Bethwins Upper 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.
Glenn Riley had a good start to the match catching a carp on his feeder on his first cast. He coupled this with another carp and a tench on the feeder to weigh in 15-6-8 for first place.
Vince Herringshaw was third, with a carp caught on the feeder along with a bag of perch caught on the whip to weigh in 11-7-0
Overall two anglers were tied for first place on 19 points having both had first and second places. However Glenn Riley was the winner of the Milliard cup by virtue of a heavier weight than John Williams.