Defeat leads to a debate

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by Colin Ingley

Sunday’s 22-7 home defeat at the hands of Nottingham University led to a debate and questions well into the evening that may well have implications for the future structure of Matlock Water Polo Club.

Although better than the drubbing suffered at the university earlier in the year, fundamentals were still not being followed.

“There were some good things,” said coach Richard Sellors straight after the game, before emphasising, “basics however are essential, like swimming into space, rapid arc passing and cutting out swimming lanes. We have one game left and then the close season will be welcomed with lots of hard work and development.”

Youngster Brad Thomas made a good debut for the club and was unlucky to just score one goal. Rich Massey top scored with three and Rob Lightfoot’s return was warmly welcomed after absence through illness and injury.

Meanwhile, club officials expressed concern at the changes seen in the third youngest player in the squad, namely Will Fry. After his fine tour junior performance in Belgium a few weeks ago, unconfirmed reports of him driving, having gelled hair and being in female company have worried wealthy club chairman Dave Frost, who said: “I am frightened he is going off the rails. We need to get him back on track.”

Will, who also had a large female fan club at the game, was last seen on the 21.37 Derby to Burton second class return, at the time of going to press.