Weston draw with Barbarians

Scott Bradley got six goals in the home encounter with Barbarians.

In a stormy bad-tempered Bristol and West Water Polo League Division 1 game which was played at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre Pool in front of a large crowd of spectators, the two match officials, Nash and Coles struggled to keep a lid on it to stop it boiling over.
Both teams battled it out from the start, but the final twist happened in the last 15 seconds of the game.
Scott Bradley opened the scoring for the Seasiders in a man-up power player in the second minute of the game, but the Barbarians came back to equalise soon after from their own power play with Jake Newman scoring.
Seasider’s captain, Reece Trapani regained the lead after another Barbarians player had been excluded, after the left-hander had fought through a sea of players to put the ball into the back of the net, but again the visitors beat Danny Jacobs in goal for the home side to level at 2-apiece, before beating him again a few second later, both goals coming from the Bristol captain, John Sissons, to take the lead for the first time.

John Sissons, captain of City of Bristol Barbarians.

Bradley got the Seasider’s back on level terms at 3-apiece, but Nathan Brown scored a fine powerful shot that regained the lead for Barbarians, before Bradley again grabbed an equaliser and completed his hat-trick.
The visitors scored twice without reply through Sissons and Yannis Stavrakakis to end the period 4-6 in front.
Former Weston captain, Matt Vincent lobbed the Barbarians keeper, Will Ford, soon after the start of the second period, and again Bradley found the net for the fourth time to level at 6-all, then George Forbes, back playing with Weston after a season playing for Swindon Dolphins, opened his account with his first goal to put the home team back in front at 7-6.
Sisson equalised for Barbarians, and a penalty conversion by Newman put them back in front, and this narrow lead was extended through Mike Chadwick to 7-9. Trapani pulled one back before the half-time break.
In the third period Sissons was again on hand to put the visitors two goals ahead again, before Brown further extended this to three. Sissons scored again to put the visitors four goals in front at 8-12.
Weston rallied as coach Nick Purslow rang the changes to the team, and Liam Coles scored a rocket of a shot, followed by a penalty conversion through Trapani. Chadwick tried to rally the visitors with his second goal, to take it to 10-13 at the end of the period.
So into the final period, and it was an edge of the seat job, especially after Vaughan Clarke made an error in his tackle on a Barbarians player going towards goal and a penalty was awarded against him. Up stepped the Bristol captain, Sisson, but his shot was saved from the spot by Jacobs, and the visitor’s lead was beginning to be reeled in, especially after Bradley netted his fifth goal of the game, and then completed his double hat-trick shortly after, and put Weston within one goal at 12-13.
Jonathan Roche got his first goal for the Barbarians to put them back into a two-goal lead, and it looked like time was running out for them, before Forbes battled through the Bristol defence causing their captain, Sissions, to give away a penalty and giving him his third major foul, meaning he was excluded from the remainder of the game. Forbes stepped up to the spot and coolly put the ball into the back of the net, leaving Ford no chance of saving.
With the last-minute bell sounding, Bristol had possession of the ball, and as long as they kept moving forward, they could run the clock down. However, with the ball in their half, Chadwick stopped moving forward as he looked for an opening, he was deemed to be wasting time by the officials, and possession was awarded to the Seasiders. This brought a verbal reaction from the Bristol captain, and because he was excluded from the remainder of the game, a penalty was awarded against the Bristol team.
Up stepped Forbes who again slotted away the penalty conversion with just nine seconds remaining on the clock. Bristol did try a long shot from the restart, but it was off target as the final whistle blew, giving each team one point each and stopping Barbarians going equal top with Frome and Weston behind them in third spot in the league.
The teams retired to refreshments kindly given by hosts Mandy and Steve at The Lamb in Worle High Street, who are the Seasider’s match sponsors.
Weston team and goal scorers: Danny Jacobs (goalkeeper), Matt Vincent (1), Kyle Maloney, George Forbes (3), captain Reece Trapani (3), Ed Tye, Liam Coles (1), Scott Bradley (6), Vaughan Clarke, Simon Farrance and Lewis Sloan.
Weston’s next opponents are away to Swindon Dolphins next Sunday evening. Please note that there is training next Sunday at Hutton Moor, at 6pm. New players, both old and young will be warmly welcomed to come along.