Lancaster hammer Preston

LANCASTER proved too strong and experienced for Preston in their return league fixture earlier this month.

The Smith duo, father and son Steve and Sam, were prominent for Lancaster in the first period, both scoring twice as Lancaster took a 5-2 lead.

Lancaster counter attacked well during the second period as Ben Walker put the shackles on the Preston attack in the deep end.

Sam Smith netted first from the wing then Dean Akister broke down the middle and found the bottom corner with an accomplished finish.

Noel Howson and Scott Sharpe both added to Lancaster’s tally before Sam Smith netted his fourth of the game before the half-time whistle.

Robert Simpson and Noel Howson both scored twice in the third quarter whilst Rysz Detko also got on the scoresheet.

Nichol scored again for Preston in the shallow end, what proved to be their final goal of the game.

The final quarter continued in much the same pattern as the second period. Lancaster were too strong defensively in the deep end and Zak Sly had barely a shot of note to save.

Lancaster finished the match strongly scoring seven more goals without reply.

Last month the city’s water polo side were also convincing 19-2 winners over Blackpool at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre.

Jordan Titley made his first senior appearance joining Dean Akister and Josh Barratt in a squad of 11 players.

Ben Walker started the scoring after breaking from defence and this was soon followed by a goal from Noel Howson scoring from the centre forward position.

Blackpool kept plugging away but Robert Simpson and Steve Smith were proving too strong in defence for Blackpool’s attackers.

Taking advantage at the other end of the pool Scott Sharpe and Sam Smith extended Lancaster’s lead.

The second period saw a few basic mistakes from Blackpool as they chased the game with some risky passing.

Zak Sly had very little to do other than smother a couple of half-hearted long range shots and Lancaster duly punished the opposition scoring six more goals without reply.

Blackpool pinched the first goal of the third period with a low back hand shot sneaking inside Sly’s post and although they also snatched a second with a speculative effort catching Sly out of position, Michael Brown with a third quarter hat-trick and Robert Simpson ensured Lancaster remained in the ascendancy.

The final period was again one way traffic as far as the goal scoring went. Blackpool made the odd foray forward but their game lacked movement.

Five more goals followed for the home team with Sam Smith just managing to snatch his hat-trick goal a minute from the end.