Important point for Seasiders

PUBLISHED: 13:22 27 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 May 2010

Weston Swimming Club's water polo senior team grabbed an important Bristol & West Water Polo League point when they fought back from a four goal deficit at the halfway stage to draw the game

Weston 11 Cardiff University 11Weston Swimming Club's water polo senior team grabbed an important Bristol & West Water Polo League point when they fought back from a four goal deficit at the halfway stage to draw the game.Cardiff opened the scoring before Alan Cummings got Weston off the mark. Cardiff went on to score another three goals before Sean Coles pulled one back for the Seasiders.In the second quarter, Cardiff continued to dominate and scored after the restart. Mark Cummings netted Weston's third goal with a fantastic sling shot. From the restart, Cardiff scored again, but Sean Coles kept Weston in with a chance by getting another goal.Cardiff scored twice more, before Sean Coles netted his third, having just seen his younger brother, Liam, shoot and miss.At the start of the third period, Weston looked to be down and out as the Welsh students scored again, but this seemed to spur Weston into action, as Simon Tomlinson opened up his tally by scoring twice to pull it back to 7-10, then further goals by captain Greg Harper and Mark Cummings gave Weston a chance.Cardiff scored first in the final period before Tomlinson netted his third, and then Mark Cummings got the equaliser in the final minute.After the game, both teams enjoyed refreshments by Weston's sponsors, Ebdon Arms at Wick St Lawrence.Weston team and scorers: Martin Maloney, Paul Watkins, Sean Williamson, Greg Harper (captain) (1), Alan Cummings (1), Simon Tomlinson (3), Mark Cummings (3), Liam Coles, Sean Coles (3), Nick Edwards and Justin Beardon.Weston 10 Newton Abbot 14Newton Abbot who were relegated from Division One this year, and who were playing all of their National League players in the team, were shocked by the performance given by Weston and the visitors to Hutton Moor had to fight hard to gain the two points from this Bristol & West Water Polo League game. Paul Hunt turned out for his old team to help them.The scores were level at the end of the opening quarter, and the Seasiders led 5-4 at the halfway stage. Newton Abbot took the lead in the third quarter and kept it throughout the final period.Andy Simmonds, Weston's regular keeper had to retire injured in the third quarter after saving a shot in the second which jarred his elbow, his place was taken by Martin Maloney who kept the Seasiders in the game with some good saves.Weston team and scorers: Andy Simmonds, Sean Williamson, Paul Watkins, Greg Harper (captain) (2), Stuart Fennell, Alan Cummings (2), Martin Maloney, Mark Cummings, Liam Coles, Sean Coles (3), Paul Hunt (1), Justin Beardon (1).Weston's next league game should be a thriller. It is at home to Exeter on Thursday, April 6th, 9pm at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.Weston played a friendly against Swindon Dolphins, and went down 8-9 to a late goal by the visitors.An under-17 team playing under the name of Weston, which contained players from Bristol Central as part of continued development in the West, beat a team from Exeter 7-5, and drew with Cheltenham 3-3, and although finishing in top spot, they declared an over-age player which ruled them out of receiving the title. Cheltenham beat Exeter 6-4.Weston players: Liam Coles (captain), Justin and David Beardon, Matthew Morgan and Tom Mitchell.

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