Brits fall to Szeged in tough encounter
19 February 2011
The British Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, saw their unbeaten run come to an end earlier today as they fell to a 16-12 defeat at the hands of Hungarian club side Szeged.
Despite eight of the team getting on the score sheet, Britain were unable to walk away with the result they wanted as Szeged’s attack showed their strength and skill with Petra Dalmady and Ildiko Toth putting away five goals each.
Going 2-0 down early on didn’t damper the spirits of the Brits as top scorer Angie Winstanley-Smith found the back of the net to bring the team back to within one and Becky Kershaw responded to a third goal from the opposition.
Fran Clayton added to the tally but Szeged held a 5-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Striking early on in the second, Szeged continued with their dominance as they went on to score three goals in succession before Kershaw fired back with her second goal of the match.
Attempts on goal from Frankie Snell, Chloe Wilcox and Fiona McCann went unrewarded as the on-target shots were saved.
Snell’s persistence in the third quarter was rewarded as she fired in two goals for Britain. Fran Leighton and Aine Hoy added to the goal tally, but Szeged still held a strong lead over the Brits as the penultimate quarter ended 14-8 in favour of the Hungarians.
Two further goals from Winstanley-Smith left the Brits trailing 16-10 with two minutes remaining on the clock, but it proved too much as goals from Vicky Bowen and Ciara Gibson were not enough to claim victory with the match ending 16-12.
The team will look to avenge the loss when they face Szeged again tomorrow morning.