Lancaster City men’s water polo team had a tough opening fixture against Welsh Wanderers in the group stage of British Championships at Salt Ayre.
Many of the Welsh outfit are current internationals, while Lancaster, due to other commitments, had a squad of nine with current assistant coach Chris Hartley joining the bench to make up the numbers.
In the first quarter three good counter attacks by Tom Curwen and Alex Parsonage (2) enabled the home side to take a three-goal lead.
With regular substitutes Lancaster really took the game to the Welsh with Glen Robinson scoring twice. Two good goals from seven metres out by Curwen and a fast counter attack by Aaron Mason saw the City side 8-2 up at half-time.
The hosts extended their lead in the second half thanks to goals from Curwen, Parsonage and Rob Simpson,and there were another seven goals in the final quarter, with only a couple of mistakes in defence allowing the Welsh to get a few goals on the board.
The highlight of the final quarter was a fine individual goal by Ryan Pinington, who beat his defender and from an impossible angle scored a ‘look away’ back hand to complete an 18-6 victory for the City side.