MATCH REPORT: Astley continue unbeaten run at Edinburgh

Astley & Tyldesley rode to a great hat trick of victories in today’s North & Scotland League fixture at Edinburgh.

In the Division 1 match, A&T took three heat wins in the opening four races to take an early ten points lead. The lead was nine points at the interval and A&T pulled away in the second half to run out winners, 94-79, as the 2017 League Champions beat the 2016 League Champions, to maintain their 100% record in the league this season.

No one raced unbeaten, but a solid scoring A&T team had greater strength in depth than the home team.

Veteran Steve Harris topped the scores for A&T, with strong support from Reece Pollitt and Adam Phillips. New North & Scotland Champion Jake Slight top scored for Edinburgh, although he was beaten three times by Adam Phillips.

North & Scotland League Division 1 result
Edinburgh 79 Astley & Tyldesley 94

Edinburgh: Jake Slight 20, Craig Newsome 17 (1), Mikey Hewitson 16 (1), Jason Keith 13 (1), Neil McPherson 8, Lee Lawrence 4, Dode Mitchell 1, Dominic Cifilli dnr.

A&T: Steve Harris 19 (2), Reece Pollitt 17 (2), Adam Phillips 14, Paul Graham 13, Kyle Holland 12 (3), Max Evans 12 (2), Mick Knowles 3 (1), Ciaran Collins 2, Tom Morrissey 2, Mark Grantham dnr.

Referee – Ewan Tulloch.

A&T maintained their 100% record in Division 2 with a convincing 88-62 win. A&T opened up a ten points lead after five heats, to take control of the match.

Max Evans and Mark Grantham raced unbeaten for A&T, who had five youngsters all performing well, with special mention for 11 year old Tom Morrissey, who recorded a 20 points maximum score.

Best for Edinburgh were veteran riders Dode Mitchell, John Murphy and Lee Lawrence.

North & Scotland League Division 2 result

Edinburgh 62 Astley & Tyldesley 88
Edinburgh: Lee Lawrence 14 (1), Dode Mitchell 13 (1), John Murphy 12 (2), Dominic Cifilli 11, Ian MacDonald 7, Amy MacDonald 4, Nathan Slight 1.
A&T: Tom Morrissey 20, Mark Grantham 19 (1), Max Evans 16, Mick Knowles 11 (2), Duncan Whalley 9 (1), Aiden Green 7, Lewis Skitterall 3, Lucy Grantham 3.

Division 3 champions A&T won 75-41, to keep up their 100% record in the league this season. For A&T, Duncan Whalley and Aiden Green were joint top scorers in the u-10 match, losing once to each other, whilst Tom Morrissey raced unbeaten in the u-13 category.

North & Scotland League Division 3 result

Edinburgh 41 Astley & Tyldesley 75
Edinburgh: Aaron Smith 12, Maxel Newsome 10, Jemma McPherson 10, Nathan Slight 5, Amy MacDonald 4.
A&T: Tom Morrissey 16, Duncan Whalley 15, Aiden Green 15, Lewis Skitterall 14, Lucy Grantham 8, Myles Grantham 7.