Invicta's Freddie Pearson bagged 10 goals in five games as England's U17 boys' water polo team finished fourth in the Baltic Amadeus Trophy in Lithuania.
The England talent squad were ‘playing up’ against national U18 sides from the Baltic states but more than held their own, progressing through the group stage in second place to set up a semi-final clash with Lithuania.
A 10-5 victory in the opener against Polish domestic side Lodz was followed by a hard-fought 7-6 defeat of Finland with Joe Jenkins-Delf scoring a hat-trick in both games and Pearson adding three against Lodz and two against the Finns.
Moldova handed the English youngsters their first defeat of the competition with an 8-6 win in the final group stage match, meaning the Three Lions faced Group B winners in their semi-final.
The hosts ultimately proved too strong in in Kaunas, putting 11 goals past the English boys responding with a double from John Pratt and four solitary efforts from Pearson, Nick Armitage-Bond, Aaron Mason and Alex Waller in an 11-6 defeat.
England took on Moldova for the second time in the bronze medal match and while the English scored freely with Pearson notching four, Pratt adding another three and captain Ben Ray scoring twice, Moldova once again edged the match with a 13-12 win.
ENGLAND U17 TEAM FOR 2015 BALTIC AMADEUS TROPHY
- Bill Moores (gk) – City of Manchester
- Nick Armitage-Bond – Cheltenham
- Ben Ray (cpt) – City of Manchester
- John Pratt – Sedgefield
- Bradley Watts – Exeter
- Freddie Pearson – Invicta
- George Davies – Solihull
- Aaron Mason – Sedgefield
- Alex Waller – Exeter
- Tom Hutchens – Exeter
- Jack Cutting – Exeter
- Joe Jenkins-Delf – Welsh Wanderers
- Toby Eve (gk) – Exeter