Seasiders held in bruising encounter

PUBLISHED: 10:28 08 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 24 May 2010

WESTON water polo squad had a highly physical encounter in a local derby with Frome, which left the home side with two players taking an early bath, and one of the visitors joining them.

WESTON water polo squad had a highly physical encounter in a local derby with Frome, which left the home side with two players taking an early bath, and one of the visitors joining them.The Bristol and West League Division 2 match, played at Hutton Moor got off to a bruising start, after Frome opened the scoring on 21 seconds, but within a minute they had given away a penalty. Captain of the Seasiders Greg Harper's conversion attempt hit the post.Weston gave away another goal two minutes later, and despite having another man-up, were unable to make inroads on the visitors' goal.Paul Hunt, playing in his last game for Weston before returning to London, got the Seasiders off the mark soon after the start of the second quarter, only to see Frome score their third a minute later, restoring their two-goal cushion.Harper made amends for his missed penalty by scoring Weston's second, but Frome kept up pressure on the home side, netting twice more, and establishing a 5-2 lead.Alan Cummings led the fight-back, pulling it back to 5-3, and 30 seconds later his brother Mark scored from a man-up set play.In the third quarter, Weston created early pressure, but did not get any reward for their hard work. Frome counter-attacked and scored. Alan Cummings pulled another back for the Seasiders a few minutes later, but then disaster struck as Harper became embroiled in an altercation with one of the Frome players, and was judged by the referee to be the guilty party. He was excluded for the remainder of the game.For the rest of the quarter Weston failed on two occasions to make use of man-up while the visitors had players out on major fouls.Weston had to wait until after the start of the final quarter to finally grab the equaliser, which was netted by Paul Watkins, only to see it wiped out 30 seconds later as Frome again re-took the lead.The Seasiders then lost their second player, youngster Justin Beardon, who was excluded for allegedly throwing a punch. The seemed to spur Weston on and Alan Cummings netted the equaliser a minute later at 7-all, competing his personal hat-trick and giving him the mantle of man of the match. Again, Frome fought back to cancel it out and re-take the lead. Paul Watkins proved to be the hero for the Seasiders has he grabbed a late equaliser with less than two minutes for Weston to hold on to the point, and it was made certain when a Frome player was finally picked up for misconduct and excluded for the last minute. This finished the game with honours even at 8-all and a share of the points.Weston team and scorers: Justin Beardon, Paul Watkins (2), Greg Harper (captain) (1), Martin Maloney, Alan Cummings (3), Paul Hunt (1), Mark Cummings (1), Liam Coles, Sean Coles, Nick Edwards and Andy Simmonds.Several of Weston's youngsters play in the ASA Championships for Youth, in Bath, where they are turning out for Bristol Central. They are Stuart Fennell, Justin Beardon, Matthew Morgan, Tom Mitchell and David Beardon.

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