Late goal gives Seasiders victory

PUBLISHED: 19:01 06 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:15 24 May 2010

WESTON had a memorable encounter with Swindon Dolphins in the Bristol West Water Polo League, with the Seasiders gaining a

WESTON had a memorable encounter with Swindon Dolphins in the Bristol West Water Polo League, with the Seasiders gaining a victory by just one goal in a high scoring game, 18-17.Weston had drawn 18-all with this team in their away leg, so it made victory even sweeter.Swindon opened the scoring in the first period, but Weston had taken control by the end of it to lead 4-2 with goals for Chris Taylor, skipper Greg Harper, Stuart Fennell and Jon Edwards.In the second period the visitors were always closely behind, but the home side kept in front to lead 8-6 at the half-time interval. Taylor added a further two goals to his tally, Carl Wyatt and Sean Coles were the other scorers.The third period followed the same pattern as the second, but Weston were still ahead at the end of it, despite Swindon getting the equaliser on a couple of occasions, 13-12. Jon Edwards got two goals, as did Taylor, and Wyatt added the fifth.Excitement really began to build and the game was a nip and tuck affair, with the Seasiders just having the edge. Swindon had players majored out of the game which affected their run in, as Weston got the decisive goal one minute from the full-time whistle, and they shut up shop to keep that lead.Taylor got another two goals, with the others coming from Liam Coles, Jon Edwards and Wyatt.Man of the match was Justin Beardon, in goal for Weston, who made some excellent saves. The game was excellently refereed by Chris Ducker of Bath and Jason Queterio of Saltash, Cornwall.Weston team and goal scorers were Justin Beardon, Jon Edwards (4), Martin Maloney (player-coach), Greg Harper (captain) (1), Chris Taylor (7), Stuart Fennell (1), Mark Cummings, Liam Coles, Sean Coles, Nick Edwards, Matthew Morgan and Carl Wyatt.Weston players Justin and David Beardon, Matthew Norton and Stuart Fennell were part of a Bristol Central side that travelled to Manchester Aquatic Centre to take part in semi-final and finals of the Youth Boys age group of the ASA club championships. They beat Invicta of Kent 16-12 in the semis to get into a final against Lancaster, but finished as the runners-up after losing 19-7.The side was coached by Weston's club captain, Greg Harper. The event was organised by Mike Coles, Weston's chief coach, who is also the ASA's competition administrator, and who is presently part of the administrative staff running the European championships, which take place over the coming weeks at Manchester Aquatic Centre. His wife, Joy, was one of the table officials at the club championships, and has been selected to be part of the officials at the European competition.Further international honours for Weston Swimming Club were announced this week when Stuart Fennell was selected for the Great Britain Youth Men team travelling to Bulgaria for an international tournament.Stuart, who is also a member of Bristol Central senior men team, together with Sean Coles and Greg Harper, plays for Weston first team in the local league competition.

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