An improved performance

by Colin Ingley

Thursday’s 12-8 defeat at Nottingham University was a good, improving performance by Matlock Water Polo Club that has a better look to it than the 27-1 loss in the same fixture just over a year ago.

“Once again, one quarter badly let us down,” commented assistant coach Andy Massey. “We didn’t lose any sessions, except the second quarter, which we lost 5-0. This has to stop if we are to succeed.”

Despite the improvement in performances, two league defeats leaves the club at the foot of the table and last month’s Handicap Cup elimination means Sunday night’s home Knockout Cup tie with South Derbyshire is conceivably the last chance of silverware.

Last night’s league clash with South Derbyshire will be reported on in next week’s Mercury.

In a busy week, low responses to the proposed September south-west tour prompted a questionnaire and discussion last Sunday.

“The physiques of club members is a factor it seems, in terms of venue chosen. With six-packs and definition thought to be required for Newquay surfing, other venue suggestions are being sought in keeping with body type,” claimed a club insider. Lytham St Annes, Morecambe and Eastbourne were purported to be the new favourites at the time of going to press.