MATCH REPORT: Home-grown talent gets Hull’s league campaign off to solid start

A solid start was the verdict following yesterday’s wins again Bury in all three divisions of the cycle speedway’s North & Scotland League.

In division one Hull were just too powerful for a solid looking Bury team. In command from the very first heat, team yellow built up a comfortable lead and by the halfway stage were leading 51 points to 38. Hull’s multi-world champion David Hemsley was a formidable force cruising to maximum points from his four rides. Team Captain Andy Angell , had mixed fortunes. His fourteen and two bonus points tally would have been even greater but for a rare fall when attempting a switch-back manoeuvre at speed over Bury ‘s top scorer Kristian Ramsden. Already suffering from an earlier encounter with the perimeter fence Angell’s injuries curtailed any chance of adding to his score.

The success of the day was the performances of Hull’s home-grown talent. Nathan Everett-Atkinson, Jack Lister, Matt Eglen and Dan Teal between them scored almost two thirds of the final 95 points score.

Team boss Andy Schofield was delighted with the result. “We’ve developed these youngsters over the past years and our training programme really paid off today,” he said.

For Bury Kristian Ramsden, Danny Taylor, Eryk Motala, Neil Howarth and teenage sensation, Harry Radford each scored double figures . Radford, Bury’s only heat winner with two wins, figured in what was shaping up to be the best race of the day when holding off Andy Angell for a couple of laps before causing the Hull rider to crash heavily into the fence and earning an exclusion from the rerun heat 8.

Division 1 Result Hull 95 Bury 83
Hull: Andy Angell 14+2 (5), Jack Lister 10 (4), David Cooper 13 (5), Nathan Everett-Atkinson 22 (6), Matt Eglen 6 (5), Dan Teal 7 (3), Frank Auffret 2 (1), Mark Greenshield 2 (2), Andy Knowles 1 (1)

Bury: Kristian Ramsden 17+2 (6), Dawar Mohammedi 8 (6), Danny Taylor 15+2 (6), Eryk Motala 14+2 (6), Harry Radford 14+1 (6), Neil Howarth 15+3 (6)

The division two encounter followed a similar pattern, Hull’s strength in depth proving to be a big advantage for the home team. Jack Lister led the charge with a flawless performance and an unbeaten 16 points from his 4 rides. Veteran Frank Auffret was also looking likely to keep a clean sheet until his final ride. Dawar Mohammedi was adjudged by the referee to have sneaked past on the finish line after Auffret sportingly slowed down to prevent lapping Bury junior, Bobby Dumphy. With double figure returns from Dan Teal and Matt Eglen the result was never in doubt. Hull newcomer Mark Greenshield made a promising start to his cycle speedway career with a score of 8 plus 1 bonus from his four outings.

For Bury Eryk Motala was the pick of the bunch with a solid return of 17 points. Harry Radford might well have scored more than his 15 plus 1 bonus point return but looked to be tiring from his total of 11 races over both matches. Dawar Mohammedi was Bury’s only other double figure scorer with 11 points and veteran Steve Mann, visibly suffering from a muscle strain picked up during the previous weekend’s fixture, managed to add another 7 points. Biggest cheers of the day were for brothers Bobby and Tom Dumphy with 6 and 7 points respectively. The youngsters battled gamely against the much older opposition but all credit to Bury for giving the boys some league experience.

Division 2 Result: Hull 86 Bury 64
Hull David Cooper 12+2 (4), Frank Auffret 15 (4), Mark Greenshields 8+1 (4), Jack Lister 16 (4), Matt Eglen 11+3 (4), Dan Teal 14+1 (4), Andy Knowles 4+1 (3), Richard Pawson 6+1 (3)

Bury: Eryk Motala 17 (5), Steve Mann 7 (5), Dawar Mohammedi 11 (5), Bobby Dumphy 6+1 (5), Harry Radford 13+1 (5), Tom Dumphy 8+1 (5)

The Division three tournament saw another big win for the Hull juniors. Bury’s Tom Dumphy was the top scorer with a credible 16points from four straight wins. For Hull Noah Lyon scored 14 points.

Division 3 Result Hull 87 Bury 25
Hull: Noah Lyon 14, Josh Geering 6, William Hollich11, Jayden Bennett 9, Kacey Bennett 13, Harvey McLachlan 13, Morgan Mobbs 8, Raylan Durkin 13

Bury: Robert Dumphy 9, Tom Dumphy 16,