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York City Water Polo Club top of national league
11:40am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Sport
York City Water Polo Club are top of the British National League after extending their 100 per cent start to the season to four matches.
York City maintained their fantastic form with a convincing victory over Sheffield Dolphins and a hard-fought win against Basildon.
The brace of wins in Sheffield – 16-6 over the Dolphins and 11-8 against Basildon – mean York are the only team with a 100 per cent record.
The Sheffield game saw York’s kingpin Kevin Clarkson join both his sons, Toby and Eddy, in the pool. A fabulous first quarter hat-trick from Danny Rippon helped York race to a 6-0 lead inside the first seven minutes and they continued to score freely throughout the second quarter. The only goal for Sheffield came with seconds remaining and the half ended with York leading 10-1.
The second half proved to be a little frustrating as York’s fluency was affected by some over-zealous officiating.
’Keeper Andy Morris was kept busy as a Sheffield penalty was retaken three times – and he saved all three attempts. Chris Burns added to his two first-half goals and became York’s second hat-trick hero, before relinquishing his man-of-the match award to Danny Rippon with an uncharacteristic show of dissent. The ten-goal margin did not accurately reflect York’s dominance.
The other scorers were Nick Boaz (2), Jonathan Birkby (2), Ben Pacey (2), Toby Clarkson (2), Eddy Clarkson and Joe Rippon.
York made a slow start against an experienced Basildon side the following day. Danny Rippon opened the scoring, but Basildon soon struck back.
Defences were in control until some determined work from Boaz produced a fine goal from close range and the first quarter ended with the score 2-1 in York’s favour.
Basildon fought back in the second quarter. York wasted a few opportunities in front of goal and their opponents took full advantage, outscoring York by four goals to two. Strikes from Joseph Marshall and Boaz keeping York in touch.
Starting the second half with renewed vigour, Boaz struck twice, taking his personal tally to four goals, and York regained the lead. Birkby added another goal, but Basildon fought back to level the score at 8-8 with only minutes remaining. York remained composed, disciplined and clinical. Playing on the counter-attack, goals from Toby Clarkson, Pacey and Danny Rippon – completing his second hatrick of the weekend – sealed a well-deserved win.
Club spokesman Lee Toomey said: “York could not have envisioned such a strong start to their return to the National League, but know that they will face a tough time in the next round of games.”
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The club hold youth sessions each Sunday at St Peter’s School from 6.30pm and senior sessions at Archbishop Holgate’s School on Thursdays from 8.30pm.
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