Astley and Tyldesley entertained Sheffield Rockets in a Northern Combination League match at Gin Pit on Sunday. Missing several first choice riders, A & T were well beaten 87-63 and managed only one heat win all match.
Newcomers Steve Waterworth and Marc Osmand showed plenty of energy and effort, with Roy Heslop and Ron Makin in the mix. However, A & T’s youngsters found it hard going against the older Sheffield riders. Sheffield had their top three riders, Matt Parrott, Kyle Holland and Rich Hudson, all racing unbeaten, with Niall Morton scoring three race wins and Rob Mawhood unbeaten is his two outings.
Northern Combination League match result: Astley & Tyldesley 63 Sheffield Rockets 87
A & T scorers: Steve Waterworth 12 (2), Ron Makin 11 (1), Marc Osmand 11 (1), Roy Heslop 11, Max Evans 8, Matthew Snell 4 (2), Stefan Whitelegg 4 (1), Daniel Burns 2.
The match was followed by the sixth and final round of the Astley and Tyldesley Go-Ride Grand Prix series. This was contested by 16 riders, including many of the recent newcomers to the weekly Tuesday night sessions at Gin Pit. The four more experienced riders (Max Evans, Daniel Burns, Matthew Snell, Dan Smith-Makin) were handicapped, with the remainder starting off the gate.
Jessica Burgess raced to a 20 points maximum score in her first Go-Ride event and recorded the fastest time of the match, 42.01 seconds. Runner-up was Rhys Burgess (no relation), who dropped his only point to Jessica in heat 2. In a run-off for 3rd place, Emily Burgess, younger sister of Jessica, held off the challenge of Matt Snell, riding off a half lap handicap, to make it a Burgess 1-2-3!
A & T Go-Ride Grand Prix Round 6 result: Jessica Burgess 20, Rhys Burgess 19, Emily Burgess 17, Matthew Snell 17, Daniel Burns 15, Ben Dickinson 14, Jasmin Waterworth 14, Max Evans 14, Dan Smith-Makin 12, Connor Alfalahi 11, Daisy Osmand 11, Manisha Waterworth 10, McKenzie Firth 7, Charlie Burgess 7, Thomas Wibberley 6, Thomas Finney 5. Referee - Bill Phillips.
Daniel Burns is the overall A & T Go-Ride Grand Prix series winner, with a total of 77 points.
He finished well clear of runner-up Max Evans on 55 points, with Dan Smith-Makin taking 3rd place on 53.
A & T stage the eighth and final round of the Transpennine Grand Prix series at Gin Pit this forthcoming Sunday.
There are several age categories and the event is open to all A & T riders, along with those from other Northern clubs.
Registrations are at 1.30pm, with the first race at 2pm.