ANGLING: Neate leads way at Leech Pool

THE Wilts Angling Open match went ahead on Sunday at Leech Pool despite the snow with five anglers weighing in at the end.

Top spot went to Pete Neate, from Holt, with a carp catch weighing 23 lb 8 oz.

Tony Gilbert, from Melksham, took runner up spot with a skimmers catch weighing 13 lb 12 oz.

Rob Kepner, from Melksham, was third with another skimmer catch weighing 10 lb 12 oz.

Other placings: 4. Richard Brimble Westbury & Nathaniel Johnson Melksham 8 lb 0 oz each.

DESPITE the cold weather, competitors enjoyed excellent fishing in Sunday’s Chippenham match on the Bristol Avon.

Alex Hyde, from Chippenham, carried off top prize with 17 lb 11 oz of chub and roach, followed by Kevin Rowles, from Devizes, with 11 lb 5 oz of dace. Gary Etheridge, from Devizes, was third with 8 lb 14 oz of chub and roach.

Other placings: 4. Mark Wooldridge Chippenham 8 lb 10 oz; 5. Dave Johnson Calne 7 lb 13 oz; 6. Steve Simkins Calne 7 lb 12 oz.

ALTHOUGH they finished as runners up on the day Preston Innovation Thatchers clinched the title in the final match in the Commercial House League fished on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Limpley Stoke.

Individual honours on the day went to Nick Chedzoy, of Preston Innovation Thatchers A, with 16 lb 10 oz of skimmers, perch and eels.

Other placings: 2. Gary O’Shea Preston Innovation Thatchers A 8 lb 13 oz; 3. Martin Rayett BTM Services 8 lb 1 oz; 4. Gary Hunt Bathampton Invincible 7 lb 2 oz; 5. Darren Gilman Bathampton Elite 7 lb 1 oz; 6. Sean Townsend Bathampton Invincible 6 lb 15 oz.

Team: A Division: 1. Bathampton Elite 23; 2. Preston Innovation Thatchers A 22; 3. Preston Innovation Thatchers B 17; 4. Bathampton Invincible 14.5; 5. BTM Services 13. B Division: 1. Premier Angling Chippenham Gold 26; 2. Sensas Wilts Angling Blue and Sensas Wilts Angling Red 20; 4. M & N Services, Premier Angling Chippenham Black & D & W Builders 19.

Final Tables – A Division: 1 Preston Innovation Thatchers A 26.5; 2. Bathampton Elite 20.5; 3. Preston Innovation Thatchers B 17.5; 4. BTM Services 16; 5. Bathampton Invincible 9.

B Division: 1. M & N Services 26; 2. Sensas Wilts Angling Blue 22.5; 3. Premier Angling Chippenham Gold 21; 4. Sensas Wilts Angling Red 20.5; 45. Premier Angling Chippenham Black 20; 6. D & W Builders 16.

Individual champion: Nick Chedzoy Preston Innovation Thatchers 54 points. KO: Neil Mercer.

Future events

Sunday Jan 27: Calne v Pewsey match at Hazeland.



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