Date †††††† : 20 Aug 2017†††††††††

Venue †††† : Alders Farm

Match †††† : Championship #6

 

Match Write-up: by Allan Bayman

 

Alders Farm has always been popular and with new ownership focussed on improving the fishery and service it was good to see a turn out of 27 for this match which was only 3 less than capacity.

 

The near end of the fishery at the pump house end is well known to dominate matches so those in the lowest and highest numbers on most occasions and having a bit of room helps but with 27 people room was going to be at a premium.

 

After a good breakfast the all important draw. Quickly some of the good low numbered pegs came out like Clive Bailey on 2 , with good past form at Alders and Roger Brown on 3. Ash Adams was moaning about peg 30 , one Iíd have swapped my very tight peg 10 for any day. Stan got the out an out flyer peg 1 , his match to loose maybe ?.

 

At the start Connor immediately started catching initially shallow long then on the deck and whilst a few fish were being caught Connor looked to be right up there. Of course the low numbers were catching well Ash on maggot rather than his beloved casters and Stan on expander. Clive Bailey on 2 was right up there and Roger Brown was too despite plenty of foul hookers

 

Over on peg 10 after having put my nets in I didnít have many options on where to fish but on all lines there was no activity at all.

 

Connor was not absolutely bagging but they were smaller fish and whilst fish were now being caught by most it was a night and day comparison between those at the far end and Connor who had a spare peg to his right.

 

Brian was picking off fish steadily as was Mark Jones but the guys in the low numbers were well ahead. Rich McCorry always a solid performer was making the most of a decent peg and shadowing the early leaders. Kev Laird was catching some decent fish too and Dave McGrath was making the most of a reasonable draw.

 

The second half of the match saw Connor slow down a bit and I started to string together 2 or 3 fish but found I just couldnít get them to settle and everyone was finding they were loosing a lot of fish. At least a 3rd of mine were coming off in the net suggesting they were not feeding confidently.

 

Connor looked to be dominating but Stan and Ash were slugging it out fish for fish and it might need a photo finish for the other guys in the low numbers.

 

Near the end I pushed my nets right over away form the tree and picked up a couple of fish but it was too little too late and Iíd have needed about 1 a minute in the last half hour to make any inroads into Connor who looked to be fishing a different match to most.

 

So no surprise to see Connor take top spot with a solid 192lb 15oz. Ash v Stan ( sounds like a low budget horror movie) saw the maggot triumph over the pellet and Ash a couple of fish ahead with 148lb 11oz to Stanís 141lb 12oz. pegs 2, 5 and 3 were next in that order with 127lb 6oz for Clive, 121lb for Rich and a single fish behind Roger Brown with 120lb 1oz. Dave McGrath and Kev Laird also broke the 100lb mark.

 

Bear in mind in previous matches 200b plus was needed to win and weíve had as many as 20 100lb weights and top as high as 422lb showed it did fish under par despite to obvious huge head of fish.

 

My abysmal performance  of 63lb 9oz was joint 14th with leader Colin Rennsion, drops me down to third in the championship with Stan now looking like the favourite with a match in hand over the leader Colin

 

Next up Riverside Road in 3 weeks time on the 10th of September. Its been in dazzling form so hope this continues..

 

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Connor McGrath

192.15

100

22

 

2

Ash Adams

148.11

95

30

 

3

Stan Kiddle

141.12

90

1

 

4

Clive Bailey

127.06

85

2

 

5

Rich McCorry

121.00

80

5

 

6

Roger Brown

120.01

75

3

 

7

Dave McGrath

109.12

70

22

 

8

Kev laird

108.07

65

29

 

9

Brian Lakin

85.13

60

12

 

10

Mark Jones

84.0

55

21

 

11

Alan Thomas

80.11

50

27

 

12

Dan Patrick

76.09

45

28

 

13

Alan Gardner

72.13

40

20

 

14

Allan Bayman

63.09

35

10

 

14

Colin Rennison

63.09

35

19

 

16

Simon Jee

59.15

25

8

 

17

Kev Hawes

58.13

20

4

 

18

Steve Burfoot

58.11

15

24

 

19

Andy Kaz

56.00

10

9

 

20

Pete Mooney

46.08

5

6

 

21

John McCarthy

41.05

0

7

 

22

Mick Johnson

32.08

0

15

 

23

Martin Boddy

29.01

0

18

 

24

Andy Trigg                     

20.10

0

25

 

25

Chris Smith

16.04

0

14

 

26

John Smith

10.01

0

11

 

27

Barrie Cowley

DNW

0

23

 

fished

27

1984.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show