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Hockey: Wapping women draw positives

PUBLISHED: 07:46 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:46 11 January 2018

Action from one of the Wapping women's derby matches (pic Iain McAuslan)

Action from one of the Wapping women's derby matches (pic Iain McAuslan)

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Wapping’s women had to settle for a share of the spoils with East League rivals Sevenoaks on their return to action at the weekend.

Action from one of the Wapping women's derby matches (pic Iain McAuslan)Action from one of the Wapping women's derby matches (pic Iain McAuslan)

Kate O’Sullivan and Jordan Mulvaney caused Sevenoaks problems early on, as the teams blew away the cobwebs on their first outing of 2018, picking off passes several times.

But errors slowly began to creep into Wapping’s play, leading to many turnovers, and they came under pressure, with Meg Pugh making several saves.

Defence turned into attack, though, as Wapping opened the scoring when Hannah Gage and Becky Hary linked up with Aisling McKeon, who found O’Sullivan on the left.

And after a fine run to the baseline, O’Sullivan passed to Lucy Todd to cross for Belinda Armstrong to sweep home.

Action from one of the Wapping women's derby matches (pic Iain McAuslan)Action from one of the Wapping women's derby matches (pic Iain McAuslan)

Sevenoaks rallied to force several penalty corners, but first runner Emma Evans make key interceptions on four separate occasions.

A breakaway evenntually led to an equaliser, though, and Armstrong had another effort ruled out in the second half.

Player of the match Siobhan Stewart and Gage swept up well as Sevenoaks looked to force a winner, with one vital late interception two minutes from time.

Wapping remain second in the East Premier table, three points behind Ipswich, and visit Canterbury this weekend.

Action from one of the Wapping women's derby matches (pic Iain McAuslan)Action from one of the Wapping women's derby matches (pic Iain McAuslan)

The second string ran out 5-1 winners over Letchworth, with player of the match Jo Ward and Kate Silbermann both scoring twice and Ellie Carr also on the mark to complete the tally.

The fifths were celebrating a 3-1 win over Upminster thirds, thanks to a brace from player of the match Sophie Temminghoff and a Lucy Taylor goal.

And the eighths claimed a 4-0 victory over Witham thirds, as Kate Geal, Sam Dale, Chili Mulenga and Gigi Barbuto all got their names on the scoresheet.

Rachel Gaston took the player of the match award for Wapping.

Wapping staged three club derbies at the John Orwell Sports Centre at the weekend and held a collection for local food bank, the Whitechapel Misson.

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