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*Heronbrook Winter League, Slindon, near Eccleshall, Staffordshire. Sun. Round Two. 110. Jez Goldthorpe (Crewe Match Anglers) 84-6-0, carp to 8 lb, pole and pellet, Meadow Pool 10; Jamie Hughes (Maver/Bag’em Baits) 80-0-0; Jamie Howson (Maver/Bag’em Baits) 67-9-0; Dave Walker (Heronbrook) 60-0-0; Phil Henry (Yew Tree Fishery) 55-10-0; Paul Coyle (Wigan Angling Centre) 54-12-0.

*North Wales Winter League, Round One, Hampton Springs, Cheshire. D. Barlow (Drennan North West) 193-15-0; Lewis Breeze (Drennan North West) 125-2-0; S. Boyd (Saints) 101-0-0; C. Lewis (Tackle Locker) 95-11-0; A. Spencer (Tackle Locker) 90-9-0; P. Richmond (Ted Carter) 62-7-0. Teams: Drennan North West 1; Ted Carter 2; Tackle Locker 3; Connah’s Quay Match 4; Saints 5; Rod and Reel 6; Connah’s Quay D 7; Connah’s Quay C 8.

*Partridge Lakes. Cheshire. Sun. Covey Canal. 57. Dave Pimblott (Garbolino Elton) 72-14-0, carp, ide and F1s, 11m pole, red maggot (£125 pools), peg 54; Adam Rooney (Shimano Guru) 68-12-0; Colin Scott (Garbolino Elton) 66-13-0; Simon Beswick (North West Worms) 60-11-0; Steve Burgess (Garbolino Elton) 55-8-0; Stuart Taylor (Tackle Saver) 54-11-0.

*St Helens AA. Carr Mill Dam. Merseyside. Sun. 67. Mark Tallon (Swinton) 16-4-0, bream and skimmers, crumb feeder, red maggot, peg 32 (£295 pools); Shaun Fletcher (Leigh Tackle & Bait) 14-9-0; Steve Lacey (St Helens) 14-8-0; Bill Lacey (St Helens) 12-3-0; Steve Halliwell (Warrington) 12-0-0; Paul Swift (Bolton Angling Centre) 11-4-0.

*Wirral Winter League, Round Three, Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Maghull, Liverpool. Sun. 54. Ross Wightman (Exiles) 4-7-0, all-roach, punched bread, Eager Lane; Paul Dobing (Browning Lifestyle Red) 3-15-4; Ian Courtney (Birkenhead) 3-6-4; Davey Ellis (Frank’s) 3-5-4; Frank Belfield (Frank’s) 3-1-6; Frank Holding (Team Eclipse) 3-1-4. Teams: Frank’s 43; Exiles 36; Dockers 31; Team Eclipse 30; Browning Lifestyle Red 29; Willaston 28. League: Frank’s 111; Exiles 105; Browning Lifestyle Red 104; Browning Lifestyle Blue 101; Team Eclipse 96; Birkenhead 80.


Bannister House, Merseyside. Sun. Match Canal. 27. Martin Kay (Elton Tackle) 71-0-0, carp, chub and bream, 4 m pole, soft pellet, peg 21; Neil Charnock (Bannister House) 67-5-0; Dave Connell (Ted Carter’s Southport) 52-10-0; Dave Leaming (Southport) 49-8-0.

Blundell’s, Cheshire. Wed. Roving match. 21. Jamie Hughes (Maver/Bag’em Baits) 96-12-0, carp to 5 lb, 11 m pole to shallow bank, soft pellet, peg 12 Pine; Andy Butler (Mosella) 68-13-0; Connor Barlow (Mosella Garbolino) 62-14-0; Mike Billingham (Hazelgrove Angling Centre) 61-0-0. Sat. Barry Bush (North West Worms) 110-14-0, carp to 2 lb and small ide, 4 m pole, red maggot, peg 27; Stuart Carroll (Leigh Tackle & Bait) 78-11-0; Mike Billingham (Hazelgrove Angling Centre) 75-7-0; Carl Cantello (Gilder’s Tackle) 65-3-0. Sun. 34. Alan Clancy (Leigh Tackle & Bait) 96-7-0, F1s, mirror and common carp, 13m pole, sweetcorn, peg West 25; John McFarland (Rochdale Angling Centre) 79-1-0; Darren Blydon (Simpson’s Tackle) 46-3-0; John Kerwin (Fisherman’s Way Bury) 45-10-0.

Bradshaw Hall. Lancashire. Sat. Lake Two. 22. Steve Hall (Midleton) 33-0-0, roach and skimmer bream, 12 m pole, worm and pellet, peg 2; Lee Addy (Drennan NW) 28-0-0; Mike Booth (Tri-Cast Highfield) 23-8-0; Gary Whalley (Bait-Tech) 23-0-0. Sun. Lake Three. 21. Steve Hall (Middleton) 14-4-0, skimmers and roach, 12 m pole, worm and pellet, peg 3; Geoff Terry (Little Lever) 13-0-0; Jack Rogers (Bolton) 12-8-0; Paul Cunnliffe (Guilder’s Tackle) 12-4-0.

Brookside, Cheshire. Sat. Snake Pit. 33. Nick Butterworth (Cheshire Angling) 62-0-0, carp to 1 lb, 14 m pole, red and white maggot, peg 15; Paul Jones (Bait-Tech) 54-0-0; Andy Grimes (Mosella) 48-8-0; Mike Smith (Stalybridge) 48-0-0. Sun. 34. Dean Edwards (Rochdale Anglers) 64-4-0, F1s with some ide, 11 m pole, red maggot, peg 49; Mark Benson (Widnes Angling Centre) 56-14-0; Nick Butterworth (Cheshire Angling) 55-12-0; John Battersby (Garbolino Elton) 55-2-0.

Hall Lane, Merseyside. Sun. Merlin Lake. 16. Alan Miller (Mersey Dockers) and Steve Short (Tri-Cast Highfield) 25-0-0; Derek Langton (Ted Carter’s Preston) 24-4-0.

Hampton Springs, Cheshire. Sat. Meadows and Long Island. 33. Kevin Lavelle (Maver) 81-10-0, carp to 14 lb, Method feeder with pellet and maggot, peg 8 Rock; Mick Potter (Leigh Tackle & Bait) 73-1-0; Steve Boyd (Saints) 71-10-0; Kevin Williams (Weston Tackle) 50-10-0.

Henshall Insurance, Hanchurch Fisheries, Hanchurch, Stoke-on-Trent. Sat. Model Canal. 24. Chris Parker (Pickering’s of Burslem) 73-8-0, carp, pole and pellet, peg 54; Paul Gibson (Trentside Angling Centre) 50-8-0; John Rowley (J&D Windows) 47-6-0; Danny Lowndes (Hanchurch Silver) and Gary Jones (LFC) both 46-8-0; Mark Davey (The Terrace AC) 45-8-0.

High Heyes Farm, Lancashire. Sat. Roving Match. 16. Brian Pound (Mack’s Tackle) 59-8-0, carp, 8 mm pellet, pellet waggler, peg 32 Lake Three; Ernie Pilkington (Ted Carter’s Preston) 43-4-0; Paul Bottomley (Coppull Angling Centre) 36-8-0; Andy Davies (Tri-Cast Highfield) 25-14-0.

Highfield. Lancashire. Wed OAPs, Oak Lake. 21. Pete Smith (Blackpool Transport) 49-0-0, carp to 6 lb, Method feeder, corn and pellet, peg 40; Keith Judson (Ted Carter’s Preston) 39-10-0; Ernie Pilkington (Ted Carter’s Preston) 34-10-0; Ron Brown (Highfield) 34-8-0. Thu. 16. Gary Gunn (Ted Carter’s Preston) 88-8-0, carp 6 lb and ide 2 lb, 12 m pole, dead maggots, peg 34; Mike Reed (Garbolino Elton) 72-12-0; Neil Cottham (St Anthony’s) 70-8-0; Alan Hargreaves (Ted Carter’s Preston) 42-12-0. Fri. OAPs, Beech Lake. 22. Pete Smith (Blackpool Transport) 42-10-0, carp to 4 lb, 8 m pole, red maggot, peg 9; Ken Anderton (Highfield Fishery) 42-4-0; Ben Martin (Atherton) 39-10-0; David Day (Blackpool Transport) 35-6-0.

Lingmere, Cheshire. Thu. Match Lake. 17. Steve Openshaw (Fisherman’s Tackle Birkenhead) 67-8-0, F1s, 13 m pole shallow, red maggot, peg 11; Ray Cossins (Rod n’ Reel) 64-14-0; Alan Dewhurst (Fisherman’s Tackle Birkenhead) 62-2-0; Phil Henry 61-2-0. Sat. 19. Steve Openshaw (Fisherman’s Tackle Birkenhead) 84-2-0, carp, barbel and F1s, 13 m pole, red maggot, peg 31; Dave Lynch (Tranmere) 68-12-0; Carl Fletcher (Chester Tackle Locker) 58-2-0; Alan Dewhurst (Fisherman’s Tackle Birkenhead) 58-1-0.

Liverpool & DAA, Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Maghull, Merseyside. Sun. 17. Gareth Charnock (Mersey Dockers) 3-10-0, roach, 8 m and 12 m pole, punch bread and hemp, peg 442; Peter Gradwell (Liverpool AS) 2-11-0; Ray Pagan (Maghull CA) 2-0-0; Steve Maddock (Maghull Community Centre) 1-12-0.

Meadow View, Cheshire. Tue. OAPs, Lark Pool. 18. Peter Robinson (Altrincham) 46-10-0, carp to 6 lb, groundbait feeder at 15 m, soft pellet, peg 6; Roy Morgan (Gosjak) 32-8-0; Jim McNab (Cosjack) 29-0-0; Geoff Spencer (Altrincham) 25-8-0. Wed. 16. Phil Chung (Tameside Fox) 47-11-0, carp to 4 lb, 10 m pole, maggot and pellet, peg 2; Thu. OAPs, Linnet Pool. 16. Richard Rawsthorne (Oldham Owls) 36-2-0, small carp, 8 m pole, soft pellet, peg 22; Mike Bell (Lionel’s Tackle) 23-0-0; Fred Bowman (Woodhouse Park) 16-0-0; Roger Peet (Oldham Owls) 14-12-0.

Mill House, Merseyside. Wed. Mescar Lake. 18. Alex Bentley (Ray’s Tackle Liverpool) 63-10-0, carp to 5 lb, 6 m pole, soft pellet, peg 48; Frank Simpson (Southport) 48-12-0; Simon Waller (Liverpool AS) 34-2-0; Ian Allinson (Burscough) 33-0-0. Sat. Mistral Lake. 18. Gerry O’Hara (Broadgreen) 38-2-0, carp to 3 lb, 4 m pole, 6 mm pellet, peg 18; Mick Woolvine (Ted Carter’s Southport) 28-0-0; Stan Phillips (Mersey Dockers) 24-4-0; Lee Gibbon (Ray’s Tackle Liverpool) 23-4-0.

Northwich & DAA. River Weaver at Hartford, Cheshire. Sat. 20. Kevin Simpson (Vale Royal Angling) 10-11-0, skimmers and roach, spring tip and feeder, maggot, peg 40; Robbie Meggs (Carp & Match) 7-2-0; Keith Smith (Royton) 6-2-0;

Mal Liptrot (Bolton) 6-1-0.

Partridge Lakes, Cheshire. Mon. OAPs, Covey Canal. 31. Alan Worral (Orrell) 77-7-0, ide and small carp, 7 m pole, maggot shallow, peg 75; Keith Blakelely (Leigh Tackle & Bait) 76-11-0; John Sharp (Runcorn) 61-11-0; John Mort (Ashton Angling Centre) 49-3-0. Tue. 16. Mike Reed (Garbolino Elton) 105-8-0, F1s and carp to 3 lb, 3 m pole, soft pellet, peg 20; Dave Machin (Stalybridge Angling Supplies) 72-4-0; Andy Bennett (Fox/Bag’em Baits) 69-7-0; Alan Sharman (Garbolino Elton) 65-5-0. Wed. OAPs. 36. Dave Olly (Olly Motors) 51-2-0, F1s, common and mirror carp, sweetcorn, peg 57; John Smith (Bolton Anglers) 46-4-0; Tony Yates (Warrington) 42-2-0; Terry Waterworth (Leigh Tackle & Bait) 40-6-0. Thu. 21. Pete Humphries (Ashton Angling Supplies) 107-9-0, ide and small carp, 8 m pole, maggot, peg 100; Colin Scott (Garbolino Elton) 94-7-0; Alan Sharman (Garbolino Elton) 80-2-0; Ken Clarke (Leigh Tackle & Bait) 74-6-0. Sat. 39. Andy Middleton (Gratton AC) 72-2-0, carp, ide and F1s, 11 m and 13 m pole, soft pellet, peg 100; Alan Menzies (Garbolino Elton) 67-14-0; Dave Pimlott (Garbolino Elton) 65-3-0; Conrad Taylor (Guilder’s Tackle) 53-9-0.

Rosemary Wood, Lancashire. Sun. Moss Lake. 21. Shaun Walker (Ted Carter’s Preston) 64-12-0, carp to 4 lb, 14 m pole, soft pellet, peg 7; Dave Cheetham (Ted Carter’s Preston) 52-1-0; Paul Haines (Kirkby) 52-0-0; Phil Dewhurst (Ted Carter’s Preston) 47-6-0.

St Helens AA, Carr Mill Dam, Merseyside. Mon. 27. John Priors (Bolton) 30-6-0, skimmers and bream, bread feeder, worm, peg 160; John Rimmer (St Helens) 25-11-0; Dave Rigby (St Helens) 25-7-0; Kevin Hall (St Helens) 21-0-0.

Stapeley Cudmore, Whitmore, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Sun. Pool Five. 20. Kevin Dennis (Ultimate Pellet) 41-2-0, carp to 3 lb with a few skimmers, pole and sweetcorn, peg 13; Steve Boyd (Prescott Angling Centre) 37-2-0; John Kearns (Stapeley Cudmore) 32-6-0; Paul Haynes (Ultimate Pellet) 27-10-0; Carl Lane (Prescott Angling Centre) 23-8-0; A. Rogers (Stapeley Cudmore) 22-10-0. Sat. Suez Canal and Pool One. 35. Anthony King (Protak Barlows) 96-8-0, carp to 6 lb, a few bream, Method feeder and dead red maggot, Pool One peg 8; Anthony Furnival (Ted Carter, Southport) 91-6-0; Craig Willett (Stapeley Cudmore) 79-0-0; Pete Bowyer (Protak Barlows) 67-12-0; William Heywood (Garbolino Elton) 61-0-0; Andy North (Garbolino Elton) 52-12-0.

Stoke City DAS, Shropshire Union Canal, Gnosall, Stafford. Sat. 24. Steve Faux (Team Eclipse) 5-7-11, gudgeon and a few roach, pole, squatt and pinkie, peg 189; Dean Williams (Team Eclipse) 4-10-8; Dave Hughes (Maver Tipton Van den Eynde) 4-7-8; Nigel Clayton (Penkridge) 4-6-4; Paul Murrin (Browning Lifestyle) 4-4-11; Derek Jackson (Dams and Lock) 4-2-8.