Lancaster City continued their impressive start to the Senior Men’s Division One British Water Polo League with a win and a draw up in Sunderland.
|The first game of the weekend was against last year’s champions Cheltenham. Both teams went into the game unbeaten and confidence of a win on both sides were high. Early exclusions for Lancaster allowed Cheltenham to grab a two goal lead before Alex Parsonage and Glen Robinson pulled a goal back each to end the first quarter 2-2.
The second quarter was another low scoring result with Marc Robinson the city keeper making some outstanding saves with Tom Curwen bagging two goals to finish the first half at 4-4.
Into the third quarter, Lancaster manged to take the lead with goals through Scott Sharpe and two more goals from Robinson ending the third quarter with City having two goals in hand.
The final quarter started with City defending strong, but a couple of poor defensive decision saw Cheltenham score some easy goals which put them in the lead. With just 45 seconds left on the clock city were one down, after a time out Scott Sharpe bagged his second of the game to draw the game and come away with a point.
The second game of the weekend was against home team Northumbria who’s team included current and former international players and Lancaster ex captain Neil Bowers.
Lancaster started slowly to the game and although they only conceded one through great defensive work from Robert Simpson and Ryan Pinington they missed several clear cut opportunities to take the game away from Northumbria in the early stages ending the first quarter only 2-1 ahead through Sharpe and Curwen.
The second and third quarters saw Lancaster wake up and show their oppositions their ability in front of goal winning the middle half of the game 9-4 with a mix of goals from six players including 16 year old Aaron Mason and opening a 11-5 lead.
The final quarter saw goals go back and forth resulting in a final score of 13-8 to Lancaster and more importantly two points.
Lancaster now sit second in the league only 1 point behind leaders Manchester who played each other in Cardiff on the 21st and 22nd November for top spot.
Lancaster team and scorers Marc Robinson (Gk), Graham Harrington (1), Glen Robinson (4), Rob Simpson (1), Scott Sharpe (3), Ryan Pinington, Tom Curwen (7), Alex Parsonage (4), Decland Ellwood (1), Chris Hartley