MATCH REPORT: Manchester League Round 1

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Astley & Tyldesley hosted Round 1 of the 2023 Manchester League series at Gin Pit on Wednesday evening.

Turn outs were down on previous years for the Division 2 (age category) matches, but there was a decent turn out of 11 riders for the Division 1 (seniors and veterans match). No women riders entered on the night.

Bury only fielded three riders in the Division 2 match, but all three rode to maximum scores – Bobby Dunphy (u-10), Jayden Hancock (u-13), Tom Dunphy (u-16). Owen Simcock of A&T had his score adjusted to 16, by virtue of being the only u-19 rider present. Defending champions Astley & Tyldesley took the team win on the night.

Manchester League Division 2 result (top 5 scorers only count to each team’s total)

Astley & Tyldesley 66 Bury 48

U-10s: Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 16, Alex Lawless (A&T) 14, Elijah Rechembei (A&T) 12, Thomas Smith (A&T) 12, James Jackson (A&T) 8, William McGee (A&T) 8.

U-13s: Jayden Hancock (Bury) 16, Oscar Belt (A&T) 12, Nahom Tumizghy (A&T) 8.

U-16s: Tom Dunphy (Bury) 16, Mason Gallagher (A&T) 12.

U-19s: Owen Simcock (A&T) 16.

Referee – Lee Phillips.

In contrast to the Division 2 match, Bury fielded seven riders in the Division 1 match, with Reece Pollitt posting a maximum score. Team mate Mike Baldock dropped his only point to Sheffield’s Ed Morton in heat 7. Bury ran out easy winners in the team competition on the night.

Manchester League Division 1 result (top 5 scorers only count to each team’s total)

Bury 60 Astley & Tyldesley 18 Sheffield 13 Stockport 12

Seniors: Reece Pollitt (Bury) 16, Mike Baldock (Bury) 15, Steve Harris (A&T) 13, Ed Morton (Sheffield) 13, Terry Norman (Stockport) 12, Kris Ramsden (Bury) 11, Will Owens (Bury) 9, Tom Dunphy (Bury) 9, Eryk Motala (Bury) 8, Mark Radford (Bury) 5, Owen Simcock (A&T) 5.

Veterans: Harris 13, Norman 12, Radford 5.

Referee – Lee Phillips.