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Sun 21st June Northern Knock-Out Cup Bury

Astley & Tyldesley raced to victory in today's North & Scotland Junior Cup Final at Bury.

The first three races were shared, before John White and Emily Burgess took a 7-3 over Harry Radford and Dawar Mohammadi. A 6-4 to Ciaran Collins and Emily over Kaysar Mohammadi and Harry put A&T six points up at the halfway stage. Disaster for Bury as Kaysar picked up a gate exclusion in heat 7, and a comfortable 7-2 win to Emily and Matt Snell over reserve Tom Dunphy, put A&T 40-29 ahead. After three shared heats, A&T rounded off the match with a last heat 7-3 to John White and Emily over Harry and Tom, to run out convincing 68-51 winners. All five A&T riders put in a solid performance, while Bury relied heavily on Kaysar Mohammadi and Adam Turnbull for their points. This is the fifth time that A&T have won the cup, but the first time since 2000.

North & Scotland Junior K.O. Cup Final result:

Bury 51 Astley & Tyldesley 68

Bury: Adam Turnbull 17 (2), Kaysar Mohammadi 15, Harry Radford 10, Dawar Mohammadi 6, Tom Dunphy 3.

A&T: Emily Burgess 17 (3), Matt Snell 17 (1), Ciaran Collins 15 (1), John White 14 (2), Charlie Burgess 5 (1).

Referee - Andy Schofield (Hull).

There was disappointment for A&T in the Senior K.O. Cup Final, finishing runners-up, five points behind the winners Edinburgh. A&T and Edinburgh were in close contention throughout, with Edinburgh holding a slender 1 point lead after heat 15. Two race wins put A&T ahead with two races to go, but Steve Harris was a faller in the re-run heat 19 and that penultimate heat saw Edinburgh clinch the victory. The match hinged on two controversial races, when Steve Harris was twice legged off at the first bend. The races were both re-run, but without any exclusions, whilst Harris failed to score in either re-run, collecting an exclusion in one and suffering a fall in the other. With the match consisting of five highly competitive teams, small margins mean the difference between winning and losing. Congratulations go to a determined Edinburgh team on their victory.

North & Scotland Senior K.O. Cup Final result:

Edinburgh 47 Astley & Tyldesley 42 Hull 41 Stockport 35 Bury 32

Referee - Ewan Tulloch (Edinburgh).
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