Lancaster missed out on a 10th British Water Polo Championship after an 11-8 defeat to Bristol Central in Sunday’s final at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.
Three goals in the opening four minutes helped Lancaster to a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, Central failing to capitalise on a man up situation to level the scores.
They didn’t make the same mistake at the start of the second however, Coles taking advantage of a man up situation to score twice and put his side 4-3 to the good.
Tom Curwen equalised for Lancaster before John Sissions put Central ahead for a second time as the Bristol side pulled clear.
Craig Figes put Central further in front at the start of the third before goalkeeper Ben Alcorn saved a Curwen penalty.
Lancaster were made to pay as Christopher Taylor scored twice to put Central well in command.
Olympian Alex Parsonage and Curwen scored for Lancaster at the end of the third to make it 9-6 going into the final quarter.
A goal from Scott Sharpe then gave Lancaster real hope but Parsonage hit the woodwork twice allowing Bailey to confirm Central’s triumph.
Lancaster had reached Sunday’s final thanks to a dramatic 15-11 win over National League Champions and favourites Cheltenham the day before.