MATCH REPORT: Numbers boost in Manchester League Round 4

Astley and Tyldesley hosted Round 4 of the Manchester League Grand Prix series, on a very hot summer solstice evening at Gin Pit on Wednesday. There was the biggest turn out of the series so far, with 35 riders racing, including 21 from the home club.

A&T’s first year rider, Tom Morrissey, scored his first ever maximum in the U10s match, inflicting the only defeats on team mate Duncan Whalley and Bury’s Kaci Neath. A&T’s Emily Burgess raced to a convincing maximum score in the U13s event.

The U16 and U19 categories were combined, with A&T’s Reece Pollitt racing unbeaten. A&T’s Max Evans recovered from a head injury at Wednesfield on Saturday, to top score in the U16s event, losing only to Stockport’s Michael Preston in heat 4.

A&T took the win for the fourth successive round, with an all time record Manchester League Division 2 score of 78 points, with only one point dropped by the top 5 scorers to an opponent.

Manchester League Division 2 match score (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)
Astley & Tyldesley 78 Stockport 59 Bury 38

U10s: Tom Morrissey (A&T) 16, Kaci Neath (Bury) 15, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 15, Fraser Brundrett (A&T) 12, Aiden Green (A&T) 12, Frank White (A&T) 11, Daniel Johnson (A&T) 9, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 8, Rowan Neath (Bury) 6, Sabrina Evans (A&T) 6.

U13s: Emily Burgess (A&T) 16, Harry Radford (Bury) 11, John White (A&T) 11, Josh Neath (Bury) 6, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 6.

U16s: Max Evans (A&T) 15, Michael Preston (Stockport) 14, Louis Wright (Stockport) 14, Daniel Mason (Stockport) 13, Matt Snell (A&T) 12, Devon Campbell (Stockport) 11, Daniel Pickup (A&T) 11, Ben Forshaw (A&T) 8, Lance McCabe (Stockport) 7.

U19s: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 16.

Referees – Catherine White and Chas Whalley.

18 riders lined up for the Division 1 (senior) match, the highest of the series so far. Stockport’s Ben Higham raced to a 16 points maximum and inflicted the only defeat on team mate Jake Read in heat 19. Stockport narrowly edged out Astley & Tyldesley to take their third win of the series.

Manchester League Division 1 match score (top 5 scorers only count to team totals)
Stockport 61 Astley & Tyldesley 57 Sheffield 21 Bury 12

Seniors: Ben Higham (Stockport) 16, Jake Read (Stockport) 15, Louis Wright (Stockport) 13, Reece Pollitt (A&T) 13, Adam Watson (Sheffield) 13, Kris Ramsden (Bury) 12, Max Evans (A&T) 12, Mark Grantham (A&T) 11, Mick Knowles (A&T) 11, Kyle Holland (A&T) 10, Emily Burgess (A&T) 9, Daniel Mason (Stockport) 9, Paul Graham (A&T) 9, Devon Campbell (Stockport) 8, Laura Watson (Sheffield) 8, Lance McCabe (Stockport) 7, Mark Brundrett (A&T) 7, Ben Forshaw (A&T) 5.

Referee – Mike Hack.

Manchester League positions after 4 of 6 rounds ridden.

Division 2: Astley & Tyldesley 12 Bury 6 Stockport 6
Division 1: Stockport 14 Astley & Tyldesley 12 Sheffield 7 Bury 3