Lancaster still in the running

The Lancaster City Swimming and Water polo Club men’s team is still on track to win the 2014/2015 British Water Polo season after they played two more games at their home pool and came away with 3 points.

The Lancaster team, who are missing Scott Sharpe due to an injury played Bristol Central on Saturday and behind them was a big crowd of home supporters. In the opening quarter a quick goal from Bristol opened the scores but it didn’t take long for Alex Parsonage to bounce back and score his first goal of the game. Another goal from Bristol in first quarter put them back in the lead followed by six exclusions, five for Bristol and one for Lancaster.

The next quarter was a cat and mouse fight; Tom Curwen scoring three goals for Lancaster, but not before Bristol matched every goal that Curwen scored.  Another heavy quarter on the exclusions, just two for Lancaster but four for Bristol, with Lancaster not able to convert the exclusions into vital goals.

At half time Coach Zak Sly gave a team talk to get the players ready for the final half and the big crowd showed their support. Going into the third quarter it was an even 4-4, but that wasn’t the case for long, Parsonage added his second goal of the game and Ryan Pinington not wanting to miss out on upping his tally scored a post shot goal on a man up, taking the home team forward by two goals.

Bristol hit back with three more goals but a strong defence from Robert Simpson, David Teasdale and Lewis Peach  and Marc Robinson in goal denied them of any more goals. Curwen added two more goals, Glen Robinson put away his first goal of the game to finish the third quarter 9 – 7

With a two goal lead Lancaster knew they had to fight till the end in the last quarter and they did that with five goals spared out; Decland Ellwood turned the pit attacker and put it over the Bristol’s goalkeeper head to score his first goal; Harrington, Robinson scored another goal each and Parsonage ended up taking his tally up to four after putting two more away. Bristol fought back with two goals but this was not enough and the final score was 14 – 9.

On Sunday Lancaster came up against a strong Scottish Portobello team. Coach Zak also decided to change the starting line up a bit; starting with 16 year old Owian Llewellyn in goal and Decland Ellwood in a double pit with Roger Kenddedy.

Curwen and Parsonage opened the scoring with a goal each and Curwen added a further goal later on in the quarter. Two quick goals snuck in past Llewellyn but the team were confident in Llewellyn and knew they had to tighten up the defence to support the young goalkeeper.

The second quarter started off with another quick goal from Parsonage followed by four goals from the Scottish side giving them a two goal lead, Curwen pulled a goal back but another goal from Portobello took them back to their two goal lead before Harrington scored in the final seconds to cut Portobello’s lead by one.

The third quarter was another tale of two halfs; with Llewellyns confidence growing and pulling off some fine saves including a one on one, the Lancaster team managed to claw the game back to 10-10 at the end of the third quarter with Curwen, Ellwood, Parsonage and Harrington all scoring a goal each.

In final quarter Lancaster went into a three goal lead with Curwen scoring a hatrick of goals, but some weak defence work and some quick counter attacks form Portobello saw the game finish in a 13-13 draw.

The weekends results put Lancaster in a good position for the final weekend; Lancaster need two wins from their final two games to be crowned champions; but this won’t be walk in the park as they come up against last year champions City of Manchester and leaders of the league Cheltenham.

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