MATCH REPORT: BYJL North & Scotland Regional Round 1 at Hull
Report by Andy Schofield
Hull staged the first Northern regional round of The British Youth & Junior League and Little League on a damp day that followed a wet week in East Yorkshire. James Vaneer from Heckmondwike headed home the home fans favourite Alexis Woodcock in the under 8’s. In the under 10’s Bury’s Bobby Dunphy won all of his heats and took the ‘A’ Final from the fast improving Ellwood Harrison of Hull with Sheffield’s Lincoln Akroyd third and Thomas Smith of Astley & Tyldesley in fourth place. The under 12’s was won in similar style by Frank White of Astley & Tyldesley who went through the card with Sheffield’s Oliver Banyard in close attendance in second place in the ‘A’ final and home riders Spencer Glenton and Harry Gibson filling the minor placings. The team event was won comfortably by the home side from Bury and Sheffield filling the top three places.
Track conditions were becoming tricky as the rain returned and Noah Lyon of Hull beat team mate Harvey McClachlan in each race for the under 14’s and Sheffield’s Lacey Akroyd repeated this feat against Hull’s Kacey Bennett in the girls competition. The under 16/18’s was the most competitive event of the day with Tom Dunphy of Bury heading the under 16’s heats before Astley & Tyldesley’s Duncan Whalley took the ‘A’ Final from Tom in second place with Sheffield’ Sam Stansfield and Joe Brownell in third and fourth place. Astley & Tyldesley’s John White won all his qualifying rounds and led Sheffield’s Jack Brownell from the taps in the under 18’s ‘A’ Final. Hull just took the team honours with Sheffield and Astley & Tyldesley all separated at the top by just three points.
‘A’ Final: 1 James Vaneer (Heckmondwike), 2 Alexis Woodcock (Hull)
‘A’ Final: 1 Bobby Dunphy (Bury), 2 Ellwood Harrison (Hull), 3 Lincoln Akroyd (Sheffield), 4 Thomas Smith (Astley & Tyldesley)
‘B’ Final: 1 Jayden Bennet (Hull), 2 Polly Gowans (Hull)
Team Scores: Hull 36, Bury 16, Sheffield 11, Astley & Tyldesley 9, Heckmondwike 8.
British Youth & Junior League
‘A’ Final: 1 Lacey Akroyd (Sheffield), 2 Kacey Bennett (Hull)
‘A’ Final: 1 Noah Lyon (Hull), 2 Harvey McClachlan (Hull)
‘A’ Final: 1 Duncan Whalley (Astley & Tyldesley), 2 Tom Dunphy (Bury), 3 Sam Stansfield (Sheffield), 4 Joe Brownell (Sheffield)
‘A’ Final :1 John White (Astley Tyldesley), 2 Jack Brownell (Sheffield)
Team Scores: Hull 58, Sheffield 55, Astley & Tyldesley 54, Bury 13, Heckmondwike 6.
Referee: Andy Schofield