The Great Britain men’s water polo team took some positives from a competitive first half in what eventually proved to be a heavy defeat at the hands of Serbia.
Team GB took the lead in the second quarter against the European champions and Beijing bronze medallists, but they ran out of steam and eventually lost 21-7.
Centre-forward Adam Scholefield, 27, who played for Rotherham Metro before securing a move to the professional league in Hungary, scored first for the home side, and said the team enjoyed pulling ahead, albeit briefly.
“We were really pleased to be winning,” he said. “But they were a class outfit, and probably favourites for the tournament.
“Their class just showed in the end, they just ran away with it.”
Great Britain have now lost their two opening matches of the tournament, but Scholefield believes the team performed better than their previous game.
“It was definitely a step up during the first half from the Romania game,” he said.
“The finishing was way better, which is what we lacked against Romania.
“But then we just ran out of steam. They just kept coming at us. It was going to happen over quarters.
“We’re pleased that when we’re at our best we can come close to these guys, which is what we’re trying to show we can do.”