Water Polo: Lancaster bid to seal 13th national league title

Glen Robinson.
Glen Robinson.

Lancaster City need two wins this weekend to seal a 13th British Water Polo League title.

The city club face City of Manchester on Saturday and Cheltenham on Sunday in the final weekend of Super 5s action in Guildford.

Zak Sly’s charges go into the games on the back of a slow start to the new-look British Championships with defeat to reigning champions Cheltenham in Gloucester on Saturday.

Lancaster, nine-time British Champions themselves, were under strength in the 24-15 defeat but will have more options at their disposal in Surrey this weekend including a return for veteran Chris Hartley.

Sly said: “Although we had a loss against Cheltenham last weekend am confident we can beat them in the final weekend of the BWPL when we are back to full strength.

“It will also be good having the return of Chris Harley and all his knowledge.”

The trip to Gloucester at the weekend marked the first game of the new-look championships.

The competition used to be played over two weekends at a central venue in Manchester but the new format means home and away fixtures with the number of game weekends moving from two to seven.

In the opening game Sly’s side had just nine players to Cheltenham’s 13.

With one of Lancaster’s top scorers Tom Curwen unable to attended the city club’s two London 2012 Olympians led the scoring with Alex Parsonage scoring nine and Glen Robinson four.

The young side also included last year’s youngest senior player, 15-year-old Aaron Mason and first time senior player Stefan Cossutti, 16.

Robert Simpson also stepped into the starting seven and played a solid game.

After the Super 5s finale in Guildford, Lancaster will host their British Championships weekend on Sunday, February 1, with the action starting at noon at Salt Ayre Sports Centre.

The city side are hoping for a big home crowd with entry priced £2 for adults and £1 for children.