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Sun 5th Aug Sheffield v Astley & Tyldesley Sheffield

Astley & Tyldesley are the 2018 North & Scotland League Division 1 champions!

A&T raced at Sheffield this afternoon, with half of the regular riders missing from each of the three teams, due mainly to holidays. Despite this, A&T's squad strength in depth saw wins in both the Division 1 and 3 matches, and the Division 2 match fulfilled without conceding penalty points.

On a very dry, dusty Cookson Park track, passing was at a premium, and A&T had to dig deep against a full strength Sheffield team, by turning in a professional and disciplined performance to win the Division 1 match. It was first blood to A&T with an Idziorek/ Phillips 6-4 over A. Watson/ Turner in heat 3. The Morton brothers hit back with a 7-3 over the Graham/ Knowles pairing in the next race, but A&T levelled the scores with a Harris/ Collins 6-4 over the Watsons in heat 5. The Idziorek/ Phillips pair banged in a 7-3 over Ed and Luke Morton in heat 6, to put A&T in front, for a lead they never subsequently surrendered. Eight of the next nine heats were shared, with Idziorek/ Collins taking a 7-3 win in heat 10 over Luke Morton and Laura Watson.
The match was rounded off with a 7-3 to each side, after some imbalanced races in the three nominated heats, leaving A&T to run out 93-87 winners. With Stockport losing at Hull, this meant that A&T are the North & Scotland League Division 1 champions for the second successive season. Pawel Idziorek rode to a superb 24 points maximum score for the visitors.

North & Scotland League Division 1 match result:

Sheffield 87 Astley & Tyldesley 93

Sheffield: Niall Morton 20 (3), Ed Morton 20, Adam Watson 18 (2), Luke Morton 11 (1), Chris Turner 10 (1), Laura Watson 7, Kielan Burton 1.
A&T: Pawel Idziorek 24, Steve Harris 19 (1), Adam Phillips 16 (1), Ciaran Collins 15 (2), Paul Graham 11 (2), Mick Knowles 7 (2), Emily Burgess 1.

Referee - Rob Mawhood.

Sheffield ran out easy winners in the Division 2 match, 81-68, to move level on match points with league champions and league leaders A&T. Luke Morton raced unbeaten for the Stars, With Laura Watson losing only to Mick Knowles in heat 11. Knowles lost only to Morton in heat 1.

North & Scotland League Division 2 match result:

Sheffield 81 Astley & Tyldesley 68

Sheffield: Laura Watson 19, Kielan Burton 17, Luke Morton 16, Steven Webber 12 (2), James Morris 11 (3), Edward Balfour 3, Jeremy Knight 3.
A&T: Mick Knowles 18 (1), Tom Morrissey 12 (1), Emily Burgess 12, Charlie Burgess 10 (1), Duncan Whalley 8 (2), Lewis Skitterall 8 (1).

Referee - Niall Morton.

A&T maintained their 100% record in Division 3, with a convincing 82-30 win. Duncan Whalley and Aiden Green joint top scored in the u-10 match, losing once to each other. Tom Morrissey top scored in the u-13 match, losing once to James Morris.

North & Scotland League Division 3 match result:

Sheffield 30 Astley & Tyldesley 82

Sheffield: Edward Balfour 12, James Morris 11, Erin Balfour 7.
A&T: Duncan Whalley 15, Aiden Green 15, Tom Morrissey 15, Lewis Skitterall 10, Freddie Cox 10, Charlie Burgess 10, Ada Cox 7.

Referee - Dave Shoat.
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