Water Polo: Lancaster make it back-to-back wins over Sheffield

Tom Curwen in action for Lancaster against City of Sheffield. Picture: Sam Wallis @ www.sweetjamphotography.co.uk
Tom Curwen in action for Lancaster against City of Sheffield. Picture: Sam Wallis @ www.sweetjamphotography.co.uk
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Lancaster made it back-to-back wins over Sheffield in the British Water Polo Championships on Sunday.

Zak Sly’s city side backed up a 15-10 win on home soil two weeks earlier with a 16-5 victory in Yorkshire on February 15.

The game started off with an early exclusion for Lancaster’s Neil Bowers but a strong defence and a good save from Marc Robinson denied the home team an early advantage.

A quick counter attack from Ryan Pinington saw a Sheffield exclusion which allowed London 2012 Olympian Alex Parsonage to open the scoring for Lancaster.

Some hard work from the visiting defence denied Sheffield a goal in the first quarter with Parsonage hitting the back of the next for a second time.

Two goals from captain Tom Curwen and one from Glen Robinson meant it was 5-0 at the end of the quarter.

The start of the second quarter saw an early exclusion on Sheffield with Curwen converting.

Two quick goals and a penalty given away by Lewis Peach saw Sheffield put three goals away and give their home support something to cheer about but Parsonage, Ellwood and Perkins each scored one apiece to bring the score to 9–3 by half time.

Sheffield drew another blank in the third quarter with another two goals from Curwen and goals for Ellwood and Bowers putting Lancaster 13-3 up.

In the final quarter Parsonage banged in another two goals and Roger Kennedy got his name on the scoresheet with two Sheffield consolations bringing the final score to 16-5.

This Sunday, February 22, Lancaster host Invicta at Salt Ayre when they will be without captain Curwen and coach Sly. Ron Winn will return to run the side.

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