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Richard Guest takes the win but Broome tops standings

By Nick Elwell | Grassroots | Published:

Richard Guest took the individual spoils but Steve Broome is still the man to catch in the Wolverhampton AA Individual Spring League.

Richard Guest

Round six of the competition was held on the Staffs & Worcester Canal in Penkridge where Fordhouses ace Guest (Dynamite Maver Midlands) led the way with 11-14-12 of chub and skimmers caught on pole-fished pinkie and maggot from peg 20.

Walsall’s Malc Appleby (Drennan Leics.) ran him close on neighbouring peg nine with 10-14-10 of mostly chub. Another Walsall rod, Dave Hughes (Sensas Black Country), was third with 8-10-8 at peg 33.

But Kingswinford’s Broome (Dynamite Maver Midlands) is on course for overall glory after extending his lead at the top of the standings to 29, ahead of his team-mates Ben Garbett (37) and match-winner Guest (42).

In-form Wednesfield-rod Mel Wood added two more first places to his collection.

Wood (Four Ashes AC) made it two Goodyear AC evening open successes on the bounce when he struck on the Fox & Anchor PH Section of the Staffs & Worcester Canal in Coven.

Pole-fishing his favoured squatt and pinkie over groundbait off peg two, Wood caught mainly gudgeon plus a bonus worm-tempted 10oz perch from down the track for 3-13-0.

Stafford’s Alan Round (Sensas Lifestyle MG) ran him close on adjacent peg one with 3-5-0 of gudgeon and roach, ahead of Penkridge’s Dave Smith (Bridgtown Social AC) who weighed in 2-11-15 from peg four.

Wood then went on to land the Sportsman AC Open on the Moors Mill Lane stretch of the Walsall Canal in Tipton.

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Once again he opted to pole-fish squatt and pinkie over groundbait to return 7-5-0 of skimmers at peg nine.

Keith Hulland (Team Eclipse) followed with 3-11-9 from peg 25, with Wordsley’s Dave Sheaf (Sportsman AC/Canal Kings) nudged into third on peg six after netting 3-7-4 of roach and skimmers.

The Pelsall Common Section of the Wyrley & Essington Canal in Pelsall was the venue for a Bridgtown Social AC event.

And it was Cannock’s Keith Holbrook who took the spoils on peg 20 with a brace of tench – the best being 5lb – alongside small roach and rudd, tempted on poled maggot and pinkie for 12-14-0.

Runner-up Dave Rayson, used the same tactics as the winner on peg seven, bagging another two tench for 5-10-0.

Great Wyrley’s Roy Grosvenor landed a 3lb tench in the last half-an-hour to scale a level 4-0-0 at peg 19.

Nick Elwell

By Nick Elwell
Grassroots Sports Editor

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