The first match of the year on New Year's Day was moved to the Enborne Canal in hte hope of finding more fish. The move paid off and on the day there was a clear win for Brian Cripps with  16lb of perch. Second was Dave Smith with 7lb, then Tony Franklin just edged ahead of Karl Godfrey with nearly 6lb. This leaves it finely balanced for the last match in March with Mssrs Smith and Cripps level on points in the lead, and Dave Chandler in with a shout. The full weigh in was:

Brian Cripps   16lb exactly

Dave Smith   7lb exactly

Tony Franklin 5-14-0

Karl Godfrey 5-12-0

Adam Durnford 1-14-0

Dave Chandler 1-8-0

John Cox 0-8-0

Henry Sadler and Martin Pallett DNW.