In a closely fought match played at Frome Leisure Centre, Frome got the upper hand over visitors Weston-super-Mare in this Bristol & West Water Polo League Division 1 game last week, winning 14-10, and taking the two points.
Frome, who have only lost one game so far this season, and that was to league leaders City of Bristol Barbarians and presently sit in second place in the league, opened the scoring through Chris Hodges. However, Reece Trapani, captain of Weston, showed superior skills to beat his defender to gain the equaliser in the third minute, and two minutes later Liam Coles scored to take Weston into the lead. This seemed to shock the home side into a response.
Frome equalised soon after the start of the second period, again from Chris Hodges. However Trapani again wiggled through to find the back of the net past Andy Perry to put Weston back in front, but this lead was short lived as Chris Hodges, one of three brothers, with Martyn and Gavin playing for Frome, again completed his hat-trick with an equaliser, and Charlie Hinder, returning from a short holiday break, regained the lead at 4-3.
Trapani got his hat-trick to put the Seasider’s back on level pegging, but they gave away three goals without reply in the remainder of the period to find themselves 7-4 down at half-time.
Chief coach Mike Coles gave his team a stiff talking to in the interval, and they game out finding with Kyle Maloney scoring from a set piece power play to pull it back to 7-5, but Hinder struck again to refresh Frome’s 3-goal cushion. He should have had more goals, but the amount of times he hit the woodwork in this period, means that the goals could do with repainting.
Liam Coles found the back of Frome’s net with a trademark power shot from the right side of the pool, to keep Weston in touch, only to see Brad Poole re-establish the 3-goal cushion with his opening goal, making it 9-6 at the interval.
At the start of the final period it looked like Frome would run away with it as they scored two goals in quick succession, but some trickery in changing tactics for Weston, with the goalkeeper restarting after the goal caught the home side on the hop, and allowed Trapani to pull back a much needed goal making it 12-7. Frome added a further two goals before Weston tried the same trick again, this time Matt Vincent was successful with a cheeky lob in the shallow end which completely foxed Perry in goal for Frome.
Vincent added a further two goals without loss to give some respectability to the scoreline at 14-10.
Weston gave a strong performance with all players giving their all.
Weston team and goal scorers: Danny Jacobs (goalkeeper), Matt Vincent (3), Kyle Maloney (1), Ed Tye, Reece Trapani (4), Liam Coles (2), Scott Bradley, Steve Etchells and Dean Bird.
The Seasider travelled to Bristol last week for a hastily arranged friendly against Bristol Harlequins, and came away with a fine 13-18 win.
Kyle Maloney was Weston’s top scorer with five goals, whilst Liam Coles grabbed four, as did Reece Trapani. Further goals by Vaughan Clarke with a hat-trick, and one each for Scott Bradley, Matt Vincent. Dean Bird had a fine game in defence, and they were backed up by Danny Jacobs in goal.