Team: Ben, Geoff, Mike, Mick, Spencer, Dean, Richard, Will and Bushy

Basingstoke B 12, Southampton 15

The last time we play against Soton at The Quays we won 19-17, but it was a long time ago, so long in fact that only Ben, Geoff and Bushy played in the last match. The new team members were still finding their way, Richard was finding his way round the West Quay Retail Park, but eventually joined us for the start. And what a start for our first game since the Christmas break. First one all, with an early goal from Mick, then 2 all. And Mick stepped up to take a penalty for Bluefins, but nerves got the better of him and Soton picked up the rebound. Soton then nudged ahead, but Basingstoke fought back and the quarter finished 5 all in a fast paced start.

The second quarter calmed considerably as Basingstoke settled into the tactics for the rather short but wide diving pit, where Soton play their B team games. It makes for fast quick end to end play, with the key being anticipation. Which Richard showed in abundance, stopping some tricky long range shots,
leaving the quarter 7-6 in Basingstoke's favour. One quarter to the Bluefins

The third quarter saw a keeper switch from Soton, negating our long range shots which had been so successful in earlier quarters. Basingstoke held their
nerve, but just couldn't seem to beat the new keeper from range. This was the worst quarter by far as Soton came back to make it 13-8 to the home side. One quarter each

The pressure was on, going into the last quarter. Basingstoke kept it together, finally finding some weaknesses in the Soton keeper. Team spirit was high and there was some great swimming from all the guys, notably from Will, who also swam well in last nights team relay. The final score was Soton 15 Basingstoke 12, which was a 4-2 win in this quarter for Basingstoke. My maths, makes that 1 drawn quarter. 1 to Soton and 2 to Basingstoke. So overall a Basingstoke win on quarters!!!

Man of the match: Will for a great first match Donkey of the match: Mick, for shouting 11 is mine as number 11 scores for Soton

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