MATCH REPORT: Manchester League Round 1

Report by Mike Hack

Astley & Tyldesley hosted Round 1 of the Manchester League Grand Prix series on Wednesday evening. Riders from all three North West clubs, A&T, Bury and Stockport competed.

In the Senior (Division 1) match, defending champions Astley & Tyldesley took the team win, by virtue of the points scored by their top five riders, with Charlie Burgess top scoring for A&T with 12 points. Stockport’s Terry Norman raced to a 16 points maximum score, as they pipped Bury for 2nd place on the night. In the inaugural Veterans GP series, Terry leads from A&T’s Steve Harris, who rode safely on his return from a broken wrist. A&T’s Lucy Grantham leads the Women’s GP series.

Manchester League Division 1 match result (top 5 points scorers only count for team totals)

Astley & Tyldesley 49 Stockport 29 Bury 26

Senior scorers: Terry Norman (Stockport) 16, Kris Ramsden (Bury) 13, Ben Higham (Stockport) 13, Eryk Motala (Bury) 13, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 12, Frank White (A&T) 11, John White (A&T) 10, Owen Simcock (A&T) 8, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 8, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 6, Steve Harris (A&T) 6.

Referee – Chaz Whalley.

Astley & Tyldesley also took the spoils in the Junior (Division 2) match, in defence of their league title. A&T’s brothers Frank and John White both raced unbeaten in the u-10 and u-16 categories respectively, with A&T’s Duncan Whalley top scoring in the u-13s match, losing once to Bury’s Tom Dunphy in heat 4.

Manchester League Division 2 match result (top 5 points scorers only count for team totals)

Astley & Tyldesley 70 Bury 35

U-10 scorers: Frank White (A&T) 16, Oscar Belt (A&T) 11, Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 11, Myles Grantham (A&T) 8, Alexander Lawless (A&T) 4.

U-13 scorers: Duncan Whalley (A&T) 15, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 14, Sam Dunphy (Bury) 10, Harriet Belt (A&T) 7, Jasmine Lawless (A&T) 4.

U-16 scorers: John White (A&T) 16, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 12, Lucy Grantham (A&T) 8, Owen Simcock (A&T) 2.
Referees – Catherine White and Chaz Whalley.

Round 2 is scheduled to be held at Stockport next Wednesday, 26th May, 7 pm start.