Maver Image sneak through to the final after a thrilling finish

Browning Hotrods celebrate their East Midlands Winter League success.
Browning Hotrods celebrate their East Midlands Winter League success.
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The final round of the Angling Trust East Midlands Winter League produced an exciting finish on Sunday.

Going into the match on the fenland drains Browning Hotrods were in an unassailable position at the top of the leaderboard but three teams were on contention for runners-up spot and the one remaining place in the final.

Des Dalton won the Deeping St James match.

Des Dalton won the Deeping St James match.

And it couldn’t have been any tighter with three teams topping the match on the same points and a single section win putting one of them into the grand final.

On a difficult wet and cold day when nothing really went to plan on some of the sections, Sensas Mark One, Browning Hotrods and Stanjay Gold put in very respectable scorecards which saw them all on 29 points.

On section countback it was the Sensas Mark One White team that took the honours on the day, with Hotrods second and crucially Stanjay Gold in third place.

That meant Browning Hotrods took the league honours with 11 points and a very comfortable victory it was too.

All eyes were then on who would come second and join them in the final as both Stanjay Gold and Maver Image had a league total of 16 points.

After long deliberation they could only be separated by just one section win throughout the series and Maver Image clambered through to the final.

The points and scores throughout the series will be ratified later this week, but it does look as if Stanjay Gold are going to be desperately unlucky to have missed out.

On the individual front Dan Jones stole the show with a 20lb 7oz net of tench taken from the Benwick section.

Runner-up from Raveley was Andy Leathers with 19lb 8oz, closely followed by Gary Miller on 19lb 6oz.

WEBB’S AC

The Deeping St James Fur & Feather is never any old Christmas match and this year they went the whole hog so to speak.

They had breakfast before the event, then fished a cracking match on the River Glen and then it was back to the pub for drinks and an evening meal.

Spalding rod Des Dalton took first place with a 5lb 7oz net of perch from peg 14.

Runner-up was Ray Torrington, who caught a net of small fish on the pole for 4lb 2oz, then came Nigel Briggs with 4lb 1oz.

JVAC

The Sunday JVAC match fished on the Beastie Pool on the Decoy complex saw some anglers catching well all day while others struggled for bites until the closing stages.

Top rod from peg 17 was Roger Gowler. He started on a small pellet feeder and caught well, but then the bites dried up so he switched to the pole close in and had a good run of small carp to finish with 85lb 13oz.

Not far behind was Nick Carlton. He fished a small feeder and also caught several really big fish on the waggler with sweet corn, for 76lb 10oz.

Third from peg five was Clive Cole with 63lb 7oz.

RESULTS

Tydd Gote AC midweek, North Level Drain: 1 John Taylor 21lb 2oz; 2 Don Green 15lb 7oz ; 3 Alan Lemmon 13lb 4oz.

Tydd Gote AC Sunday, North Level Drain: 1 Paul Bawden 5lb 5oz; 2= Dick Paul & Colin Burton 3lb 14oz.

Haddon Lodge Sunday: 1 Lucio Melillo 10lb 6oz; 2 George Bates 8lb 4oz; 3 Tony Moulds 8lb 8oz.

Whittlesey AA, Queensway: 1 John Taylor 6lb 7oz; 2 Brian Best 3lb 9oz; 3 Andy Bull 2lb 14oz.

Rookery Waters, Magpie Pool, Saturday Open: 1 Nigel Swallow 43lb 10oz; 2 Tony Dawson 39lb 14oz; 3 Vince Easy 27lb 8oz.

Rookery Waters, Magpie Pool, Wednesday Over 60s : 1 Dave Lack 12lb 12oz; 2 Will Hadley 11lb 2oz; 3 Kevin Peacock 10lb.

Decoy, Beastie Lake, Saturday Open: 1 Richard Bond 71lb; 2 John Smalley 54lb 5oz; 3 Simon Godfrey 52lb.