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ANGLING: Davies a prize Willaston catch.

Byline: with DAVE HOUGHTON

LIVERPOOL Angling Society won round five of the Wigan Winter League and, with one match remaining, hold a five point lead over defending champions Spring View.

But, just as they need experience to cope in the 144-angler tournament, two of their most consistent match men have abandoned ship!

Barrie Davies, one of Merseyside's most consistent performers, has joined Willaston AS match group, along with talented brother Mick.

It's a blow to Liverpool AS's plans, but good news for Phil Cross, Willaston's team organiser, who is looking to strengthen his team.

WAS - current leaders in the Wirral Winter League - is one of the oldest specialist match fishing clubs and already have about 20 regulars. They are building with an eye to competing in the National Championships.

As if to prove himself, Barrie Davies came first in the Wirral league open on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Lydiate this week with a 3lb 6oz catch, comprising one eel on pole fished worm, two perch on caster and small roach on punch bread.

Mick kept it in the family by taking second place with 2lb 11oz and Rick Garcia (Ted Carter's, Preston) was third with 2lb 10oz.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 2, 2004
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