Pete Upperton takes the MMTC 2014
6 AUGUST 2014
The Middy Match Team Cup 2014 was won with 180lb 8oz.
main picture Middy's Matt Middleton (right) presents the cheque and trophy to MMTC 2014 champion Pete Upperton.
Take 14 of the country's top match anglers, put them on a stunning fishery full of fish and you have the recipe for one of the best matches of the year.

Saturday 26th July saw the third annual Middy Match Team Cup held at Manor Farm Leisure near Evesham. The match, which is only open to fully sponsored Middy anglers, is hotly contested and with Middy donating £500 to the winner, all of the anglers take the match very seriously.

An incredibly hot day had been forecast and with hardly any wind the anglers weren't quite sure how the lake would fish. There was a large amount of fish moving on the surface before the draw and it was expected that the winning tactics would possibly involve fishing shallow on either the pole or the waggler.

Some of the anglers had fished here before while for others this was the first time they had seen the venue. Local angler and regular to the fishery Chris Cameron was hotly tipped as one of the favourites. However, with the high quality of angler present, anything could happen.

All of the anglers were also keeping a close eye on 2013 winner Andrew Quarmby, who likewise has a good knowledge of the venue, is a known big weight catcher and an excellent shallow angler.

As the anglers drew their pegs, it was the aforementioned Chris and Andrew who looked the most pleased, as they both drew the area they wanted to be in. But with the end pegs having slightly more room, Jimmy Brooks, Steve Haywood, Pete Upperton and Ross McAuley could all stand a good chance if the fish came into the margins later in the match.

The anglers proceeded with setting up and at 10:30am time was called on proceedings. Despite the expectation of huge weights and lots of fish being caught, the start was fairly quiet, Jimmy Brooks got off to a good start and put 3 good fish for an estimated 15lb in the net in the first 30 minutes and when more followed it looked like his dobbing tactics could be the winning method.

The first hour passed and as anglers settled into the day and regular feed was introduced more and more fish began to show, however it seemed that Jimmy was always out in front and the other anglers would need a change of tactics if they were to stop him from running away with it.

Chris Kendall was the first to make a move and a switch from a shallow approach to a close range method feeder suddenly saw him starting to put a regular run of fish together, this led Craig Goldstraw to switch to the pole on the deck and James Thrikill to switch to the bomb and suddenly we had three anglers who were really starting to catch some fish.

At the half way stage one or two anglers started to look to the margins as they could feel the match slipping away from them and they knew it was a case of now or never, Jimmy was still the clear leader however it was noticed that fish were showing in the margins, and big fish too.

Pete Upperton was making the most of his end peg with a longer margin and by feeding his famous meat slop he was suddenly in bagging mode and began his charge to catch the leaders. It was a similar story for Steve Haywood and suddenly we had a proper match on our hands.

With an hour to go most anglers were now catching in the margins, however shallow supremo Andrew Quarmby had slipped under the radar and was actually now catching shallow with alarming regularity, Chris Kendall was still catching on the method and despite slowing somewhat Pete Upperton was still catching some big weight building fish from the margins.

The young guns of Jimmy Brooks, James Thirkill and Craig Goldstraw were having their own peg for peg battle and despite Jimmy's early run away lead the other two had now closed the gap and piled the pressure on him.

At 15:30 time was called and no one could call a winner, most anglers were admitting to weights around the 100lb mark but few would dare to mention bigger weights.

Jimmy Brooks on peg one was first to weigh and everyone was keen to see what he had caught after his storming early lead, his 124lb 8oz was a great weight but Jimmy knew that James Thirkill on the next peg had beaten him. When James weighed 153lb and at the next peg Craig Goldstraw tipped 150lb 8oz onto the scales it was obvious that the quiet spell in the last 90 minutes had cost Jimmy the title.

Several more weights over 100lb were recorded until it was time for Pete Upperton to weigh in, Pete had kept quiet in the corner all day and had steadily gone about his business, fishing 3 margin swims to ensure he could keep fish coming and reduce the quiet spells that had cost Jimmy. After several weighs Pete recorded a staggering 180lb 8oz, a weight very few expected to be beat.

The only angler many thought could push Pete close was last year's winner Andrew Quarmby and when his shallow caught bag came up short with 159lb 8oz, the victory for Pete was pretty much confirmed.

The last two anglers to weigh, Chris Kendall and Steve Haywood, both came up short with 136lb 4oz and 132lb 14oz respectively, which confirmed what we all knew - Pete Upperton was the 2014 Middy Match Team Cup champion and would be going home £500 richer.

A huge thank you must go to Manor Farm Leisure for hosting a fantastic match and ensuring all of the anglers were well looked after. Roll on 2015!

1. Pete Upperton 180lb 8oz
2. Andrew Quarmby 159lb 8oz
3. James Thirkill 153lb
4. Craig Goldstraw 150lb 8oz
5. Chris Kendall 136lb 4oz

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Saturday 26th July saw the third annual Middy Match Team Cup held at Manor Farm Leisure near Evesham. The match, which is only open to fully sponsored Middy anglers, is hotly contested and with Middy donating £500 to the winner, all of the anglers take the match very seriously.

An incredibly hot day had been forecast and with hardly any wind the anglers weren't quite sure how the lake would fish. There was a large amount of fish moving on the surface before the draw and it was expected that the winning tactics would possibly involve fishing shallow on either the pole or the waggler.

Some of the anglers had fished here before while for others this was the first time they had seen the venue. Local angler and regular to the fishery Chris Cameron was hotly tipped as one of the favourites. However, with the high quality of angler present, anything could happen.

All of the anglers were also keeping a close eye on 2013 winner Andrew Quarmby, who likewise has a good knowledge of the venue, is a known big weight catcher and an excellent shallow angler.

As the anglers drew their pegs, it was the aforementioned Chris and Andrew who looked the most pleased, as they both drew the area they wanted to be in. But with the end pegs having slightly more room, Jimmy Brooks, Steve Haywood, Pete Upperton and Ross McAuley could all stand a good chance if the fish came into the margins later in the match.

The anglers proceeded with setting up and at 10:30am time was called on proceedings. Despite the expectation of huge weights and lots of fish being caught, the start was fairly quiet, Jimmy Brooks got off to a good start and put 3 good fish for an estimated 15lb in the net in the first 30 minutes and when more followed it looked like his dobbing tactics could be the winning method.

The first hour passed and as anglers settled into the day and regular feed was introduced more and more fish began to show, however it seemed that Jimmy was always out in front and the other anglers would need a change of tactics if they were to stop him from running away with it.

Chris Kendall was the first to make a move and a switch from a shallow approach to a close range method feeder suddenly saw him starting to put a regular run of fish together, this led Craig Goldstraw to switch to the pole on the deck and James Thrikill to switch to the bomb and suddenly we had three anglers who were really starting to catch some fish.

At the half way stage one or two anglers started to look to the margins as they could feel the match slipping away from them and they knew it was a case of now or never, Jimmy was still the clear leader however it was noticed that fish were showing in the margins, and big fish too.

Pete Upperton was making the most of his end peg with a longer margin and by feeding his famous meat slop he was suddenly in bagging mode and began his charge to catch the leaders. It was a similar story for Steve Haywood and suddenly we had a proper match on our hands.

With an hour to go most anglers were now catching in the margins, however shallow supremo Andrew Quarmby had slipped under the radar and was actually now catching shallow with alarming regularity, Chris Kendall was still catching on the method and despite slowing somewhat Pete Upperton was still catching some big weight building fish from the margins.

The young guns of Jimmy Brooks, James Thirkill and Craig Goldstraw were having their own peg for peg battle and despite Jimmy's early run away lead the other two had now closed the gap and piled the pressure on him.

At 15:30 time was called and no one could call a winner, most anglers were admitting to weights around the 100lb mark but few would dare to mention bigger weights.

Jimmy Brooks on peg one was first to weigh and everyone was keen to see what he had caught after his storming early lead, his 124lb 8oz was a great weight but Jimmy knew that James Thirkill on the next peg had beaten him. When James weighed 153lb and at the next peg Craig Goldstraw tipped 150lb 8oz onto the scales it was obvious that the quiet spell in the last 90 minutes had cost Jimmy the title.

Several more weights over 100lb were recorded until it was time for Pete Upperton to weigh in, Pete had kept quiet in the corner all day and had steadily gone about his business, fishing 3 margin swims to ensure he could keep fish coming and reduce the quiet spells that had cost Jimmy. After several weighs Pete recorded a staggering 180lb 8oz, a weight very few expected to be beat.

The only angler many thought could push Pete close was last year's winner Andrew Quarmby and when his shallow caught bag came up short with 159lb 8oz, the victory for Pete was pretty much confirmed.

The last two anglers to weigh, Chris Kendall and Steve Haywood, both came up short with 136lb 4oz and 132lb 14oz respectively, which confirmed what we all knew - Pete Upperton was the 2014 Middy Match Team Cup champion and would be going home £500 richer.

A huge thank you must go to Manor Farm Leisure for hosting a fantastic match and ensuring all of the anglers were well looked after. Roll on 2015!

1. Pete Upperton 180lb 8oz
2. Andrew Quarmby 159lb 8oz
3. James Thirkill 153lb
4. Craig Goldstraw 150lb 8oz
5. Chris Kendall 136lb 4oz
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