Water Polo: Under 19s follow in footsteps on under 17s

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Lancaster City Swimming and Water Polo Club’s under 19 side continued where the under 17s left off by progressing to the next round of the Boys National Championships.

The youngsters travelled to Gloucester for their preliminary round matches and were victorious against City of Manchester, Leeds Sharks and Carmarthen but tasted defeat against Cheltenham and last year’s champions City of Manchester A.

It was enough to reach the qualifying stage with plenty of those who had featured for the under 17s impressing again.

Lancaster started with a 5-2 win over Manchester, a goal from captain Lewis Peach and braces from Joel Leighton and Amr Ahmed sealing the victory.

The city side then lost 8-7 to Cheltenham. Two from Dan Fox and strikes from Joe Barker, Zak Lamb and Leighton handed Lancaster a 5-1 lead.

But the game was turned on its head in the second half and Zak Sly’s side were soon 7-5 down.

Dean Akister pulled one goal back before Lancaster missed a penalty to level things up. Cheltenham then restored their two-goal advantage before Ahmed scored Lancaster’s seventh goal.

Lancaster got back to winning ways with a 15-0 triumph over Leeds Sharks with Barker, Amhed, Peach, Lamb, Leighton, Fox, James Pratt and Adam Courtney amongst the scorers.

Their fine form continued with a 13-3 victory over Carmarthen that ensured qualification for the next stage.

Sebastian Reichel gave Lancaster a fine start before Peach, Amhed, Leighton, Lamb, Fox, Barker and Amhed got in on the act.

The final game against City of Manchester A ended in a 9-3 defeat.