Astley & Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club enjoyed mixed fortunes in their North & Scotland League fixture against local rivals Bury, at a warm and sunny Gin Pit on Sunday.

In the Division One match, both teams had several first-choice riders missing, but Bury’s replacements were more experienced than A&T’s.

Consequently, defending league champions A&T went down to a heavy 104-74 defeat.

A&T’s four regulars all scored well, but Bury provided the race winner in 17 of the 18 races.

A&T scorers: Tom Morrissey 15 (plus 1 bonus), Duncan Whalley 15 (1), Steve Harris 14 (4), Terry Norman 13, Oscar Belt 6 (1), Owen Simcock 5, Levi Edwards 3, Nahom Tumizghy 2, Mason Gallagher 1.

The roles were reversed in the Division Two and Division Three matches, with A&T having the upper hand in both matches.

Bury conceded 25 penalty points for fielding an ineligible rider in the Division Two match, as A&T raced to a convincing 108-56 win.

Duncan Whalley dropped just one point to an opponent, while Owen Simcock enjoyed his best ever match.

A&T scorers: Owen Simcock 17, Duncan Whalley 16 (3), Oscar Belt 13 (2), Nahom Tumizghy 13 (1), Levi Edwards 11, Mason Gallagher 9 (2), Tom Morrissey 4.

A&T raced to a comfortable 51-29 win in the Division Three match, for under-10 and u13 riders.

Nahom Tumizghy and Oscar Belt were top scorers for A&T, on 12 points each.

A&T scorers: Nahom Tumizghy 12, Oscar Belt 12, Levi Edwards 11, Charlotte Brighouse 6, Elijah Rechembei 6, William McGee 4.