Water Polo: Maximum points for Lancaster City on home soil

Tom Curwen. Picture: Martin Henfield
Tom Curwen. Picture: Martin Henfield

Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo club have started off 2016 as the only team to walk away with maximum points over the weekend as they took on City of Manchester and Invicta at Salt Ayre Sports Centre in the British Water Polo League Super 5s.

Lancaster now sit joint top of the league after the two wins as one of three teams level on the same points.

Lancaster’s first game of the weekend was against the previously unbeaten City of Manchester.

This all changed as Lancaster took control with Alex Parsonage bagging four goals in the first quarter. This was supported by some outstanding defensive work from the City side with Marc Robinson making some great saves as the first quarter was completed without conceding a goal.

It was a slow second quarter with both teams’ defence denying early goals, but this quarter saw the Manchester score three goals to none from Lancaster.

Lancaster went into the third quarter 4-3 ahead but the lead was increased with goals from Glen Robinson, Ryan Pinnington and Tom Curwen.

The final quarter was much more of a swimming gala with both sides working hard in defence with only one goal sneaking past the Lancaster defence as the game finished 7-4 to Lancaster.

Lancaster’s second game of the day was just five hours later against Invicta. A slow start saw Invicta score two goals in the first quarter with City drawing a blank.

By half-time Lancaster had drawn level at 3-3 with two goals from skipper Curwen and one from Parsonage.

Lancaster took a two-goal early lead at the start of the third period however Invicta hit back to draw level at 5-5 with three minutes remaining in the third period.

Lancaster managed to bag a lead going into the fourth and final quarter with a further strike from Robinson.

It was only then that the goalscoring power of Curwen and Robinson began to tell as Lancaster went further ahead to lead 9-6 with less than four minutes left.

Battling Invicta revived again, scoring two late goals by Jack Waller and Will Liddle. They called a time-out at the death but couldn’t make it count as Lancaster won the game 9-8.

The penultimate round of games take place in Luton on the weekend of January 23.