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Mon 7th May European Club Championship East Park

Astley & Tyldesley's progress in the European Club Championships has come to an end. Team Green finished 4th in the 1st Semi-final match at Wolverhampton's East Park on Monday morning.

Work commitments ruled out Pawel Idziorek, so Ciaran Collins was drafted into the team. Reece Pollitt was A&T's only race winner, in heat 5, as he and Steve Harris finished up as our top scorers. A&T's former rider, Remi Burchardt, raced to a fine 16 points maximum, as his Torun team won the match,on 53 points. Torun will be joined in the Grand Final by Czestochowa, who also qualified comfortably on 45 points. A&T will again meet Stockport in the 'B' Final, at 2.30 pm, along with the third and fourth placed teams from the 2nd Semi-final.

Match L 1st Semi-final result:

Torun 53 Czestochowa 45 Stockport 33 Astley & Tyldesley 29.
Torun: Remi Burchardt 16, Pawel Cegielski 12, Marcin Paradzinski 11, Adam Bozejewicz 8, Kuba Kosiecha 6.
Czestochowa: Marcin Szymanski 15, Sebastian Paruzel 10, Piotr Jamrosczyk 8, Maciej Ganczarek 7, Tomasz Wlodarczyk 5.
Stockport: Jake Read 10, Michael Preston 10, Louis Wright 7, Ben Higham 6.
A&T: Steve Harris 10, Reece Pollitt 10, Max Evans 4, Kyle Holland 3, Ciaran Collins 2.

Referee - Mark Winwood.

Astley & Tyldesley take 3rd place in the 'B' Final of the European Club Championships. Team Green had to dig deep to overcome a late challenge by Stockport, to take 7th place in the final ranking of the European Club Championships. It was a great effort by A&T, riding their fifth match in three days in very hot and sunny conditions at the East Park, Wolverhampton track, the biggest in Britain.

A&T led the scores after three heats, but were soon overhauled by Birmingham and Ipswich, who went on to take 1st and 2nd places respectively. A&T led Stockport by seven points after heat 10, but the scores were level four races later. Reece Pollitt won the penultimate race and Steve Harris' 3rd place in heat 16 sealed 3rd place for A&T.

Match N 'B' Final result:

Birmingham 47 Ipswich 43 Astley & Tyldesley 36 Stockport 32.
Birmingham: Chris Timms 13, Ricki Johnson 12, Ewan Hancox 12, Mark Winwood 10.
Ipswich: Ashley Hill 14, Pierce Bacon 10, Matt Hill 9, Richard Fellgett 8, Dan Knights 2.
A&T: Reece Pollitt 12, Max Evans 10, Kyle Holland 8, Steve Harris 6.
Stockport: Jake Read 11, Ben Higham 8, Michael Preston 7, Louis Wright 6.

Referee - Ralph Doughty.

Czestochowa won a thrilling Grand Final, with 44 points, finishing ahead of Leszno (40), Wednesfield (38) and Torun (36).

Just one point seperated all four teams with one set of races to go!
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