Wapping’s magnificent seven see off Saffron Walden, but women lose out in a thriller
PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 November 2017
Wapping’s men were in seventh heaven after putting East Premier A rivals Saffron Walden to the sword at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.
Looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season, the hosts made a bright start and took a fifth-minute lead at a short corner through veteran defender Ollie Davies.
Wapping proved clinical at the set-piece, with captain Will Cairns converting from two more corners, before man of the match Davies struck again to make it 4-0.
Matt Seddon, returning from injury, netted the fifth with a shot on the turn before the break and Wapping continued to dominate after the restart.
Ollie Bull and Bobby Watson got in on the act to put the home side 7-0 up, before a lapse in concentration allowed Walden to net a late consolation.
But despite that disappointment Wapping were comfortable winners and will head to Chelmsford in positive mood this weekend.
The women’s first team came up short against Peterborough in a seven-goal East Premier thriller.
They began well, but saw the visitors launch a quick counter that almost led to a far-post finish.
Peterborough then took the lead against the run of play with a clinical finish, but Wapping rallied and Jennifer Allen showed good skill to work the ball out of the defensive third for Vanessa Sharman to level.
Lucy Todd then took a quick sideline pass to send Jordan Mulvaney into the D to win a short corner, with Aisling McKeon firing into the bottom corner to put Wapping ahead.
Peterborough were back on level terms before half time from a corner of their own and slotted home from another early in the second half to take the lead.
A strong break led to a penalty flick, which was converted to make it 4-2, and although Lottie Colquhoun hit back from a Wapping corner, it was too little, too late.
The club celebrated 11 wins and two draws in their 19 league fixtures at the weekend, with the men’s 11ths beat Waltham Forest fifths by an 11-1 margin, as Nick Grimwood helped himself to six goals and Tom Scrase (2), Saad Ghauri, Dylan Morgan and Simon Taylor also netted.
The women’s sixths were 9-1 winners over Waltham Forest thirds, with Bee Hughes scoring four times and Emma McCready also bagging a hat-trick.