Lancaster City Dominating UK Water Polo
Lancaster head into the Super 5’s as favourites after winning their final two games at Cardiff maintaining their 100% win ratio. City have completed their seven games, which saw 100 goals scored, 71 of those goals were scored by Alex Parsongae (38) and Tom Curwen (33).
Lancaster took on two London teams in Cardiff at the weekend; on Saturday after a long journey, City played Polytechnic, who although sat at the bottom of the table are still a strong team.
Lancaster made some changes to their starting seven due to the absence of Glen Robinson (shoulder) Marc Robinson (fractured nose) this allowed some valuable playing time for 16 year old Owain Llewellyn in goal, with Ryan Pinington starting in place of Glen. Due to the absence of Dec Ellwood and James Moffat Lancaster went into the weekend with only one recognised centre forward.
Despite the absences Lancaster started off the first quarter strong scoring seven goals only missing one shot, three goals each from Parsonage and Curwen and a goal from Graham Harrington helped City get an early lead. Some strong defence work from Harrington, Robert Simpson with Llewellyn in goal pulling off some great saves City restricted Polytechnic to only two goals.
Lancaster never looked back after the first quarter and controlled the rest of the game allowing coach Zak Sly to get his younger players much deserved water time including 15 year old Aaron Mason who made some key drives helping to set up more City goals.
Lewis Peach put his name on the score sheet after receiving a quick pass from Dave Teasdale along with Pinington and Scott who scored a goal each.
Tom Curwen added another five goals to his tally and Alex four. The team played well as a unit and winning the game meant the team could celebrate finishing top of the league with a game in hand. The final score 19 – 14.
Lancaster had a long wait around on Sunday before playing against a young, fit, Invicta team. Lancaster took control of the game from the start with Parsongae and Curwen scoring two goals each and Harrington putting away Lancaster’s fifth goal.
The game saw Roger Kennedy score from a man up situation with Alex (6) and Tom (5) sweeping up the rest. Although Parsongae and Curwen were on a scoring rampage, the rest of the team worked hard to set up the goals and defend the young Invicta team.
Lancaster now play eight more games over four more weekends including a home weekend at Salt Ayre on the 6th & 7th December, where they look to bring back the national league title with some big home crowds.