TheBritish Water Polo League Division 3
Lancaster Salt Ayre, 7th/8th October 2017
Worthing 14, Southampton 2
Quarter Scores; – 3-0, 4-0, 3-1, 4-2
The fixture secretary of the national league produced an interesting schedule for the season that resulted in the south coast derby taking place 300 miles from home at Salt Ayre in Lancaster.
We took a squad of 12 players to play against our familiar rivals and we produced a really solid display that was based on a very good defensive display. With Marc back in goal and utilising an aggressive pressing defence, we dominated proceedings from the start and we probably should have won by a greater margin if we had taken more of the many chances that we created.
All of the squad enjoyed a good amount of water time and it always helps to have fresh players on the bench ready to come in and contribute. Stefan scored his first goal playing in the national league and Matt led the scorers with 5 but this really was a very solid team performance.
Scorers; – Matt 5, Joao 2, George 2, Richard 1, Ben 1, Stefan 1, toby 1, Alastair 1
Exclusions; – George 1, Ben 1, Stefan 1, Jacob 1.
RSunday 8th October 2017
Worthing 13, Bridgefield 7
Quarter scores; – 2-1, 4-1, 4-2, 3-3
This was always going to be difficult game against an opposition who take a very old fashioned approach to water polo. To a number of our younger squad members this was the first time that they had played in this type of match when our opponents did all they could to slow down our swimming game.
They were partly successful but we always looked in control of the match even if we didn’t play our best water polo and we eventually ran out comfortable winners.
We looked a little tired and perhaps the effort we put into the Southampton game on the Saturday, when we had played so well, had taken its toll.
Scorers; – Matt 5, George 2, Stefan 2, Joao 1, Toby 1, Jacob 1, Richard 1.
Squad in full; – Marc Guimera, Archy Burnell, George Wood, Richard Hooper, Ben Curtis, Stefan Berechet, Joao Martins, Toby Underwood, Jacob Nash, Akos Hausknect, Matt White, Alastair Hardinge.
Overall this was an excellent weekend when we secured the two wins that have taken us a stage closer to playing in Championship 2 in the second phase of the competition. This will then give us the possibility of promotion to division 2 for next season.
We complete the first phase of the competition with a busy 3 game weekend at the Haberdashers school pool in Elstree in three weeks time.