Wapping men draw positives with a fine four-point haul from weekend double-header
PUBLISHED: 08:12 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:12 30 January 2018
Wapping’s men came away with four points out of six from their East Premier A double-header last weekend.
They travelled to Blueharts on Saturday and battled to a 2-1 win on a cold, miserable morning.
The visitors took the lead when Jonny Madill tapped in from close range after a clinical move, but Blueharts were back on terms from a short corner.
Wapping continued to control possession in the second half, but struggled to create chances until Ben Bull deflected home a reverse stick cross from Dave mcLean, after a run by Richard Ripper.
The team were back on the road on Sunday for the long journey to Harleston Magpies and took the lead after just 26 seconds as Bull collected an aerial pass from Will Cairns and drove into the D to find Grant Aidoo Nash at the far post to deflect the ball home.
It proved a false dawn, though, as Harleston hit back to level with a well-worked corner move.
Bull crashed home a second for Wapping before half time and put them 3-1 up early in the second half, but Magpies grabbed their second 10 minutes later with a tap in at the far post.
Another short corner finish put Wapping two goals clear once more, but the hosts cut the gap with 15 minutes to go and then converted a penalty flick, despite James Bowler getting a good stick to it.
The hosts went down to nine men late on, but Wapping could not force a winner as it ended 4-4 ahead of their clash with leaders St Albans on Saturday.
Wapping’s women fell to a 5-1 defeat against Cambridge, going behind inside 10 minutes from a short corner.
Aisling McKeon found Vanessa Sharman at a Wapping corner, but the ball rolled inches wide and Wapping conceded twice more in quick succession.
Jennifer Allen replied with a spectacular effort, but Cambridge countered to score twice more for a resounding win.
The club’s biggest winners of the weekend were the men’s thirds, who beat Felixstowe 7-0 thanks to goals from Rupert Oscroft (2), Rory Twogood, Brad Wherry, Tom Brownill, Alex Gray and Chris Holland.
Alex Newman and Will Daniels netted braces as the ninths beat Upminster fourths 4-2, while Andy White scored twice as the tenths beat Southend thirds 5-0.
Dylan Morgan doubled up as Wapping 11ths beat Havering fourths 2-0.