Sweet revenge for Barnstaple

Joseph Bulmer

Having gone down 8-2 away to Paignton in July, the Barnstaple Swimming Club U17 water polo team were apprehensive about a return there for their Devon KO semi final against them.

The game plan was to start steadily, but two goals apiece by captain Peter Bull and Charlie Elliott and one by Jack Sherbourne put Barnstaple 5-1 up at the end of the first quarter.

Another goal by Sherbourne and two by Haydon Lawson extended this to 7-1 at half-time.

Barnstaple suffered five sin-bin decisions against them in the second half, allowing Paignton back into the game. The home side scored six goals in the second half, but one more apiece from Elliott and Sherbourne left Barnstaple 10-7 winners.