Super performances see Lancaster into top league

Lancaster City Water Polo Club v Invicta. Picture: Martin Henfield, Glen Robinson.
Lancaster City Water Polo Club v Invicta. Picture: Martin Henfield, Glen Robinson.

Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club have continued their progress in the British Water Polo League by making it to the Super Fives, the Premiership of water polo.

They start in just two weeks after completing the final weekend of phase one in Cardiff.

Lancaster will take on North West rivals City of Manchester, current BWPL champions Cheltenham, Bristol and first time in the Super Fvies Invicta.

Lancaster currently have thirteen national titles, more than the other four teams in Super Fives put together.

It has not been an easy year for the club, with their head coach Ron Winn passing away, but the team have pulled together and worked hard; helped by the return of Chris Hartley.

At the weekend in Cardiff, Lancaster City lost out to City of Manchester after leading all the way up to the final minutes of the game, losing out by just one goal. Tom Curwen (2), Graham Harrington (2), Glen Robinson and Scott Sharpe scored the goals.

On Sunday, Lancaster were in action twice, starting with an 18-8 win over Scottish team Caledonia.

The goals were spread out with Alex Parsonage scoring six, Curwen, Harrington and Robinson three each and Chris Hartley, Scott Sharp and Jordan Titley scoring with one apiece.

The final game on Sunday was disappointing for Lancaster; after only a three hour rest between gamesthey played a fresh Invicta side.

They led throughout the game until the last minute when Invicta went a goal up.

Within 50 seconds four time-outs were taken and Lancaster managed to equalise to scrape a draw.

Their scorers were Curwen with four, Robinson and Sharpe with two each, Hartley and Ryan Pinington each scoring one goal.