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Match Scene Summary by Allan Bayman

Last year was a record year for our home waters with match records at both Frogmore match lake and Riverside Road being blown out of the water and overall there has been a marked improvement on sport at both venues with good backing weights showing at most matches and from a wide range of pegs.

We have gone to some lengths to book venues that we hope offer what people are asking us for with a range of venues not just commercial carp fisheries. We had hoped to have a canal and maybe another river fixture but the challenges of parking, mediocre sport and other considerations means currently Felmersham is our lone moving water fixture. Our fixtures should offer good, even sport so hopefully skill will play the biggest part in the results not the luck of the draw !

The spring warm-up matches have been generally very good. How End showed itself to be an exceptional venue even if the cool weather slowed things down a touch but as it warmed up so did the sport with 20lb just about getting you into the Top 10 at Riverside in our last warm-up match.

So the season starts again with the championship matches on Sundays and our six-match evening league series. Please see the link at the top of the page for the full fixture list.

We look forward to seeing plenty of our members taking part in these matches and as always if you have any questions please drop me a mail at matches@verulam-angling.co.uk. We also run a mailing list sending out the results and taking bookings for the next match so let me know if you want adding to this.

LATEST :  Riverside bonanza  - The 5-hour match record at Riverside was threatened by Steve Burfoot who had 54.05 from rarely used peg 34. Mostly carp to 11lb. Over 550lb was weighed in and the average was over 20lb.

Smallford woes

As the weather turns Autumnal the fishing does get harder and after the bonanza at Riverside on September 10 the results dropped off with just 24lb enough to win on September 12 (mid-week knock-up). This was to Simon Jee who had to scale right down on peg 27 to get any bites and was lucky to land two large carp in his otherwise mixed bag.

There's certainly been a pattern of sorts with some well stocked waters fishing very hard one day and prolific the next. On our mid-week match at Timberland (05/09) most struggled for a bite for much of the day, the match being dominated by the two pegs with tree cover.

It will be interesting to see how Frogmore fishes (reopened September 15) and we hope to have some mid-week matches there as we run up to Winter.

Pictured left is Steve Burfoot with some of his winning Riverside match catch.

Next matches:  Soon it will be November and we have our annual visit to Felmersham. This is scheduled for the 12th and, if the weather is kind and there's some colour we might just have a great day on the silvers. One thing's certain, no carp will be caught! Put it in your diary and dust off those stick floats. Due to CEFAS advice about no nets we are shifting the Frogmore match scheduled for the 26th - venue tbc but hopefully somewhere reasonably local. Finally for this year is the Christmas match at Riverside which is likely to be very popular. That's on December 10th.

Please see our season fixture list - top of page.
Week-day matches:

Due to temporary closure of Frogmore we had to move some of our fixtures to commercials alternating with Riverside on the following dates: -  Oct. 10th & 24th, Nov. 7th & 21st and Dec. 5th & 19th. We are awaiting agreement to fish Frogmore on the alternate weeks now it has reopened. The clubs is purchasing nets to further minimise the risk of transferring water-borne contagions.


Draws are at 8:30 and fishing 10 to 3 although this may be tweaked slightly on the day.

Pools are optional and are just 5. Steve Burfoot will be running these matches so if you want to book on please contact him here or telephone 07505 109880.  

Note that at Riverside matches will be pegged using 14 -30 which will be reserved for match use.  

If you want to take part in any of the matches, championship, evening or midweek please email matches@verulam-angling.co.uk and we will add you to our mailing list which will keep you up to date on all of the fixtures and the booking on process.

Congrats to match novice Andy Zneimer for winning the popular Evening League. His 1st place at Frogmore on  20th July  gave him an excellent 380 points to Stan Kiddle to 2nd despite coming 2nd on the night.

Read Allan Bayman's punch-by-punch review of this Summer's evening league - here

A reminder that, due to demand, booking for ALL MATCHES is vital. This must be via email or text, don't just mention it whilst weighing in two months earlier and expect us to remember. And, if you fail to turn up, you will be liable for the peg fee. 

 For more information regarding VAC matches contact Allan Bayman : 07768 901252  or Stan Kiddle on 07860 807516

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Season 2017-18 Results

Season 2017-18 ChampionshipEvening League points * Champ of Champs *  Weekday League

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Event Winner


22 Oct 2017 Slough House Championship #10  Rich McCorry 31.00
10 Oct 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Alan Thomas 40.00
08 Oct 2017 Entire Farm Championship #9 Alan Thomas 471.03
03 Oct 2017 How End mid-week knock-up Allan Bayman 103.12
24 Sep 2017 Newlands Hall Championship #8 Stan Kiddle 78.15
19 Sep 2017 Greensands mid-week knock-up Alan Thomas 54.04
12 Sep 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Simon Jee 25.04
10 Sep 2017 Riverside Championship #7 Steve Burfoot 54.05
05 Sep 2017 Timberland (Baggers) mid-week knock-up Simon Jee 26.12
29 Aug 2017 Wold Farm mid-week knock-up Alan Thomas 90.00
22 Aug 2017 How End mid-week knock-up Allan Bayman 53.13
20 Aug 2017 Alders Farm Championship #6 Connor McGrath 192.15
15 Aug 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Roger Brown 35.15
13 Aug 2017 GUC Bullbeggers knock-up Cliff Myers 4.08
08 Aug 2017 Greensands mid-week knock-up Stan Kiddle 59.15
06 Aug 2017 Newlands hall Championship #5 Neil Anderson  84.07
01 Aug 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Stan Kiddle 41.06
27 July 2017 Smallford mid-week knock-up Rich McCorry 15.15
25 July 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Stan Kiddle 52.07
23 July 2017 Frogmore Championship #4 Steve Burfoot 29.09
20 July 2017 Frogmore Evening League #6 Andy Zneimer 26.10
18 July 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Stan Kiddle 60.05
13 July 2017 Riverside Evening League #5 Chris Smith 37.12
11 July 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Allan Bayman 61.08
09 July 2017 Redbridge Championship #3 Ash Adams 15.10
06 July 2017 Frogmore Evening League #4 Steve Burfoot 40.06
04 July 2017 Riverside mid-week knock-up Barrie Cowley 41.14
29 June 2017 Riverside Evening League #3 Stan Kiddle 39.07
27 June 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Roger Brown 45.02
25 June 2017 Tyler - Horseshoe Championship #2 Allan Bayman 184.11
22 June 2017 Frogmore Evening League #2 Barrie Cowley  34.04
20 June 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Barrie Cowley 66.06
15 June 2017 Riverside Evening League #1 Andy Zneimer 46.12
13 June 2017 Frogmore mid-week knock-up Steve Burfoot 42.12
11 June 2017 Riverside Championship #1 Colin Rennison  39.15

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