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Laura plays her part in eighth title triumph
10:07pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Sport
A TYLDESLEY teenager produced the decisive ride as Leicester Monarchs were crowned cycling speedway’s British Women’s Club Champions for the eighth year in a row.
Laura Watson, aged 18, who has competed with the team for two years, achieved a race win in Hull to clinch the title with several heats still remaining.
Watson, who trains at Bury as well as at Leicester, has had her confidence and ability boosted after reaching and finishing fifth in the recent British Individual Championships.
Meanwhile, a mixed Astley and Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club side lined up for the sixth and final round of the Northern Fours League at Bury on Sunday.
Reece Pollitt led the scoring for A&T, winning three of his five races.
A&T finished fifth of six on the day, as Stockport made a clean sweep, winning all six rounds of the series to take the title. A&T finished in fourth place.
At the same event, St Ambrose Barlow Primary School pupil Thomas Whitwam, who is from Astley but competes for Bury, won all four races in his age group to be crowned Northern League under 10s champion.
Northern Fours League round six result: Stockport 68 Bury 61 Goshen 57 Heckmondwike 49 Astley & Tyldesley 39 Hull 25 A&T scorers: Reece Pollitt 16, Mark Graham 9, Roy Heslop 8, Ciaran Collins 6.
Final Northern Fours League positions: Stockport 36, Goshen 25, Bury 23, Astley & Tyldesley 18, Heckmondwike 15, Hull 9.
A&T and Bury started as joint leaders on match points in the final round of the Northern Junior League series.
Ben Dickinson rode well to score 13 points in the under 10s match, ably backed by Joe Quarmby and Emily Burgess with 11 apiece.
Elsewhere, A&T suffered a blow when Max Evans withdrew after being put into the fence in his second ride – he won his opening race.
Ciaran Collins won two races to score 14 while Pollitt won his opening three races to score 15 in the under 16s, also securing overall victory in the under16s Grand Prix individual series.
Mark Graham scored 13 in the combination match, backed up by Roy Heslop on 12.
Northern Junior League round six result: Bury 174, Astley & Tyldesley 136, Stockport 52, Heckmondwike 51, Hull 27.
A&T scorers: Reece Pollitt 15, Ciaran Collins 14, Ben Dickinson 13, Mark Graham 13, Roy Heslop 12, Joe Quarmby 11, Emily Burgess 11, Mike Hack 10, John White 9, Charlie Burgess 8, Jessica Burgess 8, Alex Semtyshin 8, Max Evans 4.
Final Northern Junior League positions: Bury 25, Astley & Tyldesley 24, Hull 15 Stockport 14, Heckmondwike 12.
Astley & Tyldesley host the final national round of the British Youth and Junior League Series at Gin Pit this Saturday.
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