Newmarket to meet old foes in the cup

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Newmarket Angling Club have been drawn against Hoskin’s Haulers in the first round of the Angling Times/Bait-Tech Clubman Supercup for the second year in succession.

The two sides will clash again in a group of three with Needham Market-based side Gipping Valley AC at one of the latter club’s home lakes on Sunday, April 6.

Last year saw Newmarket AC, which is sponsored by town tackle shop Hooked, record a convincing victory over the Haulers on the Jay Lake at Pidley’s Rookery Water Fishery.

“It is going to be a hard round as we didn’t really want to face Hoskin’s Haulers this early on, while Gipping Valley won their first round match on home waters last year,” said club spokesman Gary Rimmer. “At the end of the day, it does not bother me that we are in a group of three as we are a very strong team that can take anybody on.”

n John Clark claimed his first ever win in a Mildenhall Angling Club contest on Sunday with victory in the club’s latest leg of their winter series.

The Lakenheath-based angler topped the weights at the club’s Kenny Hill lake, with a 6lb 12oz bag which featured in it a 3lb 10oz bream and 2lb tench.

Back in second was John Wing with a 4lb 12oz bag of small roach and rudd.

n Matt Ayers led home a one-two for Nerwmarket Angling Club in a Head Fen Lakes qualifier open contest.

A regular winner at Pidley, Ayers transferred his form over to the Little Downham venue when taking first place with 50lb, with clubmate Gary Rimmer finishing second with 43lb 12oz

Michael Low won the Airflo World Bank Masters heat at Blackdyke Trout Fishery after landing 10 fish for 16 points on Saturday.

Second was a consistent Steve Cullen, catching six from six, with lunchtime leader Bart Farmer third, Kevin knights fourth and Charlie Ratchford fifth.

The next heat at the Hockwold venue is on Saturday, March 8.