Sunday 28th March 2004
Astley & Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club took to the track for the opening league matches of the season at Bury on Sunday.
A & T's big guns were not available for this match, but the new look line-up were quickly in the action in the Northern Fours League match. Home team Bury led throughout for a comfortable win, but there was a real battle between A & T, Goshen and Heckmondwike for the 2nd place. After 10 races A & T were in 2nd place, but the Gin Pit men fell away in the last 6 heats to finish in 4th place. New captain Jeff Radcliffe won two of his four races, with new signing Ewan Tulloch putting in a solid performance.
Final score: Bury / Pedalsport 51 Heckmondwike / DB Dental 39 Goshen 36 Astley & Tyldesley Miners' Welfare / CTA Direct 33.
Goshen: Steve Mann 10, Scott Jarman 9, Tom Doyle 9, John Whiting 8.
Heckmondwike: James Carter 16, Darren Kent 14, Sam Westcott 5, Richard Westcott 4.
A & T: Jeff Radcliffe 12, Ewan Tulloch 8, Chris Smith 7, Warren Mee 6.
Bury: Neil Howarth 15, Fred Rothwell 13, Paul Dyson 11, Steve Muff 11, David Parrish 1.
Referee - Andy Moody (Hull).
A & T tracked 10 riders for the various categories that made up the Northern Junior League match. John Nuttall won two of his four races in the U-13 category, with a battling performance from young Dylan Radcliffe. Becky Heslop put in a good performance in her first match as an U-16 rider. Ewan Tulloch dropped just one point in the Senior Combination category, with good back-up from Mike Hack, Chris Smith and Roy Heslop. Once again, home team Bury won the match, but a solid scoring A & T took 2nd place overall on the day, with defending champions Sheffield Stars in 3rd place.
Final score: Bury / Pedalsport 129 Astley & Tyldesley Miners' Welfare / CTA Direct 112 Sheffield 87 Kingston Cycles / Hull 54 Tameside 28 Heckmondwike / DB Dental 0.A & T scorers: Ewan Tulloch 15, John Nuttall 14, Mike Hack 13, Chris Smith 13, Roy Heslop 12, Dylan Radcliffe 11, Becky Heslop 11, Warren Mee 9, Jeff Radcliffe 9, Daniel Swales 5.
Astley & Tyldesley Fixtures