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Cycle Speedway Cup 2019

Ipswich Eagles are the 2019 Cycle Speedway Cup winners! The Suffolk side led for most of the 32 heats match, running out winners by 15 points, in this afternoon's final at Gin Pit.

Despite heavy overnight rain, the Gin Pit circuit was in fine condition and an exciting day's racing followed. Fortunately, the forecast rain held off for most of the meeting.

Poole led after the first round of B grade races, but Ipswich held a commanding lead by the time the A grade riders had completed their first round. Scores after heat 8 were: Ipswich 27 Poole 19 Astley & Tyldesley 18 Coventry 14. Ipswich still held the lead at the interval, after heat 16, but an impressive charge by A&T saw them pull clear of the other two clubs. Interval scores were: Ipswich 50 Astley & Tyldesley 42 Poole 33 Coventry 31.

Poole won six of the next round of eight races after the interval, to claw back the deficit on A&T, who in turn moved closer to Ipswich. Scores after heat 24 were: Ipswich 68 Astley & Tyldesley 62 Poole 60 Coventry 43. Two more race wins to Poole followed and they overhauled A&T for a second place that they never subsequently lost. Ipswich stepped up a gear, winning five successive races between heats 27 and 31, with Lewis Brinkhoff's race win in heat 30 sealing the Cup for the Eagles. A&T pulled back to within one point of Poole after heat 30, but Tomek Wlodarczyk's exclusion after clashing with Poole's Fraser Garnett in heat 31 settled the overall 2nd and 3rd placings.

Astley & Tyldesley's Reece Pollitt and Ipswich's Matt Hill were the joint top scorers in the 'A' grade races, with 13 points apiece. Ipswich's Richard Fellgett rode to a fine 16 points maximum in the 'B' grade races, recording the fastest time of the day, 41.25 seconds, in heat 28. His team mate Ben Clarke raced unbeaten from reserve.

The magnificent cup, medals and bubbly were presented by an array of official guests - British Cycling's Delivery Director, Danielle Every; British Cycling's Governance Manager, Alex Peet; British Cycling's North West Regional Chair, Alan Gornall; Tyldesley Ward Councillor, Nazia Rehman; Astley & Tyldesley Club Chairman, Bill Phillips.

Cycle Speedway Cup Final result
Ipswich 94 Poole 79 Astley & Tyldesley 75 Coventry 62.
A grades: Matt Hill 13, Ashley Hill 11, Dan Knights 10, Lewis Brinkhoff 8.
B grades: Richard Fellgett 16, James Porter 11, Fraser Harris 4, Ben Harvey 3.
Juniors: Ben Clarke 12, Tyler Brinkhoff 6.
A grades: Ben Mould 11, Fraser Garnett 11, Aaron Smith 9, Matt Mildon 9.
B grades: Will Bristowe 11, Jay Briggs 11, Kyran Yeatman 11, Nathan Goulden 6.
Astley & Tyldesley:
A grades: Reece Pollitt 13, Pawel Idziorek 12, Steve Harris 10, Tomek Wlodarczyk 7.
B grades: Kyle Holland 9, Ciaran Collins 8, Mark Grantham 4, Mick Knowles 1.
Juniors: Matt Snell 8, Emily Burgess 3.
A grades: Myke Grimes 10, Mike Baldock 8, Dominik Rycharski 6, Adam Watson 6.
B grades: Tom Savage 11, Jim Bailey 7, Dan Drewett 7, Cameron Gill 4.
Junior: Josh Walters 3.
Referee - Darren Kent (West Yorkshire).

Still photography: Paul Devine

Northern League Division 1 A&T vs Edinburgh 28th April 2019 Cycle Speedway

Astley & Tyldesley maintained their 100% record in the North & Scotland League, with convincing wins in all three divisions against Edinburgh at Gin Pit today.

The Division 1 match was a hard fought event, with numerous re-runs leading to the match taking over two hours to run. A&T took the lead in heat 1, with a 6-4 to the Kamil Bielica/ Steve Harris pairing over Ed and Niall Morton. A 7-3 to the Bielica/ Tomasz Wlodarczyk pair over the Morton brothers in heat 5 put A&T firmly in control with a 29-21 lead. Edinburgh kept in contention mid match, before a 7-3 heat win to the Bielica/ Reece Pollitt pairing over Jason Keith and Jake Slight in heat 12 was followed by a 7-2 to the Pawel Idziorek/ Pollitt pairing over Niall Morton, after Slight was excluded in heat 14. This made the scores 77-62. An unsavoury incident in heat 17 saw Edinburgh's Craig Newsome red carded for a bike throwing incident and dissent to the referee. A&T rounded off the match with a 7-3 to the Pollitt/ Idziorek pairing over Neil McPherson/ Keith, to make the final score 100-72. Kamil Bielica and Reece Pollitt both raced unbeaten for A&T, with solid support throughout. Captain Mikey Hewitson was best for Edinburgh, with three race wins and lost twice only to Pollitt.

North & Scotland League Division 1 match result
A&T 100: Kamil Bielica 24, Reece Pollitt 22 (2), Pawel Idziorek 20 (1), Steve Harris 14 (1), Tomasz Wlodarczyk 13 (3), Adam Phillips 4, Kyle Holland 2 (1), Mick Knowles 1, Mark Grantham dnr, Paul Graham dnr.
Edinburgh 72: Mikey Hewitson 17 (1), Ed Morton 14, Niall Morton 13 (2), Jason Keith 10 (2), Jake Slight 8 (1), Josh Herring 8, Neil McPherson 3, Lewis Foxley 2, Craig Newsome -3.
Referee - Chaz Whalley.

Northern League Division 1 A&T vs Stockport 8th April 2018 Cycle Speedway

Astley & Tyldesley began their defence of all three Northern League titles with emphatic wins in each division, at Gin Pit against Stockport, today.

Last year's Division 1 runners-up Stockport tracked just six riders, with veteran Terry Norman having retired. A&T fielded ten riders in the Division 1 match, with Steve Harris, Pawel Idziorek and Kamil Bielica all making their competitive debuts for Team Green. A&T opened with a 6-4 in heat 1, after Higham took Harris wide and Evans slipped through to take the win. Stockport took the lead in heat 2, after Holland was excluded on the gate and Read passed Graham to join Preston at the front for a 7-2 heat win. A&T hit back with two 7-3s, firstly by Idziorek/ Pollitt over Campbell/ Wright and then by Bielica/ Evans over Preston/ McCabe, to move into a 22-17 lead. The home team controlled the match after this, banging in four more 7-3 heat wins to lead 88-61 going into heat 16, the first of three nominated heats. Preston/ Read took a 7-3 over Holland/ Evans in heat 16, before A&T wrapped up the match with two 7-3 heat wins, to Idziorek/ Pollitt over Wright/ Campbell and then to Harris/ Bielica over Higham/ McCabe, to make the final score 105-74. Pawel Idziorek raced to a fine 20 points maximum score and recorded the fastest time of the match, 40.76 seconds, in heat 3. A solid scoring A&T team were most impressive throughout. For Stockport, Jake Read and Michael Preston rode well, but lacked the back-up to trouble the home team.

Northern League Division 1 result
Astley & Tyldesley 105 Stockport 74
A&T: Pawel Idziorek 20, Reece Pollitt 19 (3), Steve Harris 17 (3), Kamil Bielica 17 (2), Max Evans 15 (2), Kyle Holland 10 (2), Mark Grantham 3, Mick Knowles 2, Paul Graham 2, Emily Burgess dnr.
Stockport: Jake Read 19 (2), Michael Preston 17, Ben Higham 12, Louis Wright 10, Devon Campbell 9, Lance McCabe 7.
Referee - Chas Whalley.

North & Scotland Regional Cycle Speedway Play-off 2019

Astley & Tyldesley have won the North & Scotland Regional Play-off Final for the third successive year! Team Green saw off a strong challenge from an Edinburgh side, which pushed them all the way, to win by 7 points.

As Division 1 champions, A&T had the benefit of home track advantage and they made it count early on, winning three of the opening B grade races. Edinburgh top scored from their grid 1s in the first round of A grade races. After heat 8, A&T led on 25, from Edinburgh on 24, Bury on 18 and Hull on 13. The next round of races saw Edinburgh's B grade riders off grid 1s and they moved into a 39-37 lead over A&T. Back came A&T, as their A grade riders won all four of their grid 1s, although Edinburgh kept in touch off their grid 4s, as two Hull riders collected gate exclusions in this round of races. At the halfway stage the scores were: A&T 53 Edinburgh 48 Bury 36 Hull 21.

Edinburgh hit back in the next round of B grade races, with two last places to A&T's junior reserves. A&T were dismayed that heat 19 wasn't stopped after Matt Snell ended up in the fence on the back straight, after clashing with Edinburgh's Neil McPherson. This brought the scores back to 62-61 in A&T's favour at the end of heat 20. A&T's A grade riders went off grid 2 against Edinburgh's grid 3 in the next round of races, and after 24 heats the scores were: A&T 74 Edinburgh 71 Bury 55 Hull 38. The match was really decided in the next round of races. A&T's B grade riders went off grid 1 and won all four heats, including two wins by junior reserve Matt Snell. Edinburgh's Craig Newsome collected a gate exclusion in heat 28, as A&T moved into a 90-79 lead, with just four races remaining. A&T's A grade riders were off the unfavourable grid 4s for the last round of races. A great gate by Pawel Idziorek saw him win heat 30, to clinch the overall match victory for A&T. Tomek Wlodarczyk and Steve Harris picked up third places in the last two races, as A&T ran out winners by 7 points from Edinburgh.

This was a great team effort by an Astley & Tyldesley side that had to dig deep to defeat a determined Edinburgh team that pushed them hard all the way. After a season ravaged by illness and injury, Ciaran Collins turned in a terrific performance to record a 16 points maximum in the B grade races. In the A grade races, Pawel Idziorek lost only to Edinburgh's Mikey Hewitson in heat 21, who in turn lost only to Reece Pollitt in heat 15, which was the fastest time of the day, 41.40 seconds.

A&T will now face Coventry, Ipswich and Poole in the CS National Cup Final, at Gin Pit, in a fortnight's time.

Cycle Speedway Cup - North & Scotland Play-off Final
Astley & Tyldesley 100 Edinburgh 93 Bury 70 Hull 53
As - Pawel Idziorek 15, Steve Harris 12, Reece Pollitt 12, Tomek Wlodarczyk 11.
Bs - Ciaran Collins 16, Kyle Holland 14, Mark Grantham 6, Mick Knowles 3.
Reserves - Matt Snell 10, Emily Burgess 1.
As - Mikey Hewitson 15, Ed Morton 12, Jake Slight 11, Niall Morton 8.
Bs - Neil McPherson 13, Lewis Foxley 12, Jason Keith 11, Craig Newsome 11.
As - Kaysar Mohammadi 12, Kris Ramsden 8, Neil Howarth 6, Adam Turnbull 6.
Bs - Danny Taylor 13, Harry Radford 9, Eryk Motala 9, Steve Mann 3.
Reserve - Dawar Mohammadi 4.
As - Andy Angell 10, Nathan Everett 10, David Cooper 5, Jack Lister 4.
Bs - Matt Eglen 8, Frank Auffret 6, Dan Teal 5, Regan Stubbs 5.
Referee - Graham Lush (Stockport).

Photos: Len Priestley


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Northern League Division 2 A&T vs Stockport 8th April 2018 Cycle Speedway

A&T raced to a convincing 83-56 win, as Stockport fielded just their four eligible riders for the Division 2 match. Louis Wright lost only to Max Evans in heat 12, with good support from Devon Campbell and Michael Preston. Max Evans top scored for a solid scoring A&T team, with all riders impressing. The only blot for A&T was a heavy fall taken by Charlie Burgess at the completion of heat 13.

Northern League Division 2 result
Astley & Tyldesley 83 Stockport 56
A&T: Max Evans 17 (1), Tom Morrissey 15 (1), Emily Burgess 14, Mark Grantham 13 (2), Mick Knowles 10 (3), Charlie Burgess 7 (2), John White 7 (2).
Stockport: Louis Wright 19, Devon Campbell 16, Michael Preston 16, Lance McCabe 5.
Referee - Kyle Holland.

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Northern League Division 1 A&T vs Hull 6th August 2017 Cycle Speedway

Astley & Tyldesley enjoyed another day of winning all three Northern League fixtures, against Hull at Gin Pit on Sunday. The visitors arrived short handed and borrowed several home riders to make up the numbers.
Hull's three times British Champion Andy Angell, making his first visit to the new Gin Pit track, broke the track record in heat 1, with a time of 40.08 seconds. Twice he pulled off impressive wins from the back over A&T's Polish star Tomasz Wlodarczyk, but was on the wrong end of a great 7-3 by A&T's young pairing of Reece Pollitt and Max Evans in heat 7 and fell whilst chasing Marcin Jakubiak in heat 13. The Division 1 result was never in doubt, as A&T romped to a 116-63 win, adjusted to 116-45 after deducting the loaned riders scores. Pollitt raced to an impressive maximum score for A&T, with Jakubiak, Evans and Wlodarczyk losing only to Angell.
Northern League Division 1 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 116 Hull 45
A&T: Reece Pollitt 21 (3), Marcin Jakubiak 21 (2), Max Evans 20 (2), Tomasz Wlodarczyk 20 (2), Ciaran Collins 12 (3), Paul Graham 10 (1), Mick Knowles 9 (1), Emily Burgess 3 (1).
Hull: Andy Angell 17, David Cooper 11, Nathan Everett 10 (1), * Danny Pickup * 8, Rich Pawson 7, * Duncan Whalley * 5, * Fraser Brundrett * 5.
Referee - Mike Hack.

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Northern League Division 1 A&T vs Bury 31st March 2019 Cycle Speedway

Astley & Tyldesley raced to three big wins over local rivals Bury Comets, in this afternoon's North & Scotland League fixture at Gin Pit. On a cold, breezy afternoon, the track was in perfect condition, resulting in some very fast times being recorded.

In the Division 1 match, League champions A&T won the first five heats to open up a 34-16 lead, before the points were shared in heat 6. The match continued in a similar vein, as A&T won thirteen heats, with the other five drawn, to run out 113-66 winners. A&T's top trio of Steve Harris, Reece Pollitt and Pawel Idziorek all raced unbeaten by an opponent, along with Matt Snell, with solid support from the rest of the team. Pollitt recorded the fastest time so far this season, 40.40 seconds, when winning heat 15. Veteran Neil Howarth top scored for Bury, with his best support coming from Kris Ramsden.

North & Scotland League Division 1 match result
Astley & Tyldesley 113 Bury 66
A&T: Reece Pollitt 23 (1), Pawel Idziorek 23 (1), Steve Harris 19 (5), Max Evans 16 (1), Adam Phillips 8 (2), Matt Snell 8, Paul Graham 8, Mark Grantham 3, Mick Knowles 3, Emily Burgess 2 (1).
Bury: Neil Howarth 15, Kris Ramsden 14, Kaysar Mohammadi 9 (1), Adam Turnbull 9 (1), Harry Radford 9, Danny Taylor 8 (2), Dawar Mohammadi 2, Steve Mann dnr.
Referee - Mike Hack.



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