MATCH REPORT: A successful afternoon in West Yorkshire for A&T

Report by Mike Hack

Astley & Tyldesley enjoyed a successful afternoon in West Yorkshire, with two convincing wins over Heckmondwike in Northern League fixtures.

A&T maintained their Division 2 title challenge, with an emphatic 84-65 win. The first three races were close, before the Caspar Ellis/ Duncan Whalley pairing took a 7-3 heat win over Justin Naylor/ Philip Vanner. A&T increased their lead to ten points at the interval. The home team claimed inside starting grids after heat 10, but A&T marched on to extend their lead. Heckmondwike’s only heat win came in the last race, after Emily Burgess fell and was excluded. The vastly experienced Pat Beacock/ Darren Kent pairing combined well to keep out the ever challenging Duncan Whalley, for a 7-2 heat win and Duncan’s only defeat of the day.

Steve Harris raced unbeaten for A&T, with solid performances from the rest of the team. Caspar Ellis and Emily Burgess were unfortunate to drop points after falling on the dry, slippery surface. Caspar won two races on his first match back, following an 18 months injury lay off. Darren Kent was Heckmondwike’s best rider, losing only to Harris in heat 1 and an excellent last lap pass by Frank White in heat 13.

A&T’s Caspar Ellis (left) and Duncan Whalley (right) on their way to a 7-3 heat win over the Heckmondwike pair of Philip Vanner (left) and Justin Naylor (right). Photo courtesy of Svitlana Rechembei.

North & Scotland League Division 2 result

Heckmondwike 65 Astley & Tyldesley 84

Heckmondwike: Darren Kent 17 (1), Pat Beacock 14 (1), Justin Naylor 14, Dan Green 7 (2), Philip Vanner 6, Lee Warhurst 6, James Vanner 1.

A&T: Frank White 17, Steve Harris 15 (1), Caspar Ellis 14, Emily Burgess 13 (1), Duncan Whalley 11 (3), Josh Pilkington 9 (2), Levi Edwards 5.

Referee – Chris Green.

A&T kept up their 100% record in Division 3, winning 71-19 over Heckmondwike. A&T’s Alex Lawless and Frank White both raced unbeaten in the u-10 and u-13 categories respectively.

Northern League Division 3 result

Heckmondwike 19 Astley & Tyldesley 71

Heckmondwike: James Vanner 12, Joseph Green 7.

A&T: Alex Lawless 16, Frank White 16, Josh Pilkington 13, Levi Edwards 10, Elijah Rechembei 8, Heather Brighouse 4, Charlotte Brighouse 4.

Referee – Justin Naylor.