Angling - Welland winner Thornton saves the best until last in Drennan Pairs

Rob Wright won the Stanjay Winter Series.
Rob Wright won the Stanjay Winter Series.
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The final round of the Drennan Pairs competition produced the best result of the series despite winter continuing to disrupt angling right across the area.

Out in front on the River Welland through Spalding was city rod Dave Thornton who drew one of the fancied pegs close to the town bridge and took a net of roach weighing 23lb 11oz.

Second place went to the in-form Joe Roberts with 22lb 15oz followed by Joe Oaks, who weighed in 17lb 6oz.

The River Glen proved a happy hunting ground for several of the Sensas Mark One rods.

John Price took the honours with 15lb 10oz followed closely by team-mate Rob Hewison with 13lb 9oz. Third place went to Cameron Hughes, who put 12lb 2oz to the scales.

Top pair on the day were Dale Stones and Dave Thornton with 33lb 13oz.

The consistent duo of Mark Pollard and Lee Klimczuk took the overall league title with a total weight of 110lb 14oz.

Runners-up were Joe Roberts and Joff Woodgett with 99lb 2oz and then came the Wisbech duo Paul Spriggs and Martin Roper with 93lb 4oz.

Thanks should go to Wayne Swinscoe for running the event and a special mention to Drennan International, the tackle company that backed this popular event.


A slighter smaller field than expected fished the final round of the Stanjay Winter Series on the Factory Bank at Ramsey which saw the tiny drain produce some good winter sport despite a frosty start to the day.

Top rod was Anthony Watling Junior. He put a level 12lb to the scales taken on the whip with bread punch.

Runner-up with 11lb 7oz was Lindsay Naylor - again a net of roach - followed by Graham Welton with 10lb.

The overall winner of the four-match series was March rod Rob Wright. He was the only angler to win his section in all four matches, which considering the conditions over the past few weeks was an excellent achievement.


The return leg of the Yaxley­Deeping Challenge Cup was fished at the ice-covered Raveley Drain.

Deeping held a 2lb advantage from the first leg and were the slight favourites.

Ivan Marriott (Yaxley) finished well clear of the field with 6lb of roach, rudd and bleak taken on pinkie at four metres.

Runner­up Steve Cox (Deeping) had a similar mix of fish for his 4lb 5oz, just pipping Yaxley’s Mel Saggers (4lb 4oz).

On the day, Yaxley narrowly took the honours with 15lb 13oz to Deeping’s 15lb 12 oz, but it wasn’t enough to make up the deficit and Deeping took the trophy home with their winning combined weight of 27lb 10oz to Yaxley’s 25lb.