Strong finish for A&T

Astley & Tyldesley's Paul Graham leading Heckmondwike's Jake Wood in heat 7 of the Northern Fours League match. Photo courtesy of Sue Tydd.
Astley & Tyldesley's Paul Graham leading Heckmondwike's Jake Wood in heat 7 of the Northern Fours League match. Photo courtesy of Sue Tydd.
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Astley & Tyldesley hosted Round 2 of the Northern Fours League and Junior League series at a cold, wet and windy Gin Pit on Sunday.

Team Green made a great start in the Fours League match, scoring 12 points in the first round of races to take second place. A mid match dip, with two last places saw A&T drop to fourth place after the third round of races, but A&T finished strongly to take third place on the day. Paul Graham was in good form for Team Green, winning three of his five races, with Danny Hughes taking two race wins. Mark Graham, Ron Makin and George Hughes all chipped in with valuable points.

Stockport ran out convincing winners, with Jack Lush and Ben Higham both racing unbeaten. Bury took second place on the day, with their reserve Steve Whitaker unbeaten in his four races. The match was marred by a bad crash on the pits bend in heat 23, which saw racing held up for 45 minutes, while Goshen’s Will Owens received first aid treatment and was subsequently taken to hospital in an ambulance, suffering back injuries. Fortunately, he was released from hospital and allowed home the same evening.

Northern Fours League Round 2 match result

Stockport 72 Bury 56 Astley & Tyldesley 51 Goshen 47 Heckmondwike 38 Hull 32

A&T scorers: Paul Graham 16, Danny Hughes 14, Mark Graham 7, Ron Makin 7, George Hughes 7.

• Astley & Tyldesley riders turned out in force and ran out convincing winners in the Junior League match, to make it two wins out of two in this six round series. The key to the win was solid scores throughout the team in all categories, with every rider’s points counting to their team’s totals in this competition.

Matthew Snell won two races in the U10 event, with strong support from Emily Burgess and Ben Dickinson. Ciaran Collins and Max Evans were in the points in the U13 event, while Joel Partington was A&T’s lone entrant in the U16 event, scoring a hard earned 13 points. The rain came down hard and the track was really wet for the final event, the U19 and Combination categories. George Hughes dropped just one point in the Combination category, with Reece Pollitt, Ron Makin and Roy Heslop all scoring well.

Northern Junior League Round 2 match result

Astley & Tyldesley 146 Hull 80 Bury 77 Stockport 59 Heckmondwike 15

A&T scorers: George Hughes 15, Matthew Snell 13, Joel Partington 13, Reece Pollitt 13, Roy Heslop 13, Ron Makin 13, Emily Burgess 11, Ciaran Collins 11, Max Evans 11, Ben Dickinson 10, John White 7, Charlie Burgess 6, Alex Semtyshin 6, Harvey Johnson 4.