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Sun 15th Sept Sheffield v Astley & Tyldesley Sheffield

Astley & Tyldesley rounded off the scheduled North & Scotland League season with two impressive wins at Sheffield on a cool Sunday afternoon.

In the Division 3 match, Sheffield fielded 8 riders and recorded the highest score by an opponent this year, 84 points. A&T's 11 riders collectively scored 111 points, to record their 13th win out of 14 matches this campaign. In the u-10 match, A&T's Frank White lost only to Sheffield's Edward Balfour in heat 1, but beat the same rider in heat 6. Sheffield's Charlie Priest lost only to Balfour in heat 11. A&T's John White raced unbeaten in the u-13 match, twice beating team mate Charlie Burgess in the process. North & Scotland Regional Chairman, Mike Hack, presented the A&T youngsters with the Division 3 trophy, won by A&T for the seventh successive year.

North & Scotland League Division 3 match result:

Sheffield 84 Astley & Tyldesley 111

Sheffield: Edward Balfour 15, Charlie Priest 15, Oliver Banyard 13, Imogen MacKenzie 12, Oliver MacKenzie 11, Lucas Milton 8, Jess Hammett 5, Erin Balfour 5.

A&T: John White 16, Frank White 15, Charlie Burgess 14, Freddie Cox 11, Oscar Belt 11, Duncan Whalley 11, Lewis Skitterall 10, Myles Grantham 8, Levi Edwards 6, Owen Simcock 6, Harriet Belt 3.

Referee - Dave Shoat.

A&T needed to win the Division 2 match to finish level on match points with Fife, in the final Division 2 table. The visitors opened with two 6-4 heat wins, before Sheffield hit back with a 6-4 of their own. John White and Emily Burgess teamed up for a 7-3 heat win over Laura Watson and Niamh Morton, in heat 4, to put A&T 6 points ahead. Three more heat wins in the middle of the match saw A&T take an unassailable 47-33 lead after heat 8. Two heat wins followed late
on, for Team Green to run out convincing 70-50 winners. Matt Snell maintained his recent run of excellent form, reeling off four wins after losing to Kielan Burton in heat 3. John White was unbeaten in his three races as a reserve, with solid performances from the rest of the team, as all 8 riders were utilised. Burton was best for Sheffield, beaten only by Mark Grantham, Snell and White. A&T finish top of the table, ahead of Fife on race points, but under long established league rules, the title will be decided by a play-off on a neutral track.

North & Scotland League Division 2 match result:

Sheffield 50 Astley & Tyldesley 70

Sheffield: Kielan Burton 17, Laura Watson 9, James Morris 7 (1), Luke Morton 7, Niamh Morton 6, Will Banyard 4, Edward Balfour dnr.

A&T: Matt Snell 19, Mick Knowles 12 (1), John White 11 (1), Emily Burgess 9 (2), Mark Grantham 9 (1), Charlie Burgess 5, Lee Phillips 4, Duncan Whalley 1.

Referee - Chris Bingham.
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