Weston Water Polo entertained Cwm Draig from Aberdare at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre on Sunday evening, but were disappointed with losing to the visitors 8-10 in this Bristol & West Water Polo League game.
Weston were without key player Liam Coles, and because of this lacked firepower up front. However, they were awarded a penalty early in the period, and captain Reece Trapani stepped up to take the shot, only to see if saved by the Cwm Draig keeper, Nathan Geary.
A few seconds later, at the other end of the pool, Weston’s Vaughan Clarke conceded a penalty and Hungarian, Kristof Urban duly converted to give the visitors the lead.
Stefan Geary in attack for Cwm Draig, scored two goals in quick succession to open up a three goal lead, and Urban added a fourth before Steve Etchells grabbed one for the Seasiders shortly before the end of the quarter to make it 1-4.
Weston were on the ropes in the second half, so much so that they failed to score any goals, whilst Stefan Geary netted his third for Cwm Draig, and Jacob Edwards added a further two to take it to 1-7.
Weston revived slightly at the start of the third period with Trapani converting a penalty early on, and then scoring again from a fine back-handed shot. However the defence could not contain the Welshmen, who scored a further three goals to take their tally to 10, but now appeared to be tiring, having played a match at Swansea early in the day, and Weston took advantage of this! They started to score through Clarke, and then two quick goals through Matt Vincent, including another superb back-hander to make it 6-10. Weston were closing the gap!
The Seasider’s started well enough in the final period with Kyle Maloney, playing with a broken thumb, scoring to pull it back to 7-10. Dean Bird, netted only his second ever league goal for Weston, scrambled the ball over the line shortly before the end of the period, before getting himself excluded with only 20 seconds left on the clocks.
Weston left it too late for the rally, and as such gave the first points to Cwm Draig for this season.
The Seasider’s next outing in the league will be on Thursday, May 9th, when they make the short journey over The Mendips to face fellow Somerset team, Frome, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2018, but have not lost so far this season.