MATCH REPORT: A&T take 2 wins from 3 matches against Sheffield

Report by Mike Hack

Astley & Tyldesley welcomed Sheffield Stars in an eagerly anticipated North & Scotland League fixture at a warm, sunny Gin Pit on Sunday.

The Division 1 match between reigning champions Sheffield and three times champions A&T saw the home team off to a flying start. A&T banged in four 7-3 maximum heat wins in the opening seven races, to open up a 16 points lead. Sheffield rallied in the second half, taking two 7-3 heat wins. But, A&T recorded another three 7-3 heat wins, to extend their winning margin to 21 points, with a final score of 100-79.
A&T captain Reece Pollitt celebrated his England call up with an excellent performance, losing only to a machine failure when leading his first ride. He recorded the fastest time of the day, 41.25 seconds, in heat 15. Pawel Idziorek and Pierce Bacon turned in top performances for A&T, as all top six riders won races. Niall Morton was Sheffield’s top rider on the day, with good back up from Kyle Holland. Sheffield captain, Ed Morton, deployed as a tactical reserve, started off with two last places, before recovering strongly in the 2nd half. It was a hard fought, but sporting match between two good teams.

North & Scotland League Division 1 match result

Astley & Tyldesley 100 Sheffield 79

A&T: Pawel Idziorek 21 (1), Reece Pollitt 18 (3), Pierce Bacon 17 (1), Steve Harris 14 (1), Tom Morrissey 11 (2), Paul Graham 11, Joel Partington 6 (1), Duncan Whalley 2.

Sheffield: Niall Morton 17 (1), Ed Morton 15 (2), Kyle Holland 13 (2), Kielan Burton 12, Lizzie Rigley 8, Will Banyard 6, Luke Morton 5, Sam Stansfield 2 (1), Laura Watson 1.

Referee – Lee Phillips.

Sheffield exacted revenge for their Division 1 defeat with a convincing 87-61 win in the Division 2 match. The match was very close for the first six races, with Sheffield holding a 30-29 lead. It was a different tale after then, as Sheffield took control, winning eight of the remaining nine heats, to run out 87-61 winners. Sheffield scored solidly throughout, with Laura Watson dropping two points, to Duncan Whalley in heat 3 and Tom Morrissey in heat 6. Morrissey won his opening three races, before taking a heavy fall after clashing with Lizzie Rigley in heat 13. Young Frank White top scored for A&T, with a typically gutsy performance.

North & Scotland League Division 2 match result

Astley & Tyldesley 61 Sheffield 87

A&T: Frank White 15, Tom Morrissey 13, Duncan Whalley 13, Owen Simcock 8, Harriet Belt 6 (1), Oscar Belt 6.

Sheffield: Laura Watson 16 (2), Luke Morton 12 (2), Sam Stansfield 11 (1), Lacey Ackroyd 11, Will Banyard 10 (2), Laythan Sharp 10, Oliver Banyard 9 (1), Lizzie Rigley 8 (1).

Referee – Chaz Whalley.

A&T ran out emphatic winners of the Division 3 match, 127 -57. Sheffield’s four riders all rode well, but with A&T fielding 13 riders, the result was never in doubt. A&T’s Levi Edwards and Frank White both raced unbeaten in the u-10 and u-13 categories respectively. 6 years old Lincoln Davies enjoyed his best match to date, with an excellent 12 points score.

North & Scotland League Division 3 match result

Astley & Tyldesley 127 Sheffield 57

A&T: Levi Edwards 16, Frank White 16, Lincoln Davies 12, Alex Lawless 12, Ted Woods 11, Jake Mulholland 10, Oscar Belt 10, Dylan Field 8, Oliver Fox-Wingfield 8, Harriet Belt 7, Lillie Field 6, Chloe Bassett 6, Jasmine Lawless 5.

Sheffield: Charlie Taylor 15, Lacey Ackroyd 15, Lincoln Ackroyd 14, Oliver Banyard 13.

Referee – Catherine White.