Cheltenham water polo picked up their first points of the season over the weekend, following a dire start in their previous two fixtures. The current Division 1 champions were victorious at Luton sports village, overcoming both Invicta and Sheffield by two goal margins and securing a draw against league leaders Solihull.
A 14-12 victory against Invicta started the weekend’s campaign, with Cheltenham going into half time 10-5 up. They secured victory when Invicta lost two players after both Pearson and Jackson conceded three personal fouls each and they comfortably saw out the victory. Sunday morning arguably brought there toughest challenge of the weekend, Solihull. They are in fine scoring form netting 58 goals from 5 matches so far. Cheltenham were held to a draw heading into the final quarter 8-6 but could not see out the victory conceding the equalizing goal within the last minute of play. Then they faced Sheffield, who now sit second in the league just a point above Cheltenham. A highly contested game with Sheffield bringing the score level from behind on four occasions. But Cheltenham’s squad strength was highlighted in the final quarter, when they managed to keep Sheffield’s top scoring pit attacker Abbot from getting onto the score sheet, stifling the Sheffield attack at its source.
They will now look to the next and final set of fixtures of 2017 on the 25th and 26th of November at the Lancaster Salt Ayre pool.