Water Polo: Lancaster pick up big British Championship win in front of bumper home crowd

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

Lancaster City picked up a big British Water Polo Championship win over City of Sheffield in front of a bumper Salt Ayre crowd on Sunday.

Playing their first home game of the championship Zak Sly’s charges bounced back from defeat to Cheltenham in their opening game with a 15-10 victory.

Having been depleted a couple of weeks ago Lancaster were at full strength with Commonwealth gold medalists Tom Curwen and Glen Robinson in action as well as having Neil Bowers on his return after five years.

The hosts, who have also signed up former Great Britain junior Brett Perkins, scored on their opening attack through a fierce backhand from Robinson.

Two from London 2012 Olympian Alex Parsonage made it three before Curwen added Lancaster’s fourth.

Sheffield got off the mark through a goal from another Commonwealth champion Chris Armstrong before Perkins got his first goal for Lancaster.

The visitors got a second before the opening quarter was done with Joel Abbot scoring against his former club to make it 5-2.

The second quarter started with a couple of Lancaster exclusions but some great defensive work from Robert Simpson, backed up by some outstanding saves from Marc Robinson, denied Sheffield.

A quick counter-attack and a great pass from Ryan Pinington allowed Roger Kennedy to score his first of the game with Curwen and Parsonage soon adding to their tallies.

Sheffield scored a couple of goals late in the half to bring the score to 8–4 at half-time.

The third quarter saw Owain Llewellyn take over in goal and he made some good saves as Lancaster added a further five goals.

Curwen got three more, Kennedy two and Parsonage one to put Lancaster in a commanding position with a 14-9 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter sprung something of a surprise with just the two goals scored, one for each side.

Curwen was on target for Lancaster as excellent defensive work from Bowers, Lewis Peach and David Fox saw the Salt Ayre side to a 15-10 win.

Lancaster head to Sheffield on Sunday, February 15, with their next home game at Salt Ayre seven days later against London side Invicta on Sunday, February 22, from 12.30pm.

Lancaster: M Robinson, Teasdale, G Robinson, Simpson, Peach, Pinington, Curwen, Kennedy, Parsonage, Ellwood, Bowers, Perkins, Llewellyn.