MATCH REPORT: Manchester League Round 4

Astley & Tyldesley staged Round 4 of the Manchester League Grand Prix series, on a warm Wednesday evening at Gin Pit.

First up were the u-10s and A&T’s John White rode to his fourth successive maximum score in this series.

A&T’s Jack Murray lost only to John White, whilst John’s 5 year old brother Frank put him a storming display to score 13 points.

Both A&T’s Matt Snell and Sheffield’s Tom Whitwam raced unbeaten in the u-13s match.

As usual, the U16 and U19 categories were combined with points subsequently adjusted. A&T’s Reece Pollitt won all his four races on the track.

Three U16 riders joint top scored, each with 15 points. Stockport’s Devon Campbell and Bury’s James Elston lost to each other, whilst A&T’s Ciaran Collins lost only to Bury’s Adam Turnbull in heat 11.

In the team event, A&T equalled their record score in this competition, with only one of their top scoring 5 riders dropping a point to an opposition rider.

Manchester League Division 2 match result (top 5 scorers only count to their team’s total)
Astley & Tyldesley 77 Bury 60 Stockport 45 Sheffield 16

U10s: John White (A&T) 16, Jack Murray (A&T) 14, Frank White (A&T) 13, Duncan Whalley (Bury) 12, Josh Parkinson (A&T) 12, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 12,
Kaci Neath (Bury) 12, Sabrina Evans (A&T) 7, Ethan Davies (A&T) 7, Aiden Green (A&T) 5.
U13s: Tom Whitwam (Sheffield) 16, Matt Snell (A&T) 16, Emily Burgess (A&T) 10, Harry Radford (Bury) 10, Louis Turner (Bury) 9, Josh Neath (Bury) 8,
Luis Roberts (Bury) 6, Holly Quinn (Bury) 5.
U16s: Devon Campbell (Stockport) 15, James Elston (Bury) 15, Ciaran Collins (A&T) 15, Michael Preston (Stockport) 13, Adam Turnbull (Bury) 11,
Max Evans (A&T) 10, Louis Wright (Stockport) 9, Eryk Motala (Bury) 9, Lance McCabe (Stockport) 8, Asim Hussain (Bury) 7.
U19s: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 16.

Referees – Matthew Turnbull and Mike Hack.

Team standings after 4 rounds
Astley & Tyldesley 15.5, Bury 12.5, Stockport 8, Sheffield 4.

There was a lower turnout than usual in the Seniors (Division 1) match, but the racing was still hotly contested.

Stockport’s Ben Higham top scored, dropping his only points to team mates Terry Norman in heat 1 and Jake Read in heat 8.

Stockport took their first team win of the season, to cut Bury’s lead to 2 points, with 2 rounds remaining.

Manchester League Division 1 match result (top 5 scorers only count to their team’s total)
Stockport 34 Bury 28 Astley & Tyldesley 12

Seniors: Ben Higham (Stockport) 14, Kristian Ramsden (Bury) 12, Reece Pollitt (A&T) 12, Terry Norman (Stockport) 11, Jake Read (Stockport) 9,
Adam Turnbull (Bury) 8, Eryk Motala (Bury) 8.

Referee – Mike Hack.

Team standings after 4 rounds
Bury 11, Stockport 9, Astley & Tyldesley 4.