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Sun 26th March Stockport v Astley & Tyldesley Stockport

Astley & Tyldesley suffered a narrow defeat in their opening Northern League Division 1 match of the season, on Sunday. Team Green travelled to last year's league runners-up, Stockport, and put in a determined showing, to go agonizingly close, losing 88-86.

Stockport got off to a maximum 7-2 heat win in heat 1, after Kyle Holland, on his A&T debut, moved at the gate. The home side never surrendered that lead, but A&T snapped away and a 7-3 heat win by Damian Zareba and Ciaran Collins in heat 12 reduced the deficit to 1 point. The home team immediately banged in a 7-3 from the Jake Read/ Devon Campbell pairing to restore the cushion and ran out narrow winners. Zareba was in brilliant form for A&T, unbeaten by an opponent in his six races, with solid support from Reece Pollitt, Max Evans and Holland. Stockport fielded a solid scoring team and this just gave them the edge, despite Read suffering two machine failures.

Northern League Division 1 match result:

Stockport 88 Astley & Tyldesley 86

Stockport: Michael Preston 16 (2), Ben Higham 16 (1), Louis Wright 15, Jake Read 14 (1), Devon Campbell 12 (1), Jack Lush 8, Terry Norman 7.

A&T: Damian Zareba 23 (1), Reece Pollitt 16, Max Evans 13 (1), Kyle Holland 12, Ciaran Collins 9 (1),Paul Graham 6 (1), Mick Knowles 5, Mark Grantham 2.

Referee - Graham Lush.

Stockport fielded an ineligible rider for the Division 2 match, so conceded 20 penalty points. Remarkably, the home team overcame this disadvantage to run out 87-80 winners, the first time A&T have ever lost a match after starting with such a points advantage. Emily Burgess top scored for A&T in this match. Devon Campbell raced unbeaten for Stockport, with three others dropping a point apiece.

Northern League Division 2 match result:

Stockport 87 Astley & Tyldesley 80

Stockport: Devon Campbell 18 (2), Jack Lush 17 (2), Michael Preston 17 (2), Louis Wright 17 (2), Daniel Mason 13, Lance McCabe 5.

A&T: Emily Burgess 13, Mark Grantham 10 (2), Max Evans 10 (1), Matt Snell 10, Mick Knowles 9, John White 5 (1), Ben Forshaw 3.

Referee - Ben Higham.

A&T began their defence of the Division 3 league title, with an emphatic 100-10 win. Emily Burgess top scored in the u-13 category, losing just once to team mate John White. Duncan Whalley, on his A&T debut, raced unbeaten in the u-10 category.

Northern League Division 3 match result:

Stockport 10 Astley & Tyldesley 100

Stockport: Jarvis Yates 10.

A&T: Duncan Whalley 16, Josh Parkinson 15, Emily Burgess 15, John White 13, Aiden Green 12, Frank White 11, Charlie Burgess 8, Sabrina Evans 6, Jack Murray 4.

Referee - Ben Higham.
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