MATCH REPORT: Stockport and A&T take Manchester League titles

Bury staged the 6th and final round of the Manchester League Grand Prix series on Wednesday evening. Several torrential downpours made for unpleasant conditions, but the riders were undeterred, with several titles up for grabs on the night.

The Astley & Tyldesley pair of Aiden Green and Tom Morrissey both scored 16 point maximums in the u-10s match. Their team mate Duncan Whalley dropped just one point to Aiden and his 15 points score on the night was more than enough to clinch the u-10 Grand Prix series win. Series leader Emily Burgess, of A&T, lined up for the u-13 match, despite fracturing two bones in her wrist eleven days earlier. Her determination took her to an impressive 16 points maximum score on the night and the u-13 Grand Prix title.

The Stockport pair of Michael Preston and Louis Wright started the evening as joint leaders in the u-16 series. Michael’s two wins over Louis in their last two races of the match proved decisive, with Michael beating Louis by two points on the night, to win the u-16 Grand Prix series. A&T’s Reece Pollitt was the lone u-19 rider and his sixth maximum score of the series clinched the u-19 Grand Prix title.

Astley & Tyldesley took their sixth win of the series in the team event, to retain the Division 2 title. A&T’s score of 79 points, from their top five riders on the night, set up an all time Manchester League record. Four riders raced unbeaten, with the other dropping just one point to a team mate.

Manchester League Division 2 match result (top 5 scorers only from each team count to their team total)

Astley & Tyldesley 79 Bury 57 Stockport 48

U-10s: Tom Morrissey (A&T) 16, Aiden Green (A&T) 16, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 15, Kaci Neath (Bury) 13, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 11, Fraser Brundrett (A&T) 10, Daniel Johnson (A&T) 10, Rowan Neath (Bury) 8, Rhys Rhind (A&T) 6, Ruby Rhind (A&T) 6, Raife Rhind (A&T) 5.

U-13s: Emily Burgess (A&T) 16, Harry Radford (Bury) 13, Josh Neath (Bury) 9, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 8, Jack Murray (A&T) 4.

U-16s: Michael Preston (Stockport) 15, Kaysar Mohammadi (Bury) 14, Louis Wright (Stockport) 13, Devon Campbell (Stockport) 11, Daniel Mason (Stockport) 9, Ben Forshaw (A&T) 6.

U-19s: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 16.

Referee – Matthew Turnbull

In the Senior Grand Prix series, Stockport’s Jake Read started the evening with a four points lead over last year’s winner, Reece Pollitt, of A&T. Pollitt beat Read twice in heats 2 and 7, to put real pressure on the series leader. Jake’s win from the back, over team mates Ben Higham and Michael Preston, in heat 4 ensured that he held a one point series lead going into the last round of races.

He took the race win in heat 11 to secure the Senior Grand Prix title by a single point. Reece raced to an impressive 16 points maximum score on the night, to finish runner-up in the series. Stockport easily took the team win on the night, to retain the Division 1 title.

Manchester League Division 1 match result (top 5 scorers only from each team count to their team total)

Stockport 50 Bury 29 Sheffield 19 Astley & Tyldesley 16

Seniors: Reece Pollitt (A&T) 16, Adam Watson (Sheffield) 14, Ben Higham (Stockport) 13, Kris Ramsden (Bury) 13, Jake Read (Stockport) 13, Michael Preston (Stockport) 10, Kaysar Mohammadi (Bury) 10, Devon Campbell (Stockport) 8, Neil Howarth (Bury) 6, Louis Wright (Stockport) 6, Laura Watson (Sheffield) 5.

Referee – Chas Whalley.

Final Team standings

Division 1: 1st Stockport 23 (335); 2nd Astley & Tyldesley 16 (273); 3rd Sheffield 10 (120); 4th Bury 8 (96).

Division 2: 1st Astley & Tyldesley 18 pts (450 race pts); 2nd Stockport 9 (310); 3rd Bury 9 (284).

Final Grand Prix placings

U-10s: 1st Duncan Whalley (A&T) 85; 2nd Aiden Green (A&T) 77; 3rd Kaci Neath (Bury) 71.

U-13s: 1st Emily Burgess (A&T) 88; 2nd Harry Radford (Bury) 76; 3rd Josh Neath (Bury) 58.

U-16s: 1st Michael Preston (Stockport) 82; 2nd Louis Wright (Stockport) 80; 3rd Devon Campbell (Stockport) 72.

U-19s: 1st Reece Pollitt (A&T) 96; 2nd Ciaran Collins (A&T) 26; 3rd Eryk Motala (Bury) 6.

Seniors: 1st Jake Read (Stockport) 88; 2nd Reece Pollitt (A&T) 87; 3rd Ben Higham (Stockport) 82.