Basingstoke Waterpolo team failed to make the most of home advantage during weekend 5 of the National Waterpolo season losing all 3 games at the Aquadrome.

Poor starts to all 3 games put the team under too much pressure, the slow starts have turned in to too much of a habit for the team and they will need to put this right in the final weekend of the season in 2 weeks time at Ealing. Surprisingly Basingstoke still lie in 5th place in the league 1 point ahead of their nearest rivals Invicta Marlins of Kent.

In their 1st game against Newcastle the team were 4-1 down after the 1st period. The second period saw the team respond with the scores ending 6-3 to Newcastle. The 3rd quarter was again slack with Newcastle outscoring Basingstoke 4 goals to 2 with the scores reading 10 – 5. However the final quarter saw an excellent fight back with Ben Naylor leading the fight back for the team, they scored 4 goals without reply to pull the game back to 10 – 9. With 15 seconds remaining Basingstoke were in possession and were trying to call a time out to maximise their scoring chances. The referees failed to respond to the legitimate request and time ran out for the local side.

On reflection the team were disappointed with themselves for allowing Newcastle to get away to such a strong start and were left feeling that a better 1st quarter performance would of made a huge difference.

The second game saw Basingstoke pitched against Scottish champs Portobello, the only team in the league with an unbeaten record. Not surprisingly the Scottish champs were in control throughout the game winning 19 – 6.

The last game of the weekend saw the local lads playing Invicta Marlins of Kent. Basingstoke had previously beaten Invicta 8 – 7 in weekend 2 and were hoping for a repeat of this. Again another slow start saw the home side trailing by 3 goals to 1. At the half way stage the positions were maintained with Basingstoke trailing 5 – 2. A better 3rd quarter by the team saw them pull Invicta back to 6 – 3, again Ben Naylor, Steve Fairhead and Gav Bridger were the pick of the local players putting in strong performances. The last quarter saw the local team fade away losing the quarter 4 -2 and the game 10 – 6.

Basingstoke now travel to Ealing in London for the 6th and final round of the National League weekend with games against Bristol University and British Armed Forces. For the team to stand any chance of maintaining the current league position they will need to win both games.

The local members of the team are Steve Paton, Steve Fairhead, Gavin Bridger, Paul Adams, Ben Naylor and Neil Ingram.

Team Goal diff Points
Portobello +103 20
Sheffield +48 17
Bristol Uni +18 14
Bedford +17 13
Basingstoke -15 9
Invicta Marlins -43 6
BAF -47 5
Jersey -76 4
Newcastle -5 -1

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