Water Polo: Double delight for Barnstaple
10:01 21 February 2014
Men and U17s both too strong for Newton Abbot counterparts
BARNSTAPLE and Newton Abbot took it upon themselves to avoid a repeat of last year’s fixture congestion and completed a double header between their men’s and under 17 teams – despite the referees being unable to attend.
Barnstaple’s Nigel Smith and Newton Abbot’s Phil Whiting stepped in for the absent officials.
With five of the U17 starters team now plying their tade for the U19s as well, Barnstaple proved too strong for Newton, racing to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
Rob Squires scored three, Will Hutchens, Matt Binmore and Tom Hutchens picked up one each.
Barnstaple then started to play more of their younger players, with spoils shared in the second half.
Barnstaple pulled away to lead 14-5 after the third with Squires and Will Hutchens scoring twice each, with Tom Hutchens and Conor Smith also on target.
Two more goals from Smith and one each from Tom Hutchens and Binmore in the final quarter saw Barnstaple pick up a convincing 18-5 win.
The men’s game was far closer with the visitors opening the scoring before Haydn Lawson equalised.
Jack Hutchens then gave Barnstaple the lead before another pair to Newton gave them a 2-3 lead at the end of the first.
Barnstaple’s captain James Gardner equalised but Newton fired in another pair to lead 3-5 at half time.
A tiring Newton team then conceded four without reply following two goals from Sam Wordley and another each from Lawson and Tom Hutchens.
In an exciting final quarter, Newton scored again to cut the deficit to 7-6, but further goals from Jack Hutchens and Gardner gave a healthy cushion and despite Newton pulling one back the game ended 9-7 in Barum’s favour.