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Preston Innovations Matchman of the Year qualifiers




* Burton Mutual AA, Trent & Mersey Canal, Burton, Staffs. Sun, 90. Colin Brunt (Ted Carter Preston) 9-6-0, three skimmers and small fish, poled caster squatt and pinkie, behind Oakamoor Café; Steve Welford (Browning Hot Rods) 6-4-0; Rob Hewison (Sensas Mark One) 6-2-0; Stef Johanson (Team Eclipse) 5-13-0; K. Clifton (Garbolino Lincs County) 5-6-0; Steve Broome (Bilston Angling Centre) 4-8-0.

* Coors AC, Trent and Mersey Canal, Armitage and Handsacre. Sat, 82. Pete Allwood (Long Eaton Federation) 8-15-0, 147 roach, poled squatt; peg 227; Chris Wright (Matrix/Dynamite) 8-6-8; Paul Turner (Wolverhampton AA Van den Eynde) 7-9-0; Ian Sherratt (Long Eaton Federation) 6-13-0; Damian Parry (Browning Lifestyle 6-9-0; Martin Owen (Browning Lifestyle) 6-7-0.

* Coors AC Whiz Kids Charity Open, River Trent, Burton and Shardlow. Sat, 50. Nick West (Leicester Sensas) 21-2-0, chub and roach, waggler and maggot, Crown Meadows Shardlow; Tony Marshall (Shakespeare) 19-2-0; Colin Walton (Newark) 15-6-0; Dave Petch (Quorn Van den Eynde) 15-0-0; Paul Bick (Shakespeare) and Richie Reynolds (Maver Bait-Tech) both 12-7-0. £421 raised for charity.

* Fish for 5 + 5k Qualifiers, Water Meadows Moat Lake, Chapel St. Leonards, Lincolnshire. Sat. 32. Colin Spencer (Bait-Tech) 122-2-0, carp to 6 lb, barbel to 4 lb, poled pellet, peg 40; Ade Freeman (Leicester) 117-13-0; Lloyd Lakin (Saltfleetby) 101-9-0; Ken Haywood (Water Meadows) 91-12-0; John Forster (Kiveton Hall) 74-12-0. Qualifiers: Freeman, Lakin, Mark Griggs (Boston), Bob Smith (Wainfleet). Sun, 32. John Forster (Kiveton Hall) 136-4-0, carp to 7 lb, barbel to 4 lb, poled caster shallow, peg 42; Luke Morley (Bait-Tech) 134-1-0; Pete Bell (Water Meadows) 133-14-0; Darren Smith (Water Meadows) 113-6-0; Lloyd Lakin (Saltfleetby) 110-6-0. Qualifiers: Forster, Paul Larthwell (Wainfleet), Adrian West (Water Meadows), Pete Gleaden (Water Meadows).

* Nisa Feeders, River Yare, Beauchamp Arms near Norwich. Sat, 51. Glen Carter (Nisa Waveney) 52-14-0, bream & skimmers, crumb feeder, worm & maggot, peg 143 Langley; John Platten (Nisa Waveney) 42-4-0; Mick Mirgaux (Deben) 28-2-0; Brian Gooch (Daiwa Angling Direct) 27-4-0; Steve Clarke (Maver Image) 26-8-0. League to date: John Platten 113-6-0; Wayne Anderson (Daiwa Angling Direct) & Mal Runacres (Deben) both 98-0-0.

* Norwich & District Summer League, River Thurne, Norfolk. Sun, 36. Ian Bailey (Nordik Dukes) 39-4-0, skimmers plus two 4 lb bream and a 4 lb tench, groundbait feeder, worm and maggot, pegged at Womack; Glen Hubbard (Daiwa Angling Direct Black) & Chris Kelly (Sonubaits) both 29-0-0; Mike Brown (Wymondham) 22-12-0; Dennis Hammond (Kevin’s) 21-10-0; James Parnell (P W Angling ) 19-11-0. Teams: Daiwa Angling Direct Black 32; P W Angling 30; Wymondham 24. Final League: Daiwa Angling Direct Black 48 (won all four rounds); PW Angling 42; Daiwa Angling Direct Gold 36; Wymondham 35.


Results of smaller matches and midweekers

Aldercar Lane Fishery, Langley Mill, Nottinghamshire. Tues, 6, Juniors, Folly Pool. Billy Peacock (Aldercar Lane) 37-2-0, carp and silvers, poled maggot and pellet; Dan Richford (Aldercar Lane) 19-10-0. Wed, 14, Veterans, Acorn Pool. Tony Bevan (Stanton) 56-12-0, carp and silvers, poled pellet, peg 37; Eric Nelson (Aldercar Lane) 55-14-0; Alan Gilbourne (Mansfield Piscatorial AS) 45-0-0; John Pillmore (Aldercar Lane) 39-13-0. Tues, 6, Juniors, Snipe Lake. Bradley Wilson (Mill Tackle) 26-0-0, carp and silvers, poled corn and pellet, peg 30; Matthew Durose (Aldercar Lane) 12-1-0. Wed, 20, Veterans, Acorn Pool. Eric Nelson (Aldercar Lane) 61-3-0, carp and silvers, poled pellet, peg 8; Tony Bevan (Stanton) 49-8-0; Phil Hode (Aldercar Lane) 32-14-0; Mick Husby (Aldercar Lane) 28-15-0.

Chestnut Pool, Langford, Beds. Sun, 16. Rob Heath (Chestnut Pool) 61-12-0, skimmers to 2 lb and three small carp, poled corn, peg 19; Dave Henegan (Chestnut Pool) 60-3-0; Stuart Roper (Sensas) 50-15-0; Andy Gale (Poplett’s MG) 50-11-0.

Cross Drove, Hockwold, Norfolk. Wed, 19. Bruno Norman (Kev’s Tackle) 108-15-0, carp to 15 lb, F1s to 6 lb, cat meat & corn, 13m, peg 5; Rodney Finch (Deben) 104-8-0; Tony Guy (Venue Expert) 64-4-0; Glen Burden (Cross Drove) 62-11-0. Sat, 21. Vince Cross (Nash Baits F1s Frenzy) 114-1-0, carp to 18 lb, F1s to 6 lb, corn & meat, 14.5m, peg 61; Dave Pearce jnr (Wisbech) 112-1-0; Stewart Bracey (Shimano Dynamite Baits) 94-0-0; Neil Parkinson (Dynamite Middy) 90-4-0. Sun, 25. Mark Pollard (Shimano Sanjays) 123-5-0, carp to 12 lb, F1s to 6 lb, pellet, 14.5m, peg 6; Chris Vandervleit (Bowlers Bait-Tech) 104-8-0; Bruno Norman (Kev’s Tackle) 81-4-0; Simon Wheeler (Daiwa Dynamite) 74-13-0; Ray King (Barford Tackle) 74-0-0; Neil Parkinson (Dynamite Middy) 73-10-0.

Decoy Lakes, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, Tues, 13, Beastie Lake. Simon Foster (Sheffield) 192-9-0, carp to 5 lb, poled meat, peg 22; Nigel Baxter (Bag’em) 181-8-0; Tom Neale (Oakham) 177-0-0; Roy Wells (Decoy) 168-14-0. Sat, 15, Willows Pool. Martin Freeman (Marukyu) 198-15-0, 150 lbs of carp to 6 lb to feeder, rest to poled corn or pellet, peg 35; Ian Chesney (Marukyu) 188-14-0; Steve Freeman (Marukyu) 179-8-0; Simon Godfrey (Decoy) 170-4-0.

Foston Lakes, Foston, Lincolnshire. Sat, 17. Ian Palfreeman (Phil’s Bait and Tackle) 367-4-0, 79 carp, poled dog biscuit, Ash peg 4, new venue record; Tim Booker (Mansfield) 205-8-0; Peter Taylor (Nottingham) 153-4-0; Terry Marshall (Dynamite Baits) 136-12-0; Graham Eden (Mansfield) 136-4-0. Wed, 11. Terry Crouch (Newark) 167-0-0, carp to 14 lb, floating bread flake, Hawrhorn 3; Bob Brown ( Newark ) 148-0-0; Graham Eden ( Mansfield ) 115-12-0; Tim Booker ( Mansfield ) 97-8-0.

Head Fen, near Ely, Cambs. Sat, 10. Carl Gifford (Suffolk’s Finest) 168-4-0, maggot in margins, Snake lake peg 4; Richard Bond (Bury St Edmunds) 149-4-0; Dave Rodwell (Shipshape Tackle) 142-8-0; Bob Coulson (Suffolks Finest) 132-8-0.
Lakeview Fishery, Holwell, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Sat, 12, Veterans, Canal. Bob Stevens (Lakeview Select) 106-4-0, carp and silvers, poled pellet, peg 2; Pete Sisson (Lakeview Select) 86-8-0; John Cook (Lakeview Select) 85-0-0; Drapesie (Lakeview Select) 78-0-0. Sun, 29, Canal, Marina and Stream lakes. Steve Draper (Lakeview Select) 129-12-0, carp and silvers, poled pellet, Canal 9; Shaun Huggins (Dynamite Baits) 121-15-0; Steve Haywood (Middy) 116-2-0; Bronson Arme (Lakeview Select) 114-13-0; Keith Daws (Lakeview Select) 109-5-0; Ken Daws (Sensas) 102-5-0.


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Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans, Quiet Sports Topcroft Lake, Suffolk. Tues, 20. Joe Beckham (Beccles) 59-14-0; Neil Gibbens (Lowestoft) 45-6-0; Mick Mirgaux (Deben) 45-6-0. Thurs, 10, Aldeby Hall Fisheries, Norfolk. Joe Beckham (Beccles) 49-9-0; Joe Hammond (Great Yarmouth) 36-8-0; Colin Davey (Lowestoft) 25-13-0.

Railway Lake, near Norwich. Sat, 18. Dave Reeve (Angling Direct Suffolk) 71-13-0, feeder to far bank, banded pellet, peg 5; Martin Jermyn (Barford Tackle) 67-4-0; Simon Elliot (Harleston) 64-7-0; Graham Webster (Norwich) 57-0-0; Ben Smith (Stalham) 54-5-0.

Sherwood Forest, Erwinstowe, Nottinghamshire. Sun, 22, Holmedale Lake. Martyn Brown (Eastwood Angling Centre) 157-3-0, 29 carp, poled paste, peg 26; Ben Holmes (Matrix Trentmen) 135-14-0; Andy Topham (James Maude Linden AC) 131-0-0; Nigel Shipman (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 128-7-0. Wed, 26, Summer Fun League, Holmedale Lake. Simon Skelton (Middy) 226-0-0, 53 carp, poled banded pellet and paste, peg 28; Andy Lakey (Worksop Angling Supplies) 178-12-0; Martyn Brown (Eastwood Angling Centre) 168-7-0; Kevin Chaplin (Sherwood Forest Fishery) 144-10-0; Lee Parker (Phil’s Bait & Tackle) 141-6-0; Daz Staley (Subfish Tackle) 136-11-0.

Stoppos Lake, Lullington, Derbyshire, Tues, 12. John Harper (Burton Lads) 52-12-0, carp and bream, poled maggot; Patrick Weeks (Stoppos) 18-6-0; John Stevens (Stoppos) 17-8-0. Sat, 15. John Harper (Burton Lads) 21-8-0, carp, legered maggot; Dave Kinson (Stoppos) 16-0-0; Patrick Weeks (Stoppos) 14-12-0; Mick Harvey (Burton) 12-0-0.

Townsend Lakes , Upwell, Cambridgeshire. Sat, 12, Kingfisher Lake. Colin Begbie (Townsend Lakes) 75-11-0, carp and skimmers, poled worm, peg 15; Ricky Young (Townsend Lakes) 54-6-0; Harry Morgan (Townsend Lakes) 52-4-0.

Westwood Lakes, Wyberton, Lincolnshire. Sun, 22, £1000 qualifier, Kestrel Lake. Sean Higginbottom (Maver Bait-Tech) 92-4-0, ten carp to 8 lb plus ide, poled caster and worm, peg 9; Gavin Butler (Maver Bait-Tech) 89-12-0; Rob Morris (Lincoln Whisby) 84-10-0; Alistair Ogilvie (Maver Bait-Tech) 79-6-0. Thurs, 37, Over-50s, Skylark Lake. Paul Harsley (Dave’s Peg) 131-12-0, carp to 6 lb, poled 8 mm pellet, peg 33; Spike Milligan (Garbolino Lincs County) 89-2-0; Ken Clarke (Westwood Lakes) 83-6-0; Steve Gregory (Middy/Miracle Baits) 75-6-0; Brian Harding (Maver Bait-Tech) 72-8-0. Tues, 30, £1000 qualifier, Skylark Lake. Marc Rodgers (Middy/Bag’em) 114-2-0, carp, barbel and tench, poled meat, peg 18; Graham Young (Westwood Lakes) 104-6-0; Paul Harsley (Dave’s Peg) 87-14-0; Chris Newbold (Westwood Lakes) 76-4-0. Wed, 12, Angels Taxis Juniors, Skylark Lake. 8-12s: Josh Newman (Westwood Lakes) 37-13-0, carp, poled pellet; Terri Jade Simpson (Westwood Lakes) 33-8-0; Joe Cridland (Westwood Lakes) 30-2-0. 13–16s: Adam Swain (Westwood Lakes) 70-6-0, carp, poled pellet; Tom Edwards (Westwood Lakes) 51-2-0; David Cuzen (Westwood Lakes) 38-8-0.

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