by Colin Ingley
After the pleasing display against Leicester the previous Sunday, Matlock’s improvement came to a sudden halt this week despite achieving one win out of the two games played.
Last Wednesday, they side travelled to new league side Hinckley and managed a 9-8 win with a performance that showed courage and character to hang on in there.
No other nice things can be said about what was a reprehensible night for the club and water polo in general.
A highly physical, verbally aggressive encounter ended with the home side even refusing to shake hands, give the traditional three cheers and indeed booed afterwards.
Matlock reduced themselves to their level and tried hard not to lose the physical battle. Hinckley had one player excluded for the offence of brutality and could have had several more join him.
On Sunday, Matlock travelled to rivals South Derbyshire but never turned up as a playing side. The eventual 23-2 losing scoreline was an entirely accurate reflection of the pattern of the game and led to coach Richard Sellors speaking to the team long after the final whistle had sounded.
Matlock hope and need to move on this week. On Monday, they make the trip to Bingham in the handicap cup.
At the Lido on Saturday, a mini-competition involving an old and young Matlock and two other sides will compete in memory of our friend Rob Soppitt, who was lost to us 20 years ago.