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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Parish and Ramsden hit form
CHRIS Parish for Bury and Goshen rider Kris Ramsden put in impressive performances in the final round of the Northern Fours, even though the title is already in Stockport’s hands. Parish took the early honours, defeating James Elston but Goshen replied as Ramsden, then Adam Watson won races. Luke Jamson, also riding well, took a good second place, holding off Ryan Livesey, and by halfway it was Bury in second place. Good wins for Elston and Ramsden were offset by a great gate from Parish and then a fine victory from Bury captain Neil Howarth.
It had now become a three-team match as the others could not cope with the top-end power of the leading three. Joe Allan scored a fine second and, with two races to go, Bury could afford to give Thomas Whitwam a race as they took second place.
Final Scores: Stockport 67, Bury 61, Goshen 57, Heckmondwike 49, Astley 39 and Hull 25. However, with all the match points counted, it was Goshen average age 14 who took overall second.
Scorers: Bury – Neil Howarth 14, Chris Parish 18, Luke Jamson 16, Joe Allan 12, Tom Whitwam 1, Kris Ramsden 18, James Elston 12, Adam Watson 11, Danny Taylor 7, Ryan Livesey 9.
In the Individual events, there were honours once again for Bury. Whitwam coasted to a full 16-point maximum and took the overall title, but, not to be outdone, Elston equalled the feat in the u13s event.
Adam Turnbull was very unlucky to receive a first- race exclusion, which cost him second overall. In the Combination event, Ramsden continued his fine form, racing to 16 points with Livesey on 14 and Joe Halloran on 10.
Will Owen had little luck in u19s event marred by his first race exclusion which put his final points tally to seven.
But he enjoyed a great last race against championship leader Jack Lush, holding him until the final bend. Despite a nine point deficit at the start, Bury recovered to take the overall Northern Junior title to add to the Manchester trophy secured the previous week.
As the season draws to a close Bury have two really tough away matches, travelling to Sheffield on Sunday and Newcastle a week later.
The Division One title is gone, but Division Two is still achievable.
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