MATCH REPORT: Northern 4’s League Round 2

Report sent in by Rob Mawhood, Photos by Bury CSC and Jess Banyard

Bury Comets made it two wins in two after coming out on top in the second round of the Northern 4s League at Sheffield’s Cookson Park track.
Stockport had again withdraw due to lack of rider availability. The five remaining teams put on a feast of racing, with just six points between the top 4 teams.
The first set of races saw Bury take three race winners in Kris Ramsden, Mike Baldock and Reece Pollitt. However an exclusion for Eryk Motala left then level on 12 points with Hull, who had Lewis Foxley as a race winner. Astley and Tyldesley were on 11, with Sheffield 10 and Heckmondwike 8.
The next set of races saw the Bury winning trio continue with another set of race wins to go into the half time interval on 26. Sheffield had moved into second on 24, following race wins from Ed Morton and the returning Pawel Idziorek. Foxley again won to keep Hull in touch on 23. Astley were on 20 and Heckmondwike 16.
Hull surged into second place in the third set of races scoring 13 points to move onto 36. Another Foxley race win complimented with second places for Noah Lyon, Jason Keith and Jack Lister. Pollit and Ramsden again won for Bury, who still led on 38.
Sheffield dropped back to 33 after a disastrous two races from Idziorek. First he was excluded when he brought down Pollitt while leading, broadsiding on the exit of turn four on lap 2. The same fate followed three races later when he slipped in the same spot when challenging for second place. Luckily for Sheffield wins for Morton and Kyle Holland kept them just in touch. Steve Harris rolled back the year’s to win heat 17, holding off Lister, Baldock and Idziorek in superb style.
The final set of races started with Hull moving level with Bury in heat 19, Lister finishing second to Holland, while Bury reserve Mark Radford couldn’t get past Heckmondwikes Pat Beacock. Pollitt completed a four ride maximum when winning heat 20 as Bury increased their lead as Hull reserve John Gowans finished in last place. Foxley matched Pollitt by completing a four ride maximum in winning heat 21 to bring Hull back within 2 points. Sheffield were well back on 37, but had a rider in each of the final three races. John White produced the ride of the day to win heat 22 making a super pass on Baldock, but the second place ensured Bury would be winners. Burton then beat Keith to give Sheffield a chance to tie for second place. Morton making a fast start from grid 4 in the last race to defeat Harris and ensure that tied position with Hull.


Sheffield (47) – Kielan Burton 11, Ed Morton 15, Kyle Holland 11, Jack Brownell 3, Pawel Idziorek 7.
Stockport (0)
Astley and Tyldesley (43) – John White 14, Steve Harris 13, Duncan Whalley 11, Owen Simcock 6.
Bury (49) – Kris Ramsden 15, Mike Baldock 13, Reece Pollitt 16, Eryk Motala 4, Mark Radford 1.
Heckmondwike (34) – Pat Beacock 6, Darren Kent 10, Dan Green 8, Stuart Hardacre 6, Dave O’Callaghan 4.
Hull (47) – Jason Keith 11, Jack Lister 11, Noah Lyon 6, Lewis Foxley 16, John Gowans 3.

Referee – Niall Morton (Sheffield).

Hull were then clear winners of the Junior Grand Prix, with riders individual scores going to the final team total.
Hull 148, Sheffield 117, Heckmondwike 95, Astley and Tyldesley 58, Bury 50.

Bury riders Jayden Hancock and Bobby Dunphy topped the under 13 and 10 leader board. Sheffield riders Oliver Banyard and Eddie Owalabi-Oshea filling the second places.
Under 13
Jayden Hancock (Bury) 16, Oliver Banyard (Sheffield) 15, Spencer Glenton (Hull) 14, Harvey Mclachlan (Hull) 13, Harry Gibson (Hull) 12, Elliot Long (Heckmondwike) 11, Levi Edwards (A and T) 10, Joseph Green (Heckmondwike) 9, Josh Gearing (Hull) 8.

Under 10
Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 16, Eddie Owalabi-Oshea (Sheffield) 15, Elwood Harrison (Hull) 14, Lincoln Ackroyd (Sheffield) 13, Thomas Smith (A and T) 12, Daniel Tanton (Hull) 11, Polly Gowans (Hull) 10, Jayden Bennett (Hull) 9, Alex Lawless (A and T) 8, Alexis Woodcock (Hull) 7.

Lacey Ackroyd won all of her races to complete a 16 point maximum in the Womens event.
The under 16s saw Tom Dunphy take first place, winning two races. Duncan Whalley missing out after a tapes exclusion cost him in the third heat.
Kielan Burton won three races to top the charts in the under 19s, John White winning twice to take second place.
Wil Banyard went through the card for the second round in succession, completing a 16 point maximum from four race wins.
Dan Green and Darren Kent both managed three wins each. Though Kent dropped points with an exclusion when he slipped and brought down Pat Beacock, who was left needing an ambulance after being taken unwell when he returned to the pits area.


Lacey Ackroyd (Sheffield) 16, Kacey Bennett (Hull) 12, Ellice Metcalfe (Heckmondwike) 8
Under 16
Tom Dunphy (Bury) 13, Duncan Whalley (A and T) 12, Noah Lyon (Hull) 10, Liam Bennett (Hull) 9, Joe Brownell (Sheffield) 5.
Under 19
Kielan Burton (Sheffield) 15, John White (A and T) 12, Jack Brownell (Sheffield) 11, Ryan Tompkinson (Hull) 8, Owen Simcock (A and T) 4.
Div Two
Wil Banyard (Sheffield) 16, Dan Green (Heckmondwike) 15, Darren Kent (Heckmondwike) 12, John Gowans (Hull)11, Patrick O’Shea (Sheffield) 11, Dave O’Callaghan (Heckmondwike) 10, Stuart Hardacre (Heckmondwike) 9, Justin Naylor (Heckmondwike) 8, Lee Warhurst (Heckmondwike) 7, Pat Beacock (Heckmondwike) 6, Mark Radford (Bury) 5.

Referee – Kyle Holland (Sheffield)

Round Three remains in Yorkshire with Heckmondwike the hosts on April 16th.