MATCH REPORT: Northern 4’s Round 4 at Stockport

Report by Mike Hack

Stockport hosted Round 4 of the Northern Fours & Junior League series on Sunday. The forecast rain held off throughout the meeting, and plenty of good racing took place. Despite many absentees due to holidays, there was still a decent turn out of riders.

Bury fielded a strong team in the Fours League and convincingly took their fourth win of the series.Reece Pollitt and Kris Ramsden both raced unbeaten, with solid support from the rest. Astley & Tyldesley and Hull were level on 26 points each after heat 16, in the battle for 2nd place. Hull then won four of their five remaining races to seal second place on the day, with A&T third. Home club Stockport actually finished level on 43 points with Hull, on the track, but the 14 points scored by their three guest riders didn’t count to their official team total.

Northern Fours League Round 4 result

Bury 58, Hull 44, Astley & Tyldesley 36, Heckmondwike 34, Sheffield 31, Stockport 29.

Bury: Reece Pollitt 16, Harry Radford 13, Kris Ramsden 12, Danny Taylor 11, Eryk Motala 6.
Hull: Jason Keith 14, Lewis Foxley 13, Rich Gibson 10, Liam Bennett 6, Kacey Bennett 1.
A&T: Steve Harris 13, Duncan Whalley 10, Owen Simcock 9, Levi Edwards 3, Josh Pilkington 1.
Heckmondwike: Darren Kent 10, Pat Beacock 9, Justin Naylor 8, Stuart Hardaker 7, Elliott Long dnr.
Sheffield: Kielan Burton 8, Kieran Hale 8, Lacey Ackroyd 6, Oliver Banyard 6, Laura Watson 3.
Stockport: Terry Norman 15, Ben Higham 14. (Jayden Hancock 10, Harry Gibson 2, Will Hollich 2).

Referee – Mike Hack.

Sheffield took the team win, from the six categories which make up the Northern Junior League match. They finished ahead of Hull, with A&T third. Bury’s only two riders, Bobby Dunphy and Jayden Hancock, won the u-10 and u-13 categories respectively. A&T’s Duncan Whalley top scored in the u-16 match, with Sheffield duo of Kielan Burton and Laura Watson racing unbeaten in the u-19 and Women’s matches respectively. Hull’s Rich Gibson top scored in the Division 2 match.

Northern Junior League Round 4 result

Sheffield 108, Hull 89, Astley & Tyldesley 75, Heckmondwike 56, Bury 32, Stockport 0.

U-10: Bobby Dunphy (Bury) 16, Lincoln Ackroyd (Sheffield) 15, Jayden Bennett (Hull) 14, Charlotte Brighouse (A&T) 13, Elijah Rechembei (A&T) 12.
U-13: Jayden Hancock (Bury) 16, Oliver Banyard (Sheffield) 15, Harry Gibson (Hull) 14, Josh Pilkington (A&T) 13, Elliott Long (Heckmondwike) 12, Levi Edwards (A&T) 11, Will Hollich (Hull) 10, Josh Gearing (Hull) 9, Joseph Green (Heckmondwike) 8.
U-16: Duncan Whalley (A&T) 14, Sam Stansfield (Sheffield) 12, Liam Bennett (Hull) 10.
U-19: Kielan Burton (Sheffield) 16, Owen Simcock (A&T) 12, Ryan Tomkinson (Hull) 8.
Women: Laura Watson (Sheffield) 16, Lacey Ackroyd (Sheffield) 9, Kacey Bennett (Hull) 9.
Div. 2: Rich Gibson (Hull) 15, Darren Kent (Heckmondwike) 14, Will Banyard (Sheffield) 13, Kieran Hale (Sheffield) 12, Pat Beacock (Heckmondwike) 10, Justin Naylor (Heckmondwike) 6, Stuart Hardaker (Heckmondwike) 6.

Referee – Graham Lush.