DOWNHILL into its last leg, Castle Ashby’s AT league has become a real nail-biter – with no less than four teams spanned by just two points!
All four are fighting for the crucial second place, as it will be the runner-up squad – together with can’t-be-beat-even-if-they-don’t-turn-up leaders Starlets – which goes through to the semis and a chance at the big money national final.
Sunday’s fifth round saw Garbolino RAF making a precision air strike to win on the day with 55 points and haul themselves into the top five.
Maver Milton Keynes, also coming back from the dead following two early blow-outs, had 45 and Chiltern GotBaits (CGB) 40.
Starlets stumbled to fourth with 38, but lead the series points on 10, with MK on 18, ‘Ashby A Team 19, and CGB and RAF both on 20. ‘Ashby Youth have 26 and Royal Mail 27.
Youth’s Mick Whaddham won on the day with 42-2 ahead of Mick Dixon and Baz Bright – both RAF – on 28-10 and 24-14.
The latest Meadowlands’ league round saw Craig Casemore top with 77-10 of carp as Phil Hull had 72-6 and Darren Sanders 58-4.
Thick frost didn’t stop White Hart Flore finding some fish at Barby Banks as Dave Walker had 76lb, followed by John ‘rockin’ Berry 74lb and Drew Adams 38lb.
Wednesday’s ‘Ashby Grendon open went to John Kent – 19 bream for 44-8 – as Roy Woodward netted 38-12 and Allan West 36-9. Saturday saw Chris Garrett beat brother Keith 44-12 to 35-6 with Paul Hardman on 25-4.
Perhaps not wanting to be out in foul weather seven days a week, Royal Mail Northampton fished their last match of the year, Sunday, at Canons. Dave Gibbs caught 20-14, Andy Forbes 11-8 and Darren Mason 6-8.
Nene’s Newton Blossomville Ouse match was a day for real river anglers as Chris Howard had 11-10 of roach and dace with Paul Minney on 8-3 and Les Ramsden 7-9.
Olney, Ouse, pike ‘n’ perch match: Adam Crouch 12-5, Glenn Crouch 12-1-8, Pete Hawley 10-4.
Jack Morrison charity memorial, Mill Cotton lake: Jeff Rice 5-15, Fred Prior 5-7, Pat Neal 4-6.
Glebe, Ringstead Nene, everyone caught: Kevin McIlhinney 5-5 roach and perch, Glen Kirton 5-4, Dave Haddon 5-3.
Towcester, Gayton arm canal: Kevin Elliot 3-4 punch roach, Mick Goodridge 3-2-7, Tony ‘I’m so brilliant’ Hirst 0-8...
Flore & Brockhall, diamond bridge cut: Steve Smith 2-3, Rob Rawlins 1-13, Gary Abrahams 1-12.
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