MATCH REPORT: Manchester League Round 4
Astley & Tyldesley hosted Round 4 of the Manchester League Grand Prix series. On a warm, sunny evening, plenty of good racing took place on a well watered track and following the efforts of club members at the track work weekend.
A&T’s junior riders were out in force and made it three wins out of four, with some determined riding. In the u-10s match, A&T’s Ben Dickinson and Joe Quarmby dropped just one point apiece, as did Bury’s Daniel Miller. A&T’s Max Evans and Bury’s Tom Whitwam both raced to a 16 points maximum in the u-13s match. The u-16s were combined with the u-19s match, so the points scored on the track were adjusted later to split the groups. In the u-16s category, A&T pair Adam Phillips and Reece Pollitt, along with Sheffield’s Adam Watson, finished with 14 apiece. Both Jake Read and Jack Lush were unbeaten in the u-19s event. With so many high scorers, A&T’s top five scorers on the night ensured a convincing win, to put the team in a strong position with two rounds of the series remaining.
Manchester League Division 2 match result (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)
Astley & Tyldesley 74, Bury 65, Stockport 53, Sheffield 14
U-10s: Ben Dickinson (A&T) 15, Daniel Miller (Bury) 15, Joe Quarmby (A&T) 15, Emily Burgess (A&T) 14, Daniel Bowler (Bury) 13, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 12, John White (A&T) 11, Tom Deakin (Bury) 9, Charlie Dickinson (A&T) 9, Jack Murray (A&T) 9, Luke Hill (A&T) 8, Jack Littler (A&T) 8, Max Quarmby (A&T) 7, Duncan Whalley (Bury) 6, Hermione Whalley (Bury) 5.
U-13s: Tom Whitwam (Bury) 16, Max Evans (A&T) 16, James Barry (Stockport) 12, Matt Snell (A&T) 10, Louis Wright (Stockport) 9, Louis Turner (Bury) 9, Sean Etheridge (Bury) 4.
U-16s: Adam Phillips (A&T) 14, Reece Pollitt (A&T) 14, Adam Watson (Sheffield) 14, Ciaran Collins (A&T) 12.
U-19s: Jake Read (Stockport) 16, Jack Lush (Stockport) 16, Robyn Whalley (Bury) 12.
Referee – Bill Phillips (Astley & Tyldesley).
A&T had their best turn out of the season in the Division 1 (seniors) match and took 2nd place behind Stockport. Jake Read and Ben Higham headed the scores, as Stockport took their fourth successive win of the series, to maintain their position at the top.
Manchester League Division 1 match result (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)
Stockport 61, Astley & Tyldesley 36, Bury 9, Sheffield 9.
Seniors: Jake Read (Stockport) 14, Ben Higham (Stockport) 14, Terry Norman (Stockport) 12, Chris Eaton (Stockport) 12, Reece Pollitt (A&T) 10, Ben Scranage (Bury) 9, Adam Watson (Sheffield) 9, Luke Jamson (A&T) 9, Jack Lush (Stockport) 9, Adam Phillips (A&T) 9, Joe Allen (A&T) 8, Ryan Harrison (Stockport) 3.
Referee – Bill Phillips (Astley & Tyldesley)