We returned to the Haberdashers School pool in Elstree earlier today for the second match this weekend in the British Water Polo League championship 2.
Having snatched a draw on the Saturday against Croydon we knew that today’s game against West London Penguin would be a very tough encounter and it proved to be the case.
Worthing 6, Penguin 16.
Quarter Scores; – 0-2, 1-5, 3-5, 2-4
We knew that this would be very difficult match against a well organised and very physical team that features a large number of talented players. We also thought that the effort made in the game on Saturday afternoon against Croydon, when we came back from a 3 goal deficit in the final period, would have taken a great deal out of the squad. This proved to be the case and we always struggled to deal with strength of the oppositions pressing game.
We actually started the game fairly well and in the first period our zone defence was frustrating Penguin and we also looked well organised in attack. As on the Saturday we failed to take our chances, particularly with a number of the opportunities that we had when the opposition had a player excluded.
In the second quarter we lost our defensive discipline and as a result Penguin scored a number of goals that really should have been avoided.
We never gave up and our willingness to counter attack resulted in Penguin committing 17 exclusion fouls but we failed to capitalise on far too many of these chances.
The final score is probably a harsh reflection of the game but we really had few complaints because we knew that we hadn’t consistently played as well as we can.
We could take a number of positives from the match including how well a number of our juniors played in the game. Henry played the final period in goal making a number of excellent saves and this gave Marc to chance score his debut goal in the national league.
Scorers; – Matt 2, Joao 2, Ben 1, Marc 1.
Exclusions; – Jacob 3, Dave 2, Archy 1, Richard 1, Joao 1, Toby 1.
Squad in full; – Marc Guimera, Archy Burnell, Henry Elwell-Sutton, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Dave Hinder, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknecht, Matt White & Alastair Hardinge.
The season continues with a very busy three match program at Grantham on the weekend of 17th/18th February.