ANGLING: ROBBIE Meggs put Barlows into a match-winning position and lifted the team into a challenging place at Sunday's Northwich Winter League fixture on the River Weaver, writes JOHN STUBBS.
He only needed four chub and a few bits from Hunt's Lock peg five to win comfortably. Barlows' cause was further helped by Mark Hickinson.
Top weights were: Meggs 11-9-0, Jimmy Byrne (Lymm) 8-10-0 off 272, Hickinson 8-6-0 off 368, Steve Walton (Dave's of Middlewich) 7-11-0 off 371.
Barlows scored 44pts, Team Trafford 40, Vale Royal, Lymm and Ted Carter Southport all 33 and, with two matches remaining, the leaders are Team Traf-ford 143, Barlows 134, Vale Royal 114 and Lymm 110.
Pole-caught roach off peg 56 won the Northwich Open on Saturday for Anthony King, another Barlow's man. His 10-0-0 beat Rod Fraser (Trafford) 6-12-0 and Derek Bibby 5-14-0.
Meanwhile, Bob Meggs needs teams of three entries for the Northwich Mini-League as soon as possible on 01270 662487. The competition starts next month.
Winsford Veterans had 31 anglers seeking fur and feather prizes and the winner came, not unexpectedly, from peg 200. John Sudlow drew the lucky number and fished the week's best weight of 31-1-0 to beat Eric Taylor 16-13-0 off 193, Ian Shaw 15-15-0 off 199, John Dickens 11-10-0 and Ted Isherwood 10-1-0.
Ernie Ayers won the Red Lion section with a level 9lb and placed were Ted Walsh 6-4-0, Bill Heardley 5-11-0, Alan Thompson 3-12-0 and Eric Gillett 3-11-0.
It was peg 194 that produced a Winsford Open win for Graham Massey with 29-14-0, while 200 was occupied by Robbie Meggs (Dave's), whose week's reward was still to come. He had 26-0-0 and beat Kevin Ashurst (Leigh) 16-2-0 and Ayers (Dave's) 14-2-0.
Ian Buckley was yet again Meadow Bank's top dog with 8-6-0, topping Trevor Jones 5-7-0, Alan Birchall 4-10-0 and Rod Weedall 3-6-0.
Steve Walker maintained his good form at Barnton-Frodsham AC, winning Sunday's Scott Shield opener after starting off on bronze maggot and then switching to pole.
Members' midweek flyer, Wednesday, Heesom's Pool: Barry Owen 5-15-0, Ronnie Kinsella 2-15-0, Peter Moore 1-11-0; Sunday first round Scott's Shield - River Weaver, dredger length: Walker 4-14-0, Arthur Kenney 2-8-0, Peter Harradine 2-6-4.
Weaver Matches Winsford: Today and next Wednesday - Open, draw Marina 9.30am; Saturday - Meadow Bank, 1-30; Prince's Feathers, Marina; River Blues, Red Lion; Sunday - Winsford AA turkey match, all river; Tuesday - Veterans, Marina/Red Lion; Sunday, December 26 Open (subject to entry), Marina 9.30am; Tuesday, December 28 - Veterans, Marina/Red Lion.
Northwich: Saturday - Open, 353-378; Sunday - Farmers Arms, 250-280; Boxing Day and January 1 - Local Cup, two centre, Hunt's Lock, Crescent, Blackboards, Boats, Hule's Island.