It’s still all to play for ahead of the final round of the British Water Polo League’s Super Fives after a mixed weekend for the hosts at Salt Ayre Sports Centre.
The city team beat Bristol 15–8 on Saturday before a 15-12 loss at the hands of Cheltenham the following day in the third weekend of four.
Having seen one London 2012 star in Ciaran James move to France to play professionally Lancaster lost their other two Olympians Glen Robinson and Alex Parsonage sent out for misconduct over the course of the two games.
But with the city side just one point behind Cheltenham and two behind Manchester in the standings, they could still seal a 13th national title since 1996 in the final weekend of action in Guildford, Surrey at the end of January.
Coach Zak Sly said: “The team played really well but we had a bit of an issue with the referee in the second game.
“It was a good weekend but two wins would obviously have been better.
“We’d already lost Ciaran James and then Glen was sent out in the first game after the referee said he kicked someone and he was banned for the Cheltenham match.
“Alex Parsonage was then dismissed part way through the Cheltenham game so it was tough.”
Out of the pool, Sly was pleased to see so many people come down and support the club on a big weekend for the sport in the city.
He said: “The support was really good.
“For the two games we played there were a lot people watching at the pool which created a much better atmosphere.”
Sly gave special mention to 16-year-old Zak Lamb who made his national league debut in the Cheltenham match.
The weekend also played host to some women’s Super Fives action with two Lancaster players Laura and Katie Hesketh, the latter a Great Britain under 19 player, representing Liverpool Lizards in their defeats to Otter and Manchester.