A cup victory to remember

by Colin Ingley

Matlock Water Polo Club’s handicap cup victory at Bingham on Monday night has been hailed as one of the club’s finest performances in recent years.

The two-and-a-half-goal advantage at the start was not needed by the visiting team as the 13-7 scoreline on the night demonstrated the eventual overwhelming dominance of the side. Good victories in recent years have been often due to sparkling individual displays by star players but this was a fine, disciplined team performance in every sense.

“We played a full press on their players throughout as we felt their individuals needed space to play. We eliminated unnecessary fouls and negated their best player. Our defensive man down play was excellent and our man up attacking was almost perfect. We were mentally prepared for a game we refused to lose,” enthused coach Richard Sellors afterwards.

Richard Flint top scored with a goal in each quarter and Martin Beeson scored three in the last after producing an excellent defensive display.

Saturday’s Rob Soppitt memorial tournament was a great success with Hucknall claiming the ten-pint barrel of beer trophy. Despite a super injunction being imposed to project the person having three helpings of sausage, chips and beans at the social afterwards, the name of Jack Wood was leaked to the press shortly afterwards. ather Barry refused afterwards to sing his usual Agadoo and Superman numbers as a protective protest at the subsequent karaoke.