Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo club have started off 2016 as the only team to walk away with maximum points over the weekend as they took on City of Manchester and Invicta at Salt Ayre Sports Centre in the British Water Polo League Super 5’s.
Lancaster now sit joint top of the league after the two wins as one of three teams level on the same points.
Lancaster first game of the weekend was against the previously unbeaten City of Manchester. This all changed as Lancaster took control with Alex Parsonage bagging four goals in the first quarter. This was supported by some outstanding defence work from the City side with Marc Robinson making some great saves as the first quarter was completed without conceding a goal.
It was a slow second quarter with both teams defence denying early goals, but this quarter saw the Manchester score three goals to none from Lancaster.
Lancaster went into the third quarter 4:3 ahead but the lead was increased with goals from Glen Robinson, Ryan Pinnington and Tom Curwen. Another strong defence for City saw Chris Hartley, Graham Harrington and Scott Sharpe help Robinson in goal allow another goaless quarter for the Manchester side.
The final quarter was much more of a swimming gala with both sides working hard in defence with only one goal sneaking past Lancaster defence as the game finished 7 – 4 to Lancaster. All four of their younger players; Aaron Mason, Alex Armstrong, Stefano Coustti and Jordan Titley participated in the game and played a vital part in the team.
Lancaster second game of the day was just 5 hours later against Invicta. A slow saw Invicta score two goals in the first quarter with City drawing a blank.
By half time Lancaster had drawn level at 3-3, with two goals from skipper Curwen and one from Parsonage. Lancaster knew if they were going to win this game they had to push hard in the second half.
Lancaster took a two goal early lead at the start of the third period, however Invicta hit back to draw level at 5-5 with three minutes remaining in the third period. Lancaster managed to bag a lead going into the fourth and final quarter with a further strike from Robinson.
It was only then that the goal-scoring power of Tom Curwen and Glen Robinson began to tell as Lancaster further ahead to lead of 9-6 with less than four minutes left.
Battling Invicta revived again, scoring two late goals by Jack Waller and Will Liddle. They called a time-out at the death – but couldn’t make it count. Lancaster won the game 9 – 8.
Lancaster next weekend sees the team travel down to Luton and take on the West Country; Cheltenham and Bristol. Another four points will support Lancaster on their way of returning the trophy for their fourteenth title.
Team: Marc Robinson, Tom Curwen, Glen Robinson, Alex Parsonage, Chris Hartley, Graham Harrington, Ryan Pininigton, Scott Sharpe, Robert Simpson, Aaron Mason, Alex Armstrong, Stefano Coustti, Jordan Titley and Owain Llewelyn
Staff: Zak Sly, Jeff Parker and Nigel Sharpe
Pictures from the day