MATCH REPORT: Manchester League Grand Prix Round 3

The Manchester League Grand Prix series moved to Bury, for its Round 3 staging, on Wednesday evening.
The Division 2 match was raced first, and it continued the run of close encounters between Astley & Tyldesley and Bury. A&T’s top five scorers beat Bury’s top five by five points, to win the Division 2 match for the second time this year, 66-61. There was a repeat of the previous two rounds, in which three riders raced unbeaten in the three categories ridden. They were Bury’s Bobby Dunphy in the u-10s category, Bury’s Jayden Hancock, in the u-13s section, and A&T’s Duncan Whalley, in the u-16s group.

Manchester League Division 2 result (top 5 scorers only count to teams’ totals)

Astley & Tyldesley 66 Bury 61

U-10s: Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 16, Josh Pilkington (A&T) 14, Levi Edwards (A&T) 13, George Keeble (Bury) 11, Alex Lawless (A&T) 10, Alex Lees (Bury) 6.

U-13s: Jayden Hancock (Bury) 16, Oscar Belt (A&T) 13, Harriet Belt (A&T) 9, Oliver Fox-Wingfield (A&T) 7, Savannah Hancock (Bury) 5.

U-16s: Duncan Whalley (A&T) 16, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 12, Owen Simcock (A&T) 8.

Referee – Gary Hollingsworth.

Ten riders turned out for the Division 1 match, as Bury took their first win of the series. Bury’s Mike Baldock raced to a fine 16 points maximum score. Defending champions, A&T, finished 2nd to retain their lead in the table.

Manchester League Division 1 result (top 5 scorers only count to teams’ totals)

Bury 59 Astley & Tyldesley 38 Stockport 13

Seniors: Mike Baldock (Bury) 16, Reece Pollitt (A&T) 14, Ben Higham (Stockport) 13, Steve Harris (A&T) 11, Eryk Motala (Bury) 11, Harry Radford (Bury) 11, Kris Ramsden (Bury) 11, Mark Radford (Bury) 10, Duncan Whalley (A&T) 7, Owen Simcock (A&T) 6.

Referee – Gary Hollingsworth.

Manchester League standings (after 3 rounds of 6 completed)

Division 1: A&T 8, Bury 7, Stockport 3.
Division 2: A&T 5, Bury 4, Stockport 0.
U-10s GP: B. Dunphy 48, J. Pilkington 41, L. Edwards 38.
U-13s GP: J. Hancock 48, O. Belt 40, O. Fox-Wingfield 27.
U-16s GP: D. Whalley 48, T. Dunphy 38, O. Simcock 12.
Senior GP: R. Pollitt 43, M. Baldock 40, S. Harris 36.
Veterans GP: S. Harris 47, T. Norman 28, M. Radford 15.

Round 4 takes place at Astley & Tyldesley on Wednesday 22nd June, 7 pm start.