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Sun 23rd Sept Cycle Speedway National Cup Final Poole

Astley & Tyldesley put in a good shift in the Cycle Speedway National Cup Final at Poole on Sunday. North & Scotland Champions, A&T, lined up against the winners of the three other Regional Finals - Gt. Blakenham, Poole, Wednesfield.

A&T's target was simple, to improve on last year's 4th placing, when they scored 52 points and were well adrift of the other three teams. A pattern quickly emerged in this year's final, with the holders Wednesfield and home club Poole battling it out for 1st place, and Suffolk side Gt. Blakenham and A&T tussling for 3rd place. The scores were close after the first round of 8 races: Poole 24 Wednesfield 23 Gt. Blakenham 17 Astley & Tyldesley 16. The gaps had opened up by the interval with the scores: Poole 51 Wednesfield 45 Gt. Blakenham 34 Astley & Tyldesley 30. The outcome was pretty clear cut by the end of three rounds, heat 24: Poole 73 Wednesfield 65 Gt. Blakenham 55 Astley & Tyldesley 46. A&T finished strongly, winning the last set of four races, to make the final scores:

Poole 91 Wednesfield 86 Gt. Blakenham 74 Astley & Tyldesley 66.

It was mission accomplished for A&T, with a much stronger performance from the previous year. Polish star Pawel Idziorek was in great form for A&T, dropping just two points and finishing joint top scorer with British Champion Josh Brooke in the A grade races. Veteran Steve Harris rolled back the years to score consistently well, with Reece Pollitt winning his last race for A&T.

Cycle Speedway National Cup Final result:

Poole 91 Wednesfield 86 Gt. Blakenham 74 Astley & Tyldesley 66

Poole: Greg Gluchowski 16, Aaron Smith 15, Ben Mould 12, Ben Tinsdale 12, Wil Bristowe 9, Maciej Ganczarek 9, Fraser Garnett 9, Nathan Goulden 5, Jay Briggs 4.
Wednesfield: Chris Jewkes 14, Brandon Whetton 12, Paul Heard 12, Matt Smith 10, Scott Doherty 10, Lee Kemp 9, Tom Bewick 9, Tyler Bould 6, Harry Everiss 4.
Gt. Blakenham: Josh Brooke 14, Adam Peck 11, Jonjo Slaughter 11, Lewis Osborne 9, Luke Harrison 9, Adam Cooper 8, Keanu Bowers 7, Jason Ashford 5.
A&T: Pawel Idziorek 14, Steve Harris 11, Reece Pollitt 8, Mark Grantham 7, Kyle Holland 7, Paul Graham 6, Ciaran Collins 5, Mick Knowles 5, Emily Burgess 3.

Referee - Dave Dart (Exeter).
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