Narrow win for Welsh Wanderers over visitors Exeter in the Premier League

By | March 11, 2019

In their first game of the season, Welsh Wanderers men enjoyed a very narrow win against Exeter at Cardiff International Pool in the Premier League match of the Bristol and West Water Polo League.

The lead changed hands on a number of occasions in what was a hard fought and closely contested match, which should benefit both teams in their final BWPL weekend at Haberdasher’s school, starting Saturday.

The long trip from Devon didn’t seem to affect Exeter in the first quarter, as they moved into an early lead 2-3 lead . Goals from Heagarty and Cutting and a long shot from Kam Powell for Exeter  were countered by goals from Gilmore and Laxton. The second quarter was a tight affair with goals going in at both ends and the teams tied at 7-7 at half time.

In the third quarter, the Wanderers went into a three-goal lead with Joe Jenkins-Delf, Matthew Griffiths and an extra-man shot from Adam Jerrett finding the net, but Darren Heagarty of Exeter narrowed the gap to two just before the end of the quarter, his fifth of the game.  

The final quarter started with two more goals from Heagarty  and one from Ceri Griffiths, keeping Wanderers in a one goal lead. They then took control with three unanswered goals from  Laxton, Jerrett and Matthew Griffiths. Exeter hit back with a shot from the arc by Powell but Wanderers looked to have settled the match with Jenkins-Delf’s third goal with 2:34 to go and a four-goal lead.

Exeter though kept attacking and a goal from Cutting and two more from Heagarty, giving him 9 for the match, brought them back to 15-14. But with only 3 seconds left,  the Wanderers were able to hold out for the win.  

A word also for Rhys Tamlyn,  who had the difficult job of refereeing a tough match on his own but ensured that the game was a very good contest.