MATCH REPORT: Hull on fire in explosive match as Pollitt shines for A&T

Hull 118 – 58 Astley and Tyldesley, Northern League 1, 30th March 2014

On an overcast, cold misty day, A&T took a line-up strong in numbers to the other side of the Pennies to contest 3 Divisions of Cycle speedway at Hull CS.

In the Division 1 match, a weakened A&T Team lined up with plenty of youth, due to work commitments. Hull took six maximum 7-3 heat wins early on to move into a 26 point lead after 7 heats. It was young whippet Reece Pollit who would break the Hull strangle hold taking a win in Heat 7. Hull never looked like relinquishing a big lead though in a match which had plenty of the ‘colour’ which the weather lacked. Hull went on to all score strongly whilst Reece Pollitt and Joe Allen were the only A&T scores in double figures.

Northern League Division 1 match result
Hull 118 Astley & Tyldesley 58
(Bonus points in brackets)
Hull: L. Aylmer 20, A. Stephenson 17(3), S.Schofield 16(1), A.Angell 15(5), B.Swanborough 15(3), C.Boddice 14(1), N.Everett 13, R. Stockton-Gradner 8(1)

A&T: Reece Pollitt 14, Joe Allen 11 (1), Lee Phillips 7, Max Evans 7, Ciaran Collins 7, Matthew Snell 6, Emily Burgess 4, Paul Graham 2,
Referee – Andy Moody.

The Division 2 match was close for the first 3 races, as teams shared wins with 5-5 heat scores. Heat 4 saw the first 6-4 go to Hull though and the match never really looked in doubt. The slightly more experienced Hull Team kept just working away with 5-5 all heat share. In the end only 6 of the 15 Heats would be won 6-4 or 7-3 but crucially it was Hull who took 5 of these 6. Young pairing of Reece Pollitt and Max Evans took A&Ts only Heat win with a 7-3 in the very last race. The young team acquitted themselves very well in speed and attitude though and it was great see some first time 2nd Division riders.

Northern League Division 2 match result
Hull 80, Astley & Tyldesley 69
Hull: Rich Powson 19, Chris Cook 16(1), Josh Bellis 15(1), Rob Stockton-Gradner 9(1), Katie Greaves 8(2), Andy Moody (7), Rich Moulson 4, Charlie Wade 2.
A&T: Reece Pollitt 19 (1), Max Evans 15(2), , Ciaran Collins 11, Matthew Snell 7 (2), Ben Dickinson 7 (1), Emily Burgess 5, Joe Quarmby 1, Charlie Dickinson 1.

Referee – A. Schofield.

A&T’s u-13 riders once again turned out in force for the Division 3 match which was brilliant to see. Unbeaten this season, their racing only matched by an excellent A&T away support. There were plenty of big scores by the Team Green riders, whilst Charlie Wade, the lone Hull rider, put in a great individual effort.

Northern League Division 3 match result
Hull 13 Astley & Tyldesley 98

Hull: Charlie Wade, 13.
A&T: , Max Evans 16, Matthew Snell 14, Ben Dickinson 13, Joe Quarmby 12, Emily Burgess 10, Charlie Burgess 9 , John White 8, Max Quarmby 8, Charlie Dickinson 8.

Referee – A. Schofield