England on top of the world

Drennan England have regained their title as the best fishing team on the planet after a dominant performance at the World Champs.

The side of Alan Scotthorne, Des Shipp, William Raison, Sean Ashby, and Steve Hemingray, plus support from stalwart Steve Gardener scooped their 13th team gold medal in what turned out to be a roach-fest on Poland’s Zeranski Channel.

There were celebrations on the individual front too as Leicester’s Steve Hemingray – making his debut at the event – and five times champ Alan Scotthorne both posted perfect scores over the two days with two section wins apiece.

However, the England duo were denied gold by France’s Didier Delannoy who landed two big bream late on day two to win a weight countback and push Hemingray into second overall and Scotthorne into the bronze medal position.

The team kicked off the event in emphatic fashion recording an incredible first day total of just 7 points – one of the biggest single day victories in World Champs history.

That came courtesy of FOUR section wins and a third place and put them streets ahead of their main rivals and home nation Poland.

The dominant score sent the other country’s into a major rethink for day two but England stood firm on the venue our lads likened to the Stainforth & Keadby Canal to post two more section wins in their 15 point, Day 2 tally. It was enough to retain the World Champs title England last won in 2010.