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Edmund’s Wapping reign ends with win

PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 October 2015

Chris Holland on the attack for Wapping

Chris Holland on the attack for Wapping

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Third team skipper steps down after win

Outgoing Wapping thirds captain Greg Edmunds was handed the perfect send off as his team crushed Crostyx 5-1 in East Division Two South.

Edmunds was playing his final match as skipper of the team and put in a man of the match display in the triumph.

Despite their eventual margin of victory, the hosts began slowly and were behind early on to a close range finish from a Crostyx forward.

Wapping were quickly level through a deflection on the line by Hamish Forbes and never looked back in the game.

Michael Bolle and Casper Paulus (2) quickly followed Forbes’ on to the scoresheet with goals from short corners.

The game began to open up and Wapping took full advantage with Chris Austin setting up Alex White who rounded the keeper before firing into an empty net.

Wapping’s win enabled them to preserve their unbeaten start and give Edmunds the perfect parting gift after three years in the role.

“It was a great way to end my run as captain and it leaves the team in a strong position in the league only one point off the top spot,” said Edmunds.

The women’s firsts also made sure they maintained their unbeaten start to the East Division One campaign although they did drop their first points away to Colchester.

Wapping took the lead shortly before half time with a well-worked goal from captain Lucy Todd.

But Colchester were able to find a way through the resolute visiting defence in the second half as the match ended level.

The result keeps Wapping at the top of the standings in the league, but Todd knows they will have to improve if they are to stay there.

“Overall there were some good patches of great play, but on the whole we need to get our consistency up,” she said.

Elsewhere, Michiel Marck and Grant Aidoo-Nash both struck braces for the men’s firsts in a 4-2 win over Dereham.

The seconds defeated Pelican 6-3 with goals from Matt Bunyan (2), Ed Fry, Alain Traill, Ollie Bull and David Guy.

Wapping fourths claimed bragging rights over local rivals Redbridge & Ilford with a 3-0 win thanks to strikes from Alex Riddick (2) and Will Epsom.

A hat-trick from Harith Aldergather fired the fifths to an 11-0 win over Saffron Walden, while the sixths drew 1-1 with Old Southendian.

The sevenths lost 4-2 to Crostyx, the eighths drew 2-2 with Waltham Forest, the ninths defeated Old Southendian 4-1 and the X team thrashed Otters 6-0.

The women’s seconds were convincing 4-0 winners against Havering with goals from Jordan Mulvaney (2), Emma Skinner and Barbara Lo Giudice.

The thirds lost a tight match against Upminster 2-1, but it was better news for the fourths who thrashed Wapping 6-0.

The fifths were also big winners as they defeated Old Southendian 6-0, while the sixths recorded a 3-0 triumph over Crostyx.

But the result of the weekend was saved for the sevenths who defeated Waltham Forest 15-0 with Rosie Major and Jenny Cook both scoring four, while Kathy Gromotka notched a hat-trick.

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