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Sun 16th June Edinburgh v Astley & Tyldesley Edinburgh

Astley & Tyldesley raced to two great wins in the North & Scotland League at Edinburgh yesterday.

The Division 1 match was dubbed by some people pre-match as being the title decider. The match certainly lived up to expectations, as the Redbraes Park crowd were treated to a full blooded, no holds barred encounter, with numerous clashes and re-runs throughout the 18 heats. Two 7-3 heat wins early on put A&T 6 points up after heat 3, but the home team hit back with a 7-2 after Pawel Idziorek collected a gate exclusion in heat 4.Heat wins in heats 6 and 7 extended A&T's lead to 7 points after heat 7. However, Edinburgh took full advantage of a second exclusion to A&T, this time to Steve Harris, after he clashed with Lewis Foxley on the back straight. This made the interval score Edinburgh 38 A&T 40. Edinburgh levelled the scores with a 6-4 in heat 10 and then took the lead after A&T's third exclusion of the match, this time to Tomasz Wlodarczyk after another back straight clash. Reece Pollitt ended up on the grass on the outside of the back straight after clashing with Mikey Hewitson in the next race, as the race continued. The visitors' protests ended up with Mick Knowles receiving a yellow card for dissent and the four points deducted saw Edinburgh take a 5 points lead after heat 12. Back came A&T with a 6-4 and a 7-3 win to regain the lead and be 72-71 in front going into the nominated races. Edinburgh regained the lead with a 6-4 in heat 16. The next race saw both sides top scorers in action and this time it was the Pollitt and Remi Burchardt pairing who stormed away from the gate to take a vital 7-3 heat win over Hewitson and Foxley. The last heat was re-run before Wlodarczyk raced away to take the win, with a smart pass from Harris as he slipped inside Jason Keith and Ed Morton on the back straight to join his partner for a 7-3 heat win and a final score of Edinburgh 83 Astley & Tyldesley 90.

This was an excellent win by Astley & Tyldesley, keeping their composure with 7-3 heat wins in the last two heats, to take a deserved victory in a very hard fought match. Fittingly, it was A&T's longest serving rider, Tomek Wlodarczyk, 17 years with the club, who took the race win which clinched the match win to put A&T in a strong position to win the North & Scotland League Division 1 title for the third successive year. Remi Burchardt, 6th in the list of all time A&T points scorers, made an excellent return to the team, losing only to Mikey Hewitson in heat 10.

North & Scotland League Division 1 match result:

Edinburgh 83 Astley & Tyldesley 90

Edinburgh: Mikey Hewitson 19 (1), Lewis Foxley 15 (1), Jake Slight 14, Ed Morton 12 (1), Niall Morton 10 (1), Jason Keith 9 (1), Craig Newsome 3 (1), Neil McPherson 1, Shane Gray dnr.

A&T: Remi Burchardt 20 (3), Reece Pollitt 17 (1), Tomek Wlodarczyk 17 (1), Steve Harris 14 (2), Pawel Idziorek 14, Paul Graham 8, Mark Grantham 4, Mick Knowles -4, Matt Snell dnr, Emily Burgess dnr.

Referee - Gavin Kennedy.

A&T took a comfortable win, 68-51, in the Division 2 match, to maintain their title challenge. A&T took three 7-3 heat wins in the opening four races and never looked back. Matt Snell and Emily Burgess top scored, despite Emily picking up an exclusion when she came down after clashing with Ewan Tulloch in heat 6. Matt raced against Edinburgh's top scorer Lewis Foxley in all his five races, with Lewis winning three times and Matt twice.

North & Scotland League Division 2 match result:

Edinburgh 51 Astley & Tyldesley 68

Edinburgh: Lewis Foxley 21, Shane Gray 10, Terry Kirkup 7, Dode Mitchell 5, Ewan Tulloch 5, Iain Macdonald 3.

A&T: Emily Burgess 16 (1), Matt Snell 16 (1), Mark Grantham 11 (3), Mick Knowles 11 (3), Lee Phillips 10 (1), Duncan Whalley 4.

Referee - Gavin Kennedy.

A&T suffered their first defeat of the season in a Division 3 match, going down 66-49. Full credit to Edinburgh who fielded seven riders, against A&T's four. Duncan Whalley and Aiden Green both raced unbeaten in the u-13 and u-10 matches respectively, with Myles Grantham and Aliesha Green both taking points off their opponents.

North & Scotland League Division 3 match result:

Edinburgh 66 Astley & Tyldesley 49

Edinburgh: Ben Foxley 13, Maxwell Newsome 12, Jemma McPherson 11, Nathan Slight 10, Amy Macdonald 9, Oliver Slight 7, Harry Gilroy 4.

A&T: Aiden Green 16, Duncan Whalley 16, Myles Grantham 9, Aliesha Green 8.

Referee - Ewan Tulloch.
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