Match / Event
|Sun 30th June||Astley & Tyldesley v Edinburgh||Astley & Tyldesley|
2nd placed Astley & Tyldesley took on defending league champions Edinburgh in a Northern League fixture at Gin Pit on Sunday.
Both teams were desperate for a win to keep their title hopes alive and a very hard fought Division 1 match took place, with numerous incidents. Edinburgh took an early lead when A&T riders picked up race exclusions in the first two heats. A 7-3 heat win by the Max Evans/ Reece Pollitt pairing over Lewis Foxley/ Jake Slight in heat 7 put A&T in front for the first time. From then on, the home team took control and pulled away to run out 98-77 winners. Marcin Jakubiak and Reece Pollitt led the way for the home team, losing only to Edinburgh's best rider Mikey Hewitson.
Northern League Division 1 match result:
Astley & Tyldesley 98 Edinburgh 77
A&T: Marcin Jakubiak 22 (1), Reece Pollitt 20 (3), Max Evans 18 (1), Kyle Holland 14 (2), Ciaran Collins 12 (1), Tomasz Wlodarczyk 10 (1), Mick Knowles 2.
Edinburgh: Mikey Hewitson 21, Craig Newsome 14 (1), Jake Slight 13 (1), Lewis Foxley 12 (1), Kamil Greszla 11 (1), Lee Lawrence 6.
Referee - Mike Hack.
The Division 2 match was less eventful, as 2nd placed A&T took an early lead and were 7 points up after four races. Edinburgh rallied and kept the scores close in the middle of the match, before A&T pulled away with four second half heat wins, to run out comfortable 81-67 winners. Max Evans raced unbeaten for A&T, with Emily Burgess losing only to Edinburgh's best rider, Lewis Foxley.
Northern League Division 2 match result:
Astley & Tyldesley 81 Edinburgh 67
A&T: Emily Burgess 16 (3), Mick Knowles 16 (2), Max Evans 16, Matthew Snell 15, Ben Forshaw 8, Charlie Burgess 6, Tom Morrissey 3, Jack Murray 1.
Edinburgh: Lewis Foxley 18, Paul Kelly 14, Skye Mitchell 11 (1), Lee Lawrence 11, James Foxley 7, Ben Foxley 6.
Referee - Chas Whalley.
A&T maintained their 100% record at the top of the table in Division 3, with a convincing 80-26 win. Tom Morrissey raced unbeaten in the u-10 section, with Charlie Burgess and James Foxley joint top scoring in the u-13 category.
Northern League Division 3 match result:
Astley & Tyldesley 80 Edinburgh 26
A&T: Tom Morrissey 16, Aiden Green 15, Charlie Burgess 14, Duncan Whalley 13, Daniel Johnson 8, Jack Murray 8, Sabrina Evans 6.
Edinburgh: James Foxley 14, Ben Foxley 12.
Referee - Chas Whalley.
A&T had two riders competing in the Joe Guy Memorial meeting at Wolverhampton, as a tribute to the young East Park rider tragically killed whilst cycle training on the road earlier this summer. Frank White rode in the u-10 match and scored a solid 9 points, winning one of his races. 10 years old John White rode in the u-16 match, putting in an excellent performance as the youngest rider, to finish joint fifth after scoring 14 points.
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