Post Match Report
This is another water with good early season form, so hopefully we could be in for an exciting contest. Dave Bellew and Steve Lovell (peg 5) were first on the scoresheet with a 24lb+ mirror, which they soon followed up with a 29lber to give them an excellent start. Sandwiched inbetween those fish was a stunning scaley mirror of over 32lb for Karl Palmer to put him and partner Callum Gutteridge in the running. A few other pairs started to register fish on Friday but it was Saturday when the match came to life.
After catching a couple on Friday, peg 11 Luke Ratcliffe and Dale Shields banked a 19lb 15oz fish and three 20lb+ between dawn and lunchtime, they were now right in the mix. During a similar period peg 5 added another 8 fish to their tally with a good average of 21lb+. At 10am Saturday Lee Bruce and Nathan Crowder were blanking, which seemed strange considering they were first out in the draw. By night fall seven fish had crossed their net cords to put them in a qualifying spot, what a great day they had. Luke and Dale didn’t manage to catch again, nor did Dave and Steve but they had put over 200lb on the scales and looked likely to qualify anyway. Now other pegs were starting to catch a few and the competition was hotting up somewhat.
Meanwhile out of the way in peg 1, Chris Purssey and Richard Shenton were quietly going about their business and slowly creeping up the leader board. With one fish on Friday, five on Saturday including three in a little evening frantic spell of only 10 minutes. This put them in touching distance of the leaders. Sunday morning saw them add three more to their tally to take runners up spot. Their last fish came only 2 minutes before the finish.
Lee and Nathan had four takes on Sunday morning, three of which resulted in lost fish. This did nothing for the state of their nerves. The 16lber they did land proved enough to secure third place. However, there were four other pairs all chasing the last qualifying spot with not a lot to chose between them. This made it a very exciting finish for any neutrals watching.
61 fish came out during the event for a total weight of 1,202lb giving an average of almost 20lb. Another great match and a quality venue for this early in the year.
Adam Wyld – Matt Wyld 26lb 12oz
Karl Palmer 32lb 7oz – Callum Gutteridge
Richard Shenton – Chris Purssey 25lb 2oz
Dale Shields 21lb 7oz – Luke Ratcliffe
Dave Bellew 29lb 8oz – Steve Lovell
Jack Meyer 24lb 6oz – Lewis Swift
Jason Adams – Luke Church 27lb 7oz
Josh Bellew – Grant Westlake 22lb 15oz
Lee Bruce – Nathan Crowder 26lb 3oz
Terry Donaldson – Jason Gutteridge 21lb 4oz
L-R 2nd Richard Shenton – Chris Purssey, 1st Steve Lovell – Dave Bellew, 3rd Lee Bruce – Nathan Crowder