Water Polo: Manchester pull away in final quarter to deny City

The Lancaster City team and match sponsors Ajm Painting and Decorating.
The Lancaster City team and match sponsors Ajm Painting and Decorating.

Lancaster City men’s water polo team played their second group game at the weekend, this time they were up against Manchester but were beaten 10-5.

City were going in to the game on the back of a strong win last time out against Invicta and with a good home crowd in the stands they were hoping to carry the momentum into this fixture.

Both sides showed some great defence in the first quarter and with Robinson in goal, aided by Simpson and Titley, they controlled the defence well, it wasn’t until two minutes to go when Manchester broke the deadlock before Tom Curwen equalised soon after.

A late lapse in concentration allowed the away side in to score two more before the quarter was out.

The second period was again a tight affair but City were lacking their normal edge in attack with Manchester scoring twice as they opened up a 5-1 half time lead.

In the second half of the game City showed more promise with Zak Lamb and Graham Harrington causing the visitors problems.

Brown, Curwen and Pinington twice got on the score board but they could not restrict the visitors, who in turn scored a further five goals to make the final score 10-5 to Manchester.

Lancaster City’s final group game is against Portobello on Sunday, May 6 at Salt Ayre with free entry for all spectators in a game which sees the winner go through to the semi finals.