MATCH REPORT: Manchester League Round 2

Stockport hosted the re-arranged Manchester League Grand Prix Round 2 event at a warm and sunny St. Thomas’ Park on Wednesday evening.
More Covid self isolations partly accounted for Astley & Tyldesley fielding only two junior riders, well down on their usual turn out. Despite both Duncan Whalley and Charlie Burgess racing unbeaten in the u-13 and u-16 categories, it was the three riders of Bury who beat A&T in the Division 2 match, 40-32, to move one point clear in the series. Bury’s Bobby Dunphy raced unbeaten in the u-10s match.

Manchester League Division 2 result

Bury 40 Astley & Tyldesley 32

U-10s: Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 16, Alex Lees (Bury) 12.

U-13s: Duncan Whalley (A&T) 16, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 12.

U-16s: Charlie Burgess (A&T) 16.

Referee – Ben Higham.

Div. 2 table after five rounds.

Bury – 7 League points (270 race points)
Astley & Tyldesley – 6 League points (221 race points)

Two Grand Veteran riders stole the show in the Division 1 match for Senior/ Veteran riders. Stockport’s Terry Norman raced to a 16 points maximum, twice beating A&T’s Steve Harris, who finished on 14 points. A&T’s comeback rider, Joel Partington, was next highest scorer, on 11 points. A&T won the Division 1 match, to extend their lead at the top of series to three points.

Manchester League Division 1 result

Astley & Tyldesley 43 Stockport 26 Bury 7

Seniors: Terry Norman (Stockport) 16, Steve Harris (A&T) 14, Joel Partington (A&T) 11, Charlie Burgess (A&T) 10, Ben Higham (Stockport) 10, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 8, Rob Lees (Bury) 7.

Referee – Graham Lush.

Div. 1 table after five rounds

Astley & Tyldesley – 11 League points (168 race points)
Bury – 8 League points (146 race points)
Stockport – 6 League points (83 race points)

The final round of the series is at Bury next Wednesday, 7 pm start.