Angling Trust Winter League Northern Semi Final (Sponsored by Partridge Lakes, Nr Warrington) Sunday 1st April 2012 Stainforth & Keadby Canal, Thorne Match Report

The second of the Angling Trust Winter League Northern semi-finals again faced the changes in the weather conditions with overnight temperatures of minus 3 degrees, which was going to have a big effect on the fishing in the match held on Sunday 1st April 2012 on the Stainforth & Keadby Canal, Thorne.The venue in the run up to the semi-final had been producing consistent double figure weights in the matches but the changes in the conditions had considerably reduced the expectation levels.

Bright sunshine and the continuing cold northerly wind also did not help the venue fish to its potential.Ultimate Barnsley Blacks, dropped only 7 points out of a potential 80, ran out the eventual winners, with four section wins 5 seconds and one third, with a total point’s tally of 73, a clear 15 points ahead of their nearest rivals Saints.

On the Individual front Jason Cunningham of Shakespeare Superteam broke the Barnsley monopoly with a winning weight of 3 kgs 280 narrowly beating Simon Fields of Ultimate Barnsley Blacks with a weight of 3 kgs 210.

Individual placings:

1st Jason Cunningham (Shakespeare Superteam) E3 – 3.280

2nd Simon Fields (Ultimate Barnsley Blacks) H5 – 3.210

3rd Dave Brooks (Ultimate Barnsley Blacks) E4 – 2.850

4th Andy Geldart (Ultimate Barnsley Blacks) J1 – 2.380

5th Ian Blakely (Saints) H6 – 2.370

6th Nigel Bull (Shakespeare Superteam) H8 – 2.340 

Team placings:

1st Ultimate Barnsley Blacks 7-8-8-7-7-7-6-8-8-7 (73 points) 17.030

2nd Saints 5-7-6-5-5-4-8-7-5-6 (58 points) 11.740

3rd Shakespeare Superteam 8-5-7-4-8-5-7-6-3-4 (57 points) 13.570

4th Browning Hotrods 6-6-5-8-4-3-5-5-6-8 (56 points) 11.370

5th Matrix Dynamite Trentmen 2-4-3-6-6-6-4-4-7-5 (47 points) 10.410

6th Sams Tackle Wigan 4-3-4-3-3-8-3-3-4-3 (38 points) 6.840

7th High Hayes Fishery 1-2-0-2-2-1-1-2-1-2 (14 points) 2.440

8th Maver Newman Scott 3-0-2-0-1-2-2-1-2-1 (14 points) 2.320