MATCH REPORT: Hull record 3 wins over an under strength A&T

Hull played hosts to an understrength Astley & Tyldesley side on a sunny day in the North & Scotland League. In Division One Hull started well with a Nathan Everett / Jacob Francis 6-4 and increased their lead with a Jacob Francis / Matt Eglen maximum in heat 4, before Steve Harris / Reece Pollitt narrowed the lead with a 7-3 for Astley in the following heat. Hull then put together a run of three 6-4’s to extend their lead to 8 points before a Jack Lister slip led to an exclusion and a Steve Harris / Mike Hack 6-3 in heat 11. Hull then guarded their five point lead with only a heat 14 Jack Lister / Matt Eglen 6-4 for the home side and a similar score for the visitors Steve Harris / Duncan Whalley interrupting a run of drawn heats to see a final score of Hull 92 Astley & Tyldesley 87.

Hull’s Nathan Everett, Lewis Foxley and Jack Lister were well backed by the rest of the side while Reece Pollitt was only beaten once, by Nathan in a last gasp pass on the line, and Steve Harris also rode well.

Hull: Nathan Everett 20+1, Lewis Foxley 19, Jack Lister 18, Jacob Francis 12+1, Matt Eglen 12, Liam Bennett 10, Rich Pawson 1.

Astley & Tyldesley: Reece Pollitt 22+1, Steve Harris 22, Paul Graham 15+3, Duncan Whalley 12+1, Mike Hack 7, Josh Pilkington 5, Owen Simcock 4.

In Division 2 Mike Hack and Chas Whalley joined a young Astley side but Hull soon established a good lead with three 7-3’s and a 6-4 in the opening five heats. Both sides produced some good races with Matt Eglen unbeaten for the home side and Duncan Whalley dropping just one point for the visitors. Astley scored their only heat wins in heats 9 and 15 but couldn’t match the strength in depth of the Hull side for whom Jacob Francis and John Gowans impressed in a 86-63 win with the visitors David Hamilton also catching the eye.

Hull: Jacob Francis 16+2, Matt Eglen 15+1, John Gowans 14+3, Ryan Tomkinson 13+1, Kacey Bennett 12, Rich Pawson 10, Ellwood Harrison 4, Will Hollich 1, Josh Geering 1.

Astley & Tyldesley : Duncan Whalley 19, David Hamilton 12, Mike Hack 11, Owen Simcock 10, Josh Pilkington 6+1, Chas Whalley 6.

In Division 3 Hull fielded an impressive 14 riders against Astley & Tyldesley’s two competitors to record a 152 points to 27 victory. In the under 13’s Hull’s Noah Lyon was unbeaten with Kacey Bennett scoring 14 while Astley’s Josh Pilkington also recorded a maximum score in the under 10’s with Hull’s Harry Gibson just dropping one point.