MATCH REPORT: A&T make it 5 out of 5 at Goshen

Bury staged Round 5 of the Manchester League Grand Prix series at Goshen on Wednesday. There was another good turnout of riders, this time 42, which resulted in 52 races being completed, in 2 hours 30 minutes.

Defending Manchester League Division 2 champions Astley & Tyldesley made it five wins out of five in this series, but Bury pushed them the hardest so far this season, finishing 7 points behind in second place. Bury’s Harry Radford raced unbeaten in the u-10s match, with A&T’s Joe Quarmby losing only to Radford in heat 5, whilst A&T’s John White lost only to Quarmby in heat 16.

The u-13s match saw Stockport’s Michael Preston again race unbeaten, with A&T’s Max Evans losing only to Preston in heat 4. A&T’s Ciaran Collins top scored in the u-16s match, whilst A&T’s Reece Pollitt top scored in the u-19s match. Stockport’s Jake Read was excluded in heat 3.

Manchester League Division 2 result (top 5 scorers only count to their team’s total)

Astley & Tyldesley 73 Bury 66 Stockport 48 Sheffield 23.

U-10s: Harry Radford (Bury) 16, John White (A&T) 15, Joe Quarmby (A&T) 15, Jack Littler (A&T) 14, Charlie Thacker (Bury) 13, Thom Deakin (Bury) 12, Duncan Whalley (Bury) 10, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 10, Zak Thacker (Bury) 10, Max Quarmby (A&T) 8, Angel Etheridge (Bury) 8, Kacper Renc (Bury) 7, Hermoine Whalley (Bury) 6, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 6, Kaci Neath (Bury) 6, Kyle Turner (Bury) 1.
U-13s: Michael Preston (Stockport) 16, Max Evans (A&T) 15, Kaysor Mohammedi (Bury) 13, Tom Whitwam (Sheffield) 12, Louis Turner (Bury) 12, Louis Wright (Stockport) 11, Devon Campbell (Stockport) 9, Emily Burgess (A&T) 8, Daniel Miller (Bury) 8, Josh Neath (Bury) 5, Dawar Mohammedi (Bury) 5, Sean Etheridge (Bury) 5.
U-16s: Ciaran Collins (A&T) 14, Adam Watson (Sheffield) 11, Adam Turnbull (Bury) 9.
U-19s: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 13, Jake Read (Stockport) 12, Robyn Whalley (Bury) 9.

Referees – John Burston, Matthew Turnbull and Chas Whalley.

Division 2 standings: Astley & Tyldesley 21, Bury 15, Stockport 10, Sheffield 8, Heckmondwike 1.

A&T’s Reece Pollitt top scored in the Division 1 (senior) match, losing only to Stockport’s Dylan Radcliffe in heat 8. Mat Lush and Ben Higham led the charge for defending Division 1 champions Stockport, who took the win on the night, with Astley & Tyldesley pipping Bury for second place.

Manchester League Division 1 result (top 5 scorers only count to their team’s total)

Stockport 50 Astley & Tyldesley 41 Bury 37 Sheffield 13.

Seniors: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 15, Mat Lush (Stockport) 14, Ben Higham (Stockport) 14, Adam Watson (Sheffield) 13, Kristian Ramsden (Bury) 13, Jake Read (Stockport) 13, Ben Scranage (Bury) 11, Gareth Paine (A&T) 10, Ciaran Collins (A&T) 10, Dylan Radcliffe (Stockport) 9, James Elston (Bury) 7, Will Thacker (Bury) 6, Max Evans (A&T) 6.

Referee – Chas Whalley.

Division 1 standings: Stockport 19, Astley & Tyldesley 13 (174), Bury 13 (160), Sheffield 5.

With one round to go, both Stockport and Astley & Tyldesley are assured of retaining their Division 1 and Division 2 championships respectively. However, several of the individual grand prix titles are still very much up for grabs.