WATER POLO: Sellars strike seals Spalding’s success

FIRST WIN: A clutch of Spalding Water Polo Club's players are pictured at the Castle Sports Complex. Photo: SG040912-217MD
FIRST WIN: A clutch of Spalding Water Polo Club's players are pictured at the Castle Sports Complex. Photo: SG040912-217MD
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Spalding Water Polo Club got their East Midlands League campaign up and running with a dramatic 6-5 win over Kettering A in their first home fixture of the campaign.

Kettering pressed hard from the start, playing a fast, physical game and opened up a two-goal lead by the end of the first two quarters,

That was, despite a strong effort in defence from Nick Rickett, Adam Sellars and James Teesdale, coupled with a string of extraordinary saves from Jon Davis in net, which held off the brunt of the offensive pressure.

But Spalding’s fitness began to pay dividends in the second half, with the Marsters brothers Ben and Tom and Carpenter causing havoc along the wings, while Steve Rogers and Olly Favell created problems for the opposition in the middle.

Carpenter narrowed the margin to one with a flick shot off a Sellars long ball, before following up with a flamboyant pass in front of net which Seymour converted confidently for his first league goal to even the score at 2-2. At this juncture the match became a run and gun affair, with the teams trading goal for goal.

Ben Marsters’ showed great strength in the pit to set up a Teesdale goal, then buried his own rebound later in the third.

Carpenter scored on a backshot early in the fourth quarter before Kettering levelled the score at 5-5.

Then, in the dying seconds, Sellars, returning to the water after serving a penalty for a foul, found a gap in the Kettering defence and scored from range, topping off a confident 6-5 win for Spalding.