Close matches for the Seasiders

PUBLISHED: 16:58 02 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010

WESTON have completed a busy weekend of water polo in the Bristol and West League, playing Swindon Dolphins and Bristol Central. Weston were always going to have to struggle against Swindon, missing captain Greg Harper, but they welcomed back Andy Simmond

WESTON have completed a busy weekend of water polo in the Bristol and West League, playing Swindon Dolphins and Bristol Central.Weston were always going to have to struggle against Swindon, missing captain Greg Harper, but they welcomed back Andy Simmonds.Swindon opened the scoring after a minute, but Paul Hunt levelled for the Seasiders a minute later. He then committed a major foul, and the Wiltshire visitors retook the lead from the man-up set play.Weston's skipper for this match and a former captain Simon Tomlinson netted to make it 2-all, Liam Coles scored to give the home side the lead for the first time, but the celebrations were short-lived as Swindon equalised shortly before the end of the quarter.Weston straight on the attack in the second quarter, and were rewarded with some good pressure with a goal by Tomlinson, but the game continued to see-saw as the visitors netted twice. Sean Coles restored the balance at 5-all through a penalty conversion just before the breakIn the third quarter, three goals came in quick succession for Weston, through Sean Coles, Tomlinson and Mark Cummings, for an 8-5 lead.Swindon fought back in the final quarter, and by the midway stage had equalised. Weston took the initiative through goals by Hunt and Sean Coles, but Swindon made it 10-9 with a minute and a half remaining.In the last minute, one of the visiting team lost their temper with Seasiders' front man Sean Coles, and he was excluded from the remainder of the match and a penalty awarded against him, which Tomlinson slotted away to give Weston the win at 11-9, and two points.Weston team and scorers: Martin Maloney, Paul Watkins, Sean Williamson, Andy Simmonds, Paul Hunt (2), Alan Cummings, Simon Tomlinson (captain) (4), Mark Cummings (1), Liam Coles (1), Sean Coles (3), Nick Edwards, Justin Beardon, Stuart Fennell.Weston Seniors next game was against Bristol Central, and again it proved a close affair, with Harper again missing, Sean Coles took over the captaincy.Simon Tomlinson netted the opening goal after 12 seconds and Central soon scored twice to take the lead, before Tomlinson scored twice to give the lead back to Weston at the end of the quarter.Liam Coles extended Weston's lead in the second quarter, but Rhys Tamlyn cancelled with two goals. Sean Coles re-established the lead in the 12th minute, and his brother struck a minute later give Weston a two goal lead at 6-4.Tamlyn struck twice in the third quarter to again equalise for the visitors. Newcomer to the Weston team, Sean Williamson scored his debut goal, having seen an earlier effort disallowed, and Weston were back in front. The visitors scored twice before the end of the quarter to take the lead.Liam Coles struck to gain his first ever hat-trick for the senior team to level the scores at 8-all, but Tamlyn put Bristol back in front.Weston's coach Mike Coles called a time-out from the restart, and set up a set play attack which resulted in his son, Sean scoring to make it 9-all, with 40 seconds remaining.Bristol went straight on the attack from the restart, and Weston's defence buckled under the pressure and Tamlyn struck for the sixth time, snatching the lead backWeston again called a time-out to try and repeat the success of their earlier one, but it was not to be and they ran out of time.Weston team and scorers: Martin Maloney and Justin Beardon, Sean Williamson (1), Paul Hunt, Andy Simmonds, Alan Cummings, Simon Tomlinson (3), Liam Coles (3), Sean Coles (capt) (2), Nick Edwards, Stuart Fennell.Refreshments were provided for both teams at The Ebdon Arms, Wick St Lawrence, after the games.Weston face Bristol University at Hutton Moor on Thursday at 9pm; they are then away to Exeter on Sunday, May 7, and at Bristol Central on May 14. Please note that on the 7th and 14th, training is cancelled at Hutton Moor.

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