Water Polo: Lancaster’s youth team impress in Gloucester

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

A young Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club side headed down to Gloucester for the first round of the 2014 Youth Boys National Water Polo Championships.

They had a busy day, winning four of their five games across the day to progress along with City of Manchester to face the other four teams who came through their preliminary round meets.

The city side opened with a 6-1 win over Chelmsford.

Ben Turnbull, John Pratt and Kris Eggerton gave Lancaster a three-goal lead by the end of the first half.

Lancaster continued their dominance after the break, Turnbull adding a second before Aaron Mason scored his side’s fifth.

Pratt then added a second for Lancaster’s sixth before Chelmsford pulled a goal back late on.

Lancaster were then 9-5 victors over Cheltenham.

They went behind early from a penalty but Mason soon levelled the scores on the counter attack.

Pratt put Lancaster ahead twice, with a Cheltenham goal sandwiched in between, before Mason got his second to make it 4-2.

But Cheltenham continued to prove why they were one of the favourites to progress as they reduced the arrears to one again. Dan Armstrong however restored Lancaster’s two-goal lead before an audacious shot by goalkeeper and captain Owain Llewelyn handed the city side a three-goal advantage at the break.

Cheltenham again proved they weren’t going to go away quietly pulling another goal back but Lancaster made sure of victory with goals from Pratt, Mason and Turnbull.

Cheltenham did pull a late goal back but it couldn’t prevent the city side making it two wins from two. Favourites City of Manchester then dealt Lancaster their first blow of the day with a 5-1 victory.

Lancaster were 3-1 down at the break with Turnbull on the scoresheet after countless man down situations.

Manchester then got the better of an even second half, adding two further goals to make sure of victory.

Lancaster hit back in style in game four however, seeing off Leeds Sharks 19-0. Goals came at regular intervals with Mason and Pratt, who both scored 11 across the day, and Turnbull, who got 12, all the fore.

Harry King, Stefano Cossutti, Matty Alderson and Joe Booth also got their first goals of the competition as Lancaster ran riot.

The dominant display meant that Lancaster knew victory over Paignton would seal a place in the next stage.

And the youngsters duly delivered with a 17-2 win, Eggerton, Turnbull, Pratt and Mason helping to establish a 7-1 half-time lead.

There was no let up in the second period as Lancaster joined City of Manchester, Invicta, Watford, Sheffield and Croydon in the next stage.

Team: Owain Llewelyn (capt), Stefano Cossutti, Dan Armstrong, Harry King, John Pratt, Aaron Mason, Ben Turnbull, Toby Seers, Joe Booth, Kris Eggerton, Matty Alderson.