WITH the rivers carrying too much floodwater, most clubs either cancelled their matches or relocated on to the lakes where the going was very hard, writes Alan Hughes.

Prestcold A.C. held their match on the newly-installed Callow Pool at the RDAA Pingewood complex.

Match secretary Mick Sheasby was the only angler to receive a bite and this was in the form of a small rudd which barely made half an ounce.

Newtown fished their match on the Brown Lee Pool lake on the same complex.

Twelve anglers turned out for an 8am draw, where they found the level in the lake to be much higher than normal following the heavy rain.

This match was very similar to the Prestcold one where only one fish was caught, and this was by Terry Smith who netted a carp of 2lbs 11ozs.

This will be the last report of this season as we have no matches booked for the coming weekend as favoured winter venue Froxfield has a canoe race booked on to it.

The season ends on March 15e for the rivers and returns on June 16.


HAVING secured a place in the knockout stages of the M4 Seniors Winter League for the sixth successive year last week, West Berks’ seniors won a hard-earned 2½-1½ victory over Sandford Springs to clinch first place in the Nonsuch League.

West Berks’ men’s captain, Rob Bridgeman (pictured below), who also skippers the M4 seniors, and his team will be keen to enhance the club’s already impressive record in this competition, which includes winning the championship in 2015 and 2017.

Gale McAuley shot a nett 76 to finish six shots clear of the field in winning the ladies’ March medal on Saturday.

Jane Brackenbury was second with nett 82 while Tina Mulford’s 88 beat Sian Soanes on countback to take third spot.