I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs how I have been guesting for Fox Match Trentmen quite a lot this winter. Well I’m not going to be able to guest for them anymore, as they have asked me to join now!
It may sound slightly worrying to some readers when I say that captain Rob Perkins popped the question while we were having a soak in the bath! I must add it wasn’t the same bath, and while our late night chats do sometimes take in one or both of our bath times, Rob assures me that this is quite normal compared to the phone calls he sometimes receives from former team mate Darran Bickerton. He sees ringing Rob as a good alternative to reading the paper while sat on the toilet!
Joking aside, I was honoured to be asked to join what I believe to be a brilliant allround team, and am really looking forward to fishing with them over the coming months.
My debut performance as a fully fledged ‘Trentman’ didn’t get off to the best of starts however, and I lay the blame firmly at the door of teammate Alan Henry. He must have known he would put the mockers on me when he said, "Great to have you on board Tom. Don’t think there is an pressure on you, as you can’t get off to a worse start than I did when I joined the team."
Up until that point I had won my section in all three rounds of the Rilmac League on the Fossdyke Canal that I had fished as a guest, and was winning the individual aggregate. Needless to say, following Alan’s words I had my worst match of the year and came fifth in my eight-man section!
Fortunately, I managed to save a little bit of face in the final round the following weekend with a section win and fifth in the match, which clawed me back up to fourth in the overall aggregate. We were sadly pipped to the post in the overall team stakes, drawing with Spro Lincoln Whisby on points, but losing out on round wins. Still, there is always next year!
The team faired much better in the AT Winter League Semi Final at Woodland Lakes in Thirsk last weekend however, winning it by a seven point margin! Sadly, I couldn’t be there to cheer the lads (and lasses) on due to prior commitments, but from what Rob told me a lot of hard work and practice for the team paid off in grand style.
They say there is no rest for the wicked, and next weekend we have two teams in the Sensas Challenge international-rules competition at Packington Somers Fishery near Meriden. I will let you know how we get on.