Szentes prove too tough for Brits on second day
15 January 2010
With yesterday’s 8-5 loss behind them the British Women’s Water Polo Team, powered by British Gas, were hoping to level the tie with a win against League leaders Szentes, but the strength of the Hungarian Cup winners proved too much for the Brits as they fell to an 8-3 defeat.
Szentes put the Brits on the back foot from the start of the first quarter as two shots were sent on target down the British end. Excellent saves from Rosie Morris kept the team from trailing but it was only a matter of time before the strong attack of the Hungarians penetrated the British defence.
Opportunities for the British team came and went as five shots on goal were blocked by the home side as Szentes rallied to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Vicky Bowen earned a penalty which went unconverted as Szentes continued to fire shots on target. Three more saves from Rosie Morris allowed the Brits to remain within touching distance as nine of the opposition’s shots resulted in only two goals.
Man-up situations gave the Brits a chance and they walked away from the first half with a goal to their name scored by Fran Clayton, 4-1 Szentes.
With a lot of work to do in the third quarter Great Britain came out fighting. Seven shots on target were met with a strong Hungarian defence and despite three man-up situations going in the Brits favour they were unable to find the back of the net. A goal from Szentes saw the home side edge closer to their second victory in two days.
The final eight minutes saw both teams determined to make an impact.
Angie Winstanley-Smith, Britain’s top scorer in the Hungarian National League, won a penalty for the team which was swiftly converted by Frankie Snell.
Fiona McCann made it three goals to the Brits and Jade Smith, one of Britain’s youngest players, made her debut in the Hungarian National League with a crucial save for the team. Szentes, however, were not to be denied as they scored a further three goals and wrapped up the game 8-3.
The British team will now return to Manchester where they will spend the next two weeks training at the High Performance Centre in preparation for their European qualification match against Israel on 29th January.
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