Di­vi­sion 2 Na­tional Full re­port

Ma­trix Hal­i­fax de­nied vic­tory in Di­vi­sion Two Na­tional

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AN­GLING TRUST DI­VI­SION 2 NA­TIONAL (SAT) Birm­ing­ham/Faze­ley Canal (28 teams)

SEN­SAS Black Coun­try made their in-depth knowl­edge of the Faze­ley Canal worth its weight in medals as they won the Di­vi­sion Two Na­tional crown by a sin­gle point.

The lo­cal lads, most of whom live within a 20-minute drive of the venue, are all reg­u­lars on the canal and the feel­ing was that if they got a half de­cent draw they could ‘do a job’ in cap­tain Mark Hard­man’s words.

Pro­mo­tion, though, was their main aim, and they felt that their mass of ex­pe­ri­ence should bring home the ba­con.

“There are 192 pegs on the Dams & Lock stretch and we fish the Sum­mer League each year with two teams, but this year we ro­tated the lads around the var­i­ous ar­eas so they could all get a feel for it,” Mark said.

“We knew al­most every peg that was in, but of course, they don’t al­ways fish as you think they might. I looked at the draw and it was steady, no scream­ing fly­ers but im­por­tantly, only one shocker in G sec­tion where I thought our lad would do well to get a hand­ful of points.

“Bream were likely to show as con­di­tions were per­fect but the boys knew that whether they had to ship in 250 lit­tle fish or go for bream, they could do it – that’s where know­ing the wa­ter so well comes into play,” Mark con­tin­ued. “We did, how­ever, think that the fish were sick of see­ing chopped worm so we based a lot of our bonus fish work around just cast­ers along­side the more stan­dard squatt and ground­bait fish­ing for lit­tle fish.”

The gen­eral plan for Black Coun­try was to fish a short line near the keep­net for a few perch while their other lines set­tled, then go three-quar­ters of the way across in 2ft or 2ft 6ins of wa­ter for bread-and-but­ter roach, perch and gud­geon on squatts. Big-fish lines went at the same range of 11m but at an­gles just into the deeper boat track with

dou­ble caster as hook­bait.

“We knew that if we drew a peg with skim­mers or bream we’d need to spend a good amount of time try­ing for them, whereas in an out-and-out small-fish swim it was a case of heads down and keep some­thing go­ing in the net with the odd look for a bonus,” Mark re­vealed.

“We got back to HQ and from half of the side we’d scored 130 points, so we rea­soned that 210 or 220 would see us in the top five and pro­moted.

“When the re­sults were read out, Brown­ing West Mid­lands, who we thought had done re­ally well, were only fourth so for a mo­ment I did think that we might not have made the top 10! Si­mon Nick­less soon told me to stop be­ing so daft and reck­oned we might have won it!

“So we’re in Di­vi­sion One on the Shrop­shire Union Canal next sum­mer, and that’s an­other canal we know re­ally well. Our deal with Sen­sas has re­ally helped us and we’ve now got the per­fect mix of ex­pe­ri­enced old heads and some great young­sters com­ing through,” Mark added.

Team re­sult: 1 Sen­sas Black Coun­try AS, 205pts; 2 Ma­trix Hal­i­fax CRFT, 204 (weight); 3 Dren­nan Ox­ford, 204; 4 Brown­ing West Mid­lands, 202; 5 Dren­nan NW, 201; 6 Sen­sas Dams & Lock, 197; 7 Sen­sas Strike An­gling, 192; 8 Maver Mid­lands, 187; 9 Scun­thorpe Blue, 170; 10 Brown­ing Cen­tral, 164; 11 Scun­thorpe Dy­na­mite Baits, 161; 12 Maver Cole­man’s Bait & Tackle/Match­pack, 157; 13 Canal & River Trust AC, 154 (weight); 14 Tu­ber­tini Apollo, 154; 15 Brown­ing Wick­ford, 153; 16 Slaith­waite DAA, 147; 17 Colin Bar­low AC Sale, 134; 18 Stoke-on-Trent AA, 128; 19 Sen­sas Cole­man’s Bait & Tackle, 124; 20 Long Ea­ton Fed­er­a­tion, 117; 21 Tang Hall MG, 106; 22 Tring An­glers, 102 (weight); 23 Notts AA, 102; 24 Cole­man’s Cot­tage Fishery, 96; 25 Lit­tle­port AC, 90; 26 Lis­ter­hills Old Boys AA, 79; 27 Chelms­ford An­gling, 73; 28 Washington & Har­ra­ton AC, 70.

A damp day on the Birm­ing­ham/ Faze­ley Canal.

Sen­sas Black Coun­try cel­e­brate their win.

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