Great win lifts spirits

Gerry O'Rourke, Matlock Water Polo Club.
Gerry O'Rourke, Matlock Water Polo Club.

by Colin Ingley

An unexpected first win of the season for Matlock Water Polo Club on Sunday night at home to Nottingham University has more than made up for a 26-6 defeat at Hucknall last Thursday that left heads a bit down and people questioning their ability.

Club president Jim Evans was not unhappy after Thursday’s defeat as he tried to rationalise the situation. “Getting aspects of the game right is a result at present. We played a very good side who would compete at a very high level.” Adam Ellis marked his first appearance of the season with three goals and it was good to see him back. Martin Beeson’s superb early long distance lob proved to be the goal of the game.

Sunday’s game was only arranged in midweek after the university side was re-admitted to the league following a two-month exclusion.

Matlock were dominant from the start and at times played some excellent polo, without ever really letting their opponents into the game.

The eventual 16-7 victory was achieved by teenager Luke Elliott’s best return so far with seven goals and a slightly older Gerry O’Rourke doing the same with five.

Fine defensive play by Martin Beeson and goalkeeper Tom Illingworth allowed the side to attack with confidence and secure the win.

Hinckley visit the Arc on Sunday and the following day Matlock travel to Bingham. It is hoped that at least one win will come out of these games and help continue the confidence and good spirit evident last Sunday. Tickets are still available although last Sunday’s large crowd indicates that the home match may end up being near capacity.

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