Day Two in Sheffield, Not the results we wanted….

Day Two in Sheffield & a soggy Sunday…

The teams, refreshed after a good night’s sleep or for some that is, we were back at Ponds Forge pool ready for another match for each team.

Ponds Forge - Sheffield BWPL

The Saxons kicked off with their match first…against Sheffield Dolphins.

Q1 began in a flurry with Sheffield hitting the back of the Watford net within a minute or two of the first whistle. They did, however, fail to covert a man-up, and had a penalty saved by our super star goalie Chris Jones. Then a great demonstration of teamwork saw Ben Simkins score with a backhand fed in by Brasso. Sheffield pulled one back on a man-up and then a penalty, before Watford successfully hammered their own penalty past the Sheffield goalie. Q1 ended with Watford trailing 2-3.

Saxons Goalie Chris Jones saves another penalty this time v Sheffield Dolphins - BWPL 2018

Saxons Goalie Chris Jones saves another penalty this time v Sheffield Dolphins – BWPL 2018

Q2 started with Sheffield converting another man-up, but were kept from repeating this with a great save by Chris. Then a technical hitch left the table without a score and time clock, so both teams enjoyed an extended time-out while a new battery pack was sought. With players’ batteries also recharged, Brasso made a great swim up the pool, passed cross cage to Matt Irish who slammed the ball past the Sheffield goalie. Great spectator stuff! We failed to convert a man-up in the last few seconds, leaving Watford 3-4 down at Half-Time.

Q3, With some end to end swimming at the start of the quarter, the players soon settled back into the second half. Watford’s 30 second possession was used to the max, demonstrated by an impressive shot by Matt Irish from halfway out! Goal! Level pegging now at 4-4. Sheffield retaliated with two more goals, leaving Watford 4-6 down.

Into the final quarter, Sheffield were more successful with their man-ups, scoring again. Watford couldn’t match them, and before we could recover and try to match their determination, the match was taken away from the Saxons, leading to an eventual score of 4-10 to Sheffield. A lost but qualification assured into Championship Four for the second half of the season.

Watford 1sts v Caledonian
The future looked bright as Watford were awarded a penalty very early on. But a save by the Caledonian goal proved to be very costly, as the Scots raced to a 4-0 lead. Watford finally responded, with David Koncz slamming in a power shot. Failing to convert a man-up left Watford losing 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Watford made a positive start to quarter 2, saving a man down, and Andy Holt scoring on the counter. Caledonian scored on a man-up, but David responded with another power shot ( assisted by Petar), and converted a man-up. This left the scoreline at more respectable 4-6 at half time.

Caledonian scored early on in the third quarter. So step up Nandi, blasting in a shot from half way…. the opposition’s goalie didn’t even know about it! Peter Pickford kept us in the game with a great penalty save…with much cheering and clapping from the 10 or so Watford supporters. David scored from distance once again (assisted by Will) to bring Watford back into the game at 6-7 down. A bit of splashing and movement around our goal, drawing Peter out, meant Caledonian flicked in a cheeky one to end this quarter with Watford 6-8 down.

Nandi scores from Half-Way v Caledonia. Photo credit Trevor Hyde.

Nandi scores from Half-Way v Caledonia. Photo credit Trevor Hyde.

A series of goals from Caledonian saw Watford in dire straits at the start of the final quarter, as they quickly found themselves losing badly at 7-12 down. Andy stopped the rot with one great goal on a counter. After a time out, and a man down saved, Cameron fed Holt for his fourth goal, helping the Watford score line a little. But with moments left, and a final Scottish goal, the first team lost 12-9.

Not the start to the season we were hoping for but with Five games still to play in Div Two all at “Home” at Woodside & Habs Boys School, we still have a chance to make the top Five and progress into Championship One for Phase Two of the season.

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