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By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 22 August 2013 Updated: 29/08 17:25
ALVECHURCH Fisheries’ bid to keep the Angling Times/Bait-Tech Supercup at Bittel Road was kept alive in dramatic fashion when they edged to victory in the Midlands semi-final at Tunnel Barn Farm.
Following the A team’s success in the same competition last year, the B team are the ones flying the flag this time around and they booked their place in the final, which takes place at Barston Lakes on September 29, with a semi-final victory that was secured in the narrowest fashion possible.
Having finished level on points with Nottingham’s Woodhouse Angling Centre, 32 points each, the placings were decided on weights and Alvechurch eventually came out on top by just over 22lb.
Their cause was undoubtedly helped by a superb performance from Steve Bellion who weighed in an impressive 158-10-0 to claim the individual honours on the day, giving Alvechurch a delightful double.
Bellion and team-mate James Turner picked up section wins to help guide the team to victory under the guidance of captain Ron Taylor.
“I expected the team would qualify with the anglers I had picked, but to win the match outright including an exceptional performance from Steve was out of this world,” the skipper told the Angling Times before piling the praise on Bellion.
“Steve is an exceptional angler for the level he is at and I knew he would do well on that method (paste) as he always seems to make it work.
“He was even giving the angler in the next peg, who was always fishing paste, some advice as that is how confident he was he was going to win.”
“I had to go back and fetch something from home so I was late setting up,” Bellion added.
“The fish took time to really come on but by the end I knew I had made the right decision, I am chuffed.”
The skipper also reserved praise for remaining members of the squad, saying: “I would also like to thank other members of the squad who fished in the previous qualifying rounds at Lavender Hall and Barston Lakes.”
THURSDAY’S Costcutter Open at Alvechurch saw 18 fish on the Horseshoe.
Venue regular Fred Reynolds took victory from peg 7 when fishing paste throughout at 10m, and late down the edge, for carp up to 8lb and stockies to weigh in 77lb 4oz.
From peg 24, Mick Owen fished long pole and pellets for a mixed bag of carp and silvers to take second with 61lb 2oz.
Warren Beach took third with 58lb 4oz from peg 13, caught fishing pole to the small island and late down the edge for carp up to 6lb and stockies.
Gary Clarke was fourth from peg 38, fishing pole and pellets to the island for 40lb 7oz whilst Steve Edwards took fifth with 38lb 14oz.
The top six was completed by 15-year-old Oliver Hughes-White with easily his best finish to date.
He weighed in carp up to 8lb caught on paste fishing to the aerator and down the edge for 38lb 9oz.
There was also a full house on Saturday when Ron Taylor claimed victory with 44lb 1oz from peg 26.
Relaxing from his Supercup duties, Ron caught fishing the method feeder to the island throughout to weigh in carp and stockies to just edge Fred Reynolds into second.
Reynolds caught 43lb 8oz from peg 28, using pellet feeder to the island and the pole in front.
Craig Evans, peg 11, fished long pole to the island with corn over 4mm pellets for his 40lb 14oz of carp and stockies.
Sammy Round on peg 30 fished pole and pellet in front and later down the edge for 35lb 12oz, followed by Dan Tandy with 34lb 2oz and Gary Clarke with 31lb 1oz.
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