Angling: Marvellous Maver matchmen make it all look so easy

Mel Saggers won the Deeping St James v Yaxley match.
Mel Saggers won the Deeping St James v Yaxley match.
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Maver Image were in red-hot form in the penultimate round of the East Midland Winter League at the weekend.

It’s taken them a little time to settle into what is a new league for them, but my goodness did they show some class on Sunday on the Whittlesey Dyke, Factory Bank and Raveley Drain.

They finished with seven section winners out of a possible 10 and ended the day on just 16 points, 13 ahead of their nearest rivals Browning Hotrods .

On the individual front once again it was Alistair Ogilvie taking the honours and again from the prolific Factory Bank.

He bagged 24lb 4oz of roach from the end peg to seal his second victory in as many weeks at the venue.

Fishing groundbait and pinkie on a short whip, he took over 300 fish in the five-hour match.

Team-mate Chris Jenkinson came a close second. He had a better stamp of fish, catching on pinkie then hempseed, for 22lb 8oz.

Keeping the local flag flying was Sensas Mark One rod Paul Spriggs, who came third on 21lb 3oz.

Result: 1 A. Ogilvie 24lb 4oz; 2 C. Jenkinson, 22lb 8oz; 3 P. Spriggs, 21lb 3oz; 4 R. Young, 20lb 13oz; 5. S. Welford, 19lb 5oz; 6 R. Wright, 18lb.

Teams on the day: 1 Maver Image, 16 pts; 2 Browning Hotrods, 29; 3 Sensas Mark One White 34; 4 Stanjay Gold, 35; 5 Stanjay Silver, 47; 6 Sensas Mark One Black, 48.

League: 1 Maver Image, 9 pts; 2 Sensas Mark One, 11; 3 Browning Hotrods, 14; 4 Stanjay Gold, 18; 5 Sensas Mark One Black, 25; 6 Stanjay Silver, 28.

The final match of the series is back on Factory Bank along with the prolific Old Nene through Benwick.

Tickets and all the details for this weekend’s practice match are available from Roy Whincup on 01487 822333.


The first round of the challenge match against Yaxley AC was held on Deeping St James AC’s stretch of the River Nene near Wansford.

The river was not in the best condition, in fact for some of those competing it proved to be a day to forget.

The Deeping club made a big mistake by loaning member Mel Saggers to Yaxley to substitute for a man down.

Saggers drew one of the newly constructed pegs at the bottom end on peg 24 and took fish on maggot and worm to weigh in 4lb 5oz for top spot.

Runner-up was Deeping’s Steve Cox with 4lb 1oz and third was new member Bob Browett with 3lb 4 oz of chub.

Total weights to be carried over to the return match are Deeping 11lb 3 oz to the Yaxley total of 9lb 15oz.


Whittlesey AA have been using Bevill’s Leam at the Carrot Wash section for quite a few of their club matches this season and you can see why.

From the favoured end pegs Andy Bull caught two bonus tench on chopped worm along with a small net of roach to win with 8lb 2oz.

On the other end peg Geoff Tuttlebee continued his fine run of form with a net of roach and rudd to finish with 5lb 8oz.

Third place went to Ian Benton with 4lb 13oz.


Another fenland drain in fine form is the Old Nene at Ramsey St Marys, the venue for the Ramsey club’s latest fixture.

Paul Kilby again led the way with 14lb 9oz followed by Ken Taylor (10lb 15oz), Vern Edgley (10lb 9oz) and Keith Rayment (8lb 7oz).