by Colin Ingley
Matlock Water Polo Club’s 17-6 home defeat to South Derbyshire on Saturday marked the end of an involved 2011 campaign, and was a game that highlighted many of the problems Matlock have suffered from this year, in front of a near capacity and vociferous home crowd.
In a line similarly used in “The Damned United” but more politely delivered in training the following night, coach Richard Sellors spelled out what marks a line drawn in the sand to start a new era. “All that we have done in polo can now be swept aside (not put in the nearest bin). We are back to basics and moving on.”
Once again caught repeatedly on the break when awareness and passing broke down, Matlock admittedly faced a very good team with the excellent Sam Weedon scoring repeatedly and young Ryan Reader showing far more class than his goalkeeper and ex-Matlock player father, to score his debut senior goal.
Adam Ellis scored four for the home side with Alex Bonsall pleasingly scoring his second for the club. A large candlelight meal at the Red Lion and karaoke at the Boat House, ended the season’s celebrations.
Tom Barratt’s failed attempt to obtain a Dale Road pizza after a large pie, considering his diminutive stature, will be debated at the next club welfare meeting.
Matlock play a Manchester University side in a friendly at the Arc on Sunday. Season tickets are still valid before the start of the new year.