Looking on the bright side

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MATLOCK Water Polo Club lost 12-9 at Leicester on Monday night but players took away a lot of comfort with their performance in a game that could have been won.

“It is strange, but I feel quite happy after a defeat,” remarked assistant coach Andy Massey afterwards. “The last two performances were dire in large parts but this display was very good a lot of the time.”

Losing 3-1 after the first session, Matlock had a bad third quarter after starting 6-4 down and missing good chances. The final session was a good one but the deficit was too much to claw back. Richard Massey put in another fine defensive display and top scored with three goals. Richard Flint and Jim Evans converted two each with Sam Pyne scoring. The club has a playing break before the last two games in October.

Great strides were made last week in mastering the new electronic scoreboard at the Arc. Wealthy club chairman Dave Frost and league recorder Reg Smith were tutored by Paul Newcomb. “My problem was looking for the slide rule, but I now realise they were abolished 30 years ago,” confessed Dave with Reg admitting: “The apparatus was fine, but I couldn’t see the referee’s signals.” Optical glass was being considered at the time of going to press.