 81 Astley & Tyldesley 56 Coventry 54 Leicester 41 Ipswich 35 Newport 0 Sheffield 0.
Poole 16 Kesgrave 14 Astley & Tyldesley 12 Leicester 9 Coventry 8 Ipswich 4 Newport 4 Sheffield 2.
In the Little League match, Frank White raced to a superb 16 points maximum in the qualifying heats and took his second u-8 Grand Prix ‘A’ Final win of the series.
Astley & Tyldesley raced to victory in Sunday’s North & Scotland Junior Cup Final at Bury.
The first three races were shared, before John White and Emily Burgess took a 7-3 over Harry Radford and Dawar Mohammadi. A 6-4 to Ciaran Collins and Emily over Kaysar Mohammadi and Harry put A&T six points up at the halfway stage. A comfortable 7-2 win to Emily and Matt Snell in the next race put A&T 40-29 ahead. A&T rounded off the match with a last heat 7-3 to John White and Emily to run out convincing 68-51 winners. All five A&T riders put in a solid performance. This is the fifth time that A&T have won the cup, but the first time since 2000.
North & Scotland Junior K.O. Cup Final result
Bury 51 Astley & Tyldesley 68
There was disappointment for A&T in the Senior K.O. Cup Final, finishing runners-up, five points behind the winners Edinburgh. A&T and Edinburgh were in close contention throughout, with Edinburgh holding a slender 1 point lead after heat 15. Two race wins put A&T ahead with two races to go, but Steve Harris was a faller in the re-run heat 19 and that penultimate heat saw Edinburgh clinch the victory. The match hinged on two controversial races, when Steve Harris was twice brought down at the first bend. The races were both re-run, but without any exclusions to his opponents, whilst Harris failed to score in either re-run, collecting an exclusion in one and suffering a fall in the other. With the match consisting of five highly competitive teams, small margins mean the difference between winning and losing.
North & Scotland Senior K.O. Cup Final result
Edinburgh 47 Astley & Tyldesley 42 Hull 41 Stockport 35 Bury 32
Photos show the full Astley & Tyldesley junior squad with the Manchester League Division 2 trophy and the five riders who won the North & Scotland Junior K.O. Cup.