Match Report

Match:  Kirby Bott Cup 2nd Leg
Venue:  Petworth Park
Winner:  Kevin Leighfield
18 - 14 - 0
Runner Up:  Dick Shrubb
8 - 1 - 0
Third:  Roger Wheetman
6 - 15 - 0


This second leg match was fished in very uncomfortable weather. The rain was coming down, the wind was blowing heavily all through the match but this only put off one angler who got out of his car in the car park and quickly got back in when he saw how strong the wind was. In these conditions it was obvious the weights would not match those of the first leg where over forty pounds was needed to frame.

Most of the pegs were used behind the islands so the anglers had a bit of shelter from the wind and rain, but three pegs were put in just before the concrete slab on the road bank. This was where the top two weights came from.

First was Kevin Leighfield, who was drawn two pegs past the swim where the lilies once were. Kevin fished the feeder at about 50 yards with a single red maggot hookbait. From this line he managed some roach up to a pound, bream up to four pounds and a tench. Although quite numerous this was the first tench that Kevin had caught from this water and he was rather delighted that he had done so.

Second was Dick Shrubb, who was drawn one peg before the concrete slab and fished the feeder all the match. Dick only had a few bites during the day, but connected with two of these which resulted in two bream being put in the keepnet.

Third was Roger Wheetman, who was drawn on the western end of the first island on the south bank. Roger was able to fish a short pole all day and managed to catch some small roach, a nice crucian of over a pound and two larger skimmers.

With a win and a second over the two legs Kevin Leighfield wins the Kirby Bott Cup with a two match total of 19 points. A very close second was Roger Wheetman with 18 points.