British Water Polo League Championship 2.
Hinckley Leisure Centre
March 18th/19th 2018
We travelled to the recently opened Hinckley leisure centre for the final two matches of the 2017/2018 season.
Throughout the campaign we have played a number of very close matches and this weekend was to be no different with both games really proving to be highly competitive. These are the individual match reports; –
Worthing 4, Portobello 7
Quarter scores; – 3-1, 0-0, 0-5, 1-1.
This match may have ended in defeat but it was undoubtedly one our best performances of the season. Portobello went on to win the division and are a really good team that features a large number of the current Scotland squad.
We spoke at length in advance of the match that we would have to have a tactical plan to deal with the opposition centre forward who is a consistent goal scorer. We also had a slightly unusual attacking plan that we felt might work well against this opposition and this worked particularly well at the start of the match.
Our defending was so good in the first half of the match that we only conceded one goal to the highest scoring team in the league who struggled to create any chances for the centre forward. Marc was in good form dealing with a number of the shots from distance and to lead 3-1 at the half-time break illustrated how well we had played.
We lost the match in a disappointing third period when we lost our way in defence and as a result Portobello took advantage with some excellent outside shooting.
The final period was another close affair and although we had chances to reduce the deficit we missed a number of opportunities.
We never like losing games but this was a really good team performance where everyone made a contribution and it illustrated that we are capable of competing with the higher ranked teams.
Scorers; – Joao 2, George 1, Matt 1.
Exclusions; – Archy 1, George 1, Elliot 1, Joao 1, Robbie 1, Alastair 1
Worthing 8, Cambridge 9
Quarter Scores; – 2-3, 2-3, 2-1, 2-2
This was another highly competitive match which we were desperately unlucky to lose in the final couple of minutes when George conceded a controversial penalty.
We actually had an excellent opportunity to equalize in the last 30 seconds of the match when Cambridge had a player excluded but the opposition goal keeper made the save that condemned us to a defeat by the narrowest of margins.
To be fair, we didn’t play badly but we never quite found the level of performance that we had produced on the previous day. A few unforced errors crept into our play and we were also penalized by the referees with a number of attacking reversals which were not always easy to understand. We didn’t play badly but all the squad realized that if we had played in a similar way to the previous day against Portobello we probably would have won the match relatively comfortably
Scorers; – George 3, Ben 2, Joao 2, Matt 1
Exclusions; – George 1, Joao 1, Toby 1, Akos 1, Matt 1, Alastair 1
Squad in full; – Marc Guimera (g/k), Archy Burnell, George Wood, Ben Curtis, Elliot Hurst, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Robbie Scott, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.
L-R, Elliot, Jacob, Matt, Ben, George, Archy, Akos, Marc, Joao, Toby, Robbie, Alastair Roberts, Alastair Hardinge.