Water Polo: Lancaster’s title fate in their own hands

Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club.
Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club.

Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club are two games away from a 13th national title after a successful weekend on home soil.

The hosts came away with three points from two games against Bristol Central and Scottish side Portobello on Saturday and Sunday at Salt Ayre.

Zak Sly’s side now know two wins against City of Manchester and league leaders Cheltenham on the final weekend of the British Water Polo League’s Super 5s in Guildford on January 24 and 25 will see them crowned champions.

On Saturday, Lancaster were 14-9 winners over Bristol in front of a bumper home crowd.

The visitors had an early advantage despite a goal from London 2012 Olympian Alex Parsonage and it continued to be a cat and mouse affair in the second quarter with Tom Curwen scoring three times for Lancaster.

It was all square at 4-4 heading into the second half but the hosts soon took control. 
Parsonage added a second before Ryan Pinington got his name on the scoresheet to put Lancaster two goals clear.

Bristol hit back but two more strikes from Curwen and Glen Robinson’s first of the weekend saw Sly’s men 9-7 to the good at the end of the third quarter.

They made sure of victory with five further goals, Decland Ellwood joining the party before Harrington and Robinson got their second goals with Parsonage adding a further two to take his tally to four for the game.

The following day Lancaster came up against a strong Portobello side and had to settle for a draw.

Two goals from Curwen and a strike from Parsonage gave Lancaster an early advantage.

Parsonage was in the goals again at the start of the second quarter but four goals from the visitors saw them roar into a two-goal lead.

Curwen and Harrington were on target either side of a Portobello goal to see Lancaster one down at the interval.

Goals from Curwen, Ellwood, Parsonage and Harrington then saw the game finely poised at 10-10 entering the final quarter.

Things were looking good for Lancaster with a hat-trick of strikes from Curwen seeing the hosts race into a three-goal lead but some sloppy defence and quick counter attacks saw the game end all square at 13-13.