MATCH REPORT: Bury get revenge on Falcons

Bury entertained Edinburgh at Goshen in a Northern League One fixture. These matches are always tight and the home side were looking for revenge after losing the away fixture earlier in the season.

With the track in superb condition, Bury’s Taylor and Parish gave the home side the best possible start with 7 points, Ramsden/Scranage and then Owen/Elston both added 6 pointers, as Bury hurried into an 8 point lead.

The visitors hit back in the fourth with a good 6-4 to Swanson/Hewitson despite the efforts of Parish, taking a fine second place. A purple patch for the home side, saw a 6-4 and then two maximum 7 pointers from Taylor/Parish and Owen/Elston, to lead by 14. Mikey Hewitson took the eighth heat, with Swanson/Grszla 6-4 reducing the deficit to 14 at race 9.

Although the visitors scored some race victories after the interval through Lawrence, Hewitson and Lee, Bury scored a further four heat victories for a comprehensive 102-76 win. It was a really good team performance with contributions throughout, Danny Taylor, Kris Ramsden, Chris Parish and Will Owen scored heavily with James Elston having a couple of decisions go against him. Usual high scorer Ben Scranage points compromised by his nasty leg injury from Wednesday night. Hewitson, Swanson and Lee lead the away challenge, but some excellent racing from both teams saw the points go to Bury.


Bury 102
Chris Parish 17+2, Danny Taylor 18+1, Ben Scranage 8-1 (3), Kris Ramsden 16, Will Owen 16+2, James Elston 11, Dawid Renc 7 (4), Neil Howarth 9+1 (4).

Edinburgh 76
Mikey Hewittson 14+1, Marcin Czarkowski 7 (4), Kamel Greszlia 11, Douglas Morgan 4(3), Mark Lee 12, Calum Slight 7/1 (4), Neil Swanson 13 (5), Lee Lawrence 8 (5).

Referee Joe Halloren

Northern League Division 2 and 3

The Division 2 match against Edinburgh was always going to be a tough one, as Edinburgh are flying high in the league, with a very strong side of experienced older riders and good youngsters, who are currently vying for the Division 2 title with Sheffield, the current holders.

It proved. After a drawn first heat, Edinburgh went into the lead, and Bury took three more drawn heats, meaning Edinburgh were 9 points up at the interval.

A disastrous heat 8 saw both Bury riders excluded and Edinburgh went ahead even further. It was heat 11 before Bury took a heat advantage, with a 6-4 win from Danny Taylor and Joe Holleran.

Danny Taylor and James Elston took another 6-4 heat win in the last race, but it was too late as Edinburgh ran out convincing winners 85 points to 59.

Danny Taylor rode to a faultless maximum 20 point score and was well backed up by James Elston on 14 points. Will Thacker rode well for his 9 points, but it was the solidity throughout in Edinburgh’s team that gave them the win.

In the Division 3 match, Edinburgh were unable to field any riders in the age related under 13s grand prix series, but Bury fielded 15 youngsters from their thriving young riders training programme and therefore took all the points 156 to Bury, Edinburgh 0.

Top scorers were Adam Turnbull 16, Louis Turner 16, Daniel Miller 14, Josh Neath 14, Sean Etheridge 13, Charlie Thacker 13, Louis Habib 11, Thom Deakin 10, Zak Thacker 9, Angel Etheridge 9, Jake Brayshaw 9, Duncan Whalley 7, Hermione Whalley 6 and Rowan Neath 4.