A match with a difference at Townsend Lakes

Matches that are run to international rules are a rarity in the UK but the latest event at Townsend Lakes saw a large field turn up to compete under those guidelines.

Bosses at Townsend Lakes in Norfolk took the unusual step of implementing the same set of rules that are used in world championships for the pairs contest, with feeder tactics banned and bloodworm and joker permitted.

Leading the way in the individual stakes was John Bates who took 27lb of skimmers from peg 8 on Kingfisher Lake  and he also sealed glory in the pairs event with his partner Sam Claydon.