First win of Northern League season

Astley & Tyldesley chalked up their first win of the season with an 80-70 scoreline at Heckmondwike in Sunday’s Northern League Division 1 match. The Heckmondwike track had passed a track inspection the previous day, after being under ice and snow for the past week or so.

Astley & Tyldesley opened up with two 6-4 heat wins and were still 4 points up at the interval. The visitors were quick out of the traps with a 7-3 heat win to the Reece Pollitt and Danny Swales pairing in heat 9 to double the lead. A great ride by George Hughes saw him keep Adam Watson at the back for a shared heat in the following race to maintain the 8 points lead. A&T put in two late 6-4 heat wins to go 12 points up, before the home side took a 6-4 heat win in the last race, to make the final score 70-80.

For Heckmondwike, Pawel Idziorek rode to an impressive 20 points maximum, with Darren Kent winning three races, losing only to Danny Hughes. A&T were excellently led by Danny Hughes, Reece Pollitt and Danny Swales, who collectively won seven races. Northern League match result

Heckmondwike 70 Astley & Tyldesley 80. A&T: Reece Pollitt 18, Danny Swales 17, Danny Hughes 17, Ron Makin 10, George Hughes 7, Roy Heslop 7, Matthew Snell 4.

Astley & Tyldesley are holding weekly club practice sessions, every Tuesday evening, starting at 7pm. New riders are welcome to try out the exciting sport of cycle speedway. The club has bikes and helmets to use, with a first session free of charge at the track at the Astley & Tyldesley Miners’ Welfare Club, Meanley Road, Gin Pit, Tyldesley. M29 7DW. Visit www.astleycyclespeedway.org.uk