Bethwins Lower Pond – For a change it did not rain at a Bethwins match and the weather was warm and sunny (Is this the start of summer?). The 8 anglers were fishing on the opposite pond to the one they had fished on the first leg, with Steve Speller replacing Keith Hughes, who had problems with his car and was taking time out to try and sort it.
As for the first match the anglers were unsure what to expect – would the carp show in the Lower Pond as none had been caught in the first leg? would the tench show in the Upper Pond ? and would the perch turn up in the numbers seen in previous matches?.
There were no carp caught in the Lower Pond although Steve Speller hooked one on the feeder which took him half way down the pond before coming off. A few more perch were caught this time but still not up to the numbers that Steve Simmonds had caught last year. As in the previous leg, only odd tench were caught on the Upper Pond.
Fishing on one of the new pegs Steve Simmonds spent most of the match fishing for perch on the whip and weighed in 7-1-8 to finish first.
In second place was Steve Hanson, fishing on the other new peg, who caught one tench and a bag of perch to weigh in 4-13-0.
Rab Butler was third with 1-7-0 of perch.
Overall two anglers were tied for first place on 19 points, both having first and second places. However Glenn Riley was the winner of the Milliard cup by virtue of a heavier weight than John Williams