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Mon 30th July Slask Swietochlowice v Astley & Tyldesley Czestochowa Poland

Astley & Tyldesley raced an international challenge match against Slask Swietochlowice on the Monday evening following the European Championships. It was the first time A&T have ever raced a team match in Poland, so after 16 years in A&T colours, Przemek Binkowski and Tomek Wlodarczyk finally got to race for A&T in their homeland! Steve Harris lined up for A&T against his Polish club, whilst Kamil Bielica lined up for Slask against his British club. The riders were introduced to the 1970 World Speedway Final silver medallist, Pawel Waloszek, and the Mayor of Swietochlowice.

A&T got off to a great start with a 7-3 heat win by Emily Burgess and Ciaran Collins. Another 6-4 to the Marcin Jakubiak and Przemek Binkowski pairing in heat 3 put A&T six points up. Slask levelled the scores with a 6-4 in heat 8 and a similar score in the next race put them ahead for the first time. The scores remained close for the rest of the match, with Slask running out 83-77 winners, in a very friendly and entertaining match, ridden in front of a large crowd.

Charlie Burgess won the Junior Individual series, with races run at intervals during the main match.

The evening was rounded off with flares, musical entertainment, free sausages and beers, socialising and the making of many new friends.

International Challenge match result:

Slask Swietochlowice 83 Astley & Tyldesley 77

Slask: Mateusz Pacek 15, Kamil Bielaczek 12, Dawid Zajac 11 (1), Marek Pronobis 11 (1), Kacper Wlodarz 8 (1), Marcel Krzykowski 8, Kamil Bielica 5, Igor Orlowski 5, Lukasz Andruszewski 4 (1), Dawid Bas 4.

A&T: Marcin Jakubiak 14, Tomasz Wlodarczyk 13 (3), Przemek Binkowski 10, Emily Burgess 10, Ciaran Collins 9 (3), Steve Harris 8 (1), Paul Graham 6, Mick Knowles 6, Charlie Burgess 1.

Referee Kazimierz Kuchta.
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