Canoeing: A splashing good result

Baldock and District canoeist Brian McCusker was in action in the second Winter Series Canoe Slalom on the River Nene at Peterborough. McCusker (pictured) was competing in the men s Division Two kayak in the final event of the year. With all divisions mix

Baldock and District canoeist Brian McCusker was in action in the second Winter Series Canoe Slalom on the River Nene at Peterborough.

McCusker (pictured) was competing in the men's Division Two kayak in the final event of the year. With all divisions mixed together for the overall title and prizes for each division and class, the 60 competitors had plenty of opportunity to impress.

On a tight course with a fast flow and confusing currents, his time was good enough for 15th overall, runner-up in the national Division Two and first divisional veteran (for paddlers over-30).

The next event is The Stone Series which takes place in Staffordshire and starts on January 21 where McCusker will be looking to keep his winning streak going.

* There were more good results for Letchworth's canoe polo team despite suffering numerous injuries at the national Division Three tournament at Luton.

The opening game saw a 2-1 loss against Lufbralumps who scored a late goal which gave the senior sports university side the win.

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Chris Morley's goal was all in vain but the rest of the tournament was a great success.

An automatic win against a non-showing Trent Tigers was followed by a 3-2 win against Loughboro A. Morley, Paul Stephens and Nigel Clark all took a goal apiece.

Next followed a tough match against St Albans F which took a long time to open the scoring.

The deadlock was finally broken by a classic shot from Morley who beat the keeper to slide the ball in the bottom corner of the net.

More goals followed from Joe Gibson and Kirsty Lenthall as Letchworth won 3-0.

The final game of the evening was against St Albans E, Morley proving to have an eye for goal again. Saints did not give up and kept firing shots at Letchworth keeper Steven Bratton.

Now halfway through the 2006-7 season, Letchworth have eight wins and only one loss, leaving them in position for the play-offs at least.