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Hockey: Wapping men’s firsts keep pace with leaders as East Premier A promotion race heats up

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 February 2018

Wapping women's seconds face the camera (pic: Iain McAuslan)

Wapping women's seconds face the camera (pic: Iain McAuslan)

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Action from Wapping men's sixths against Havering (pic: Iain McAuslan)Action from Wapping men's sixths against Havering (pic: Iain McAuslan)

Wapping men’s firsts kept pace with the leading group in East Premier A with a 2-1 win at Ipswich.

The game started in a lacklustre fashion with Wapping struggling to find momentum early on.

The first goal came from a flowing move started by Nathanael Crawley and culminating in debutant Joe Chad setting up Adam Fallis for a tap in at the far post.

Within minutes, though, Ipswich broke away down the middle of the pitch and nonchalantly lobbed a hapless James Bowler to level the scores.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first, with Wapping having much of the ball without looking dangerous, whilst Ipswich threatened on the counter attack.

The stalemate was broken with 10 minutes to go when Crawley played a one-two with Grant Aidoo-Nash, before finding Ben Bull who slotted the ball home.

Wapping return home this weekend to host Chelmsford in their next encounter.

The women’s seconds were also victorious as goals from Martha Jenkinson, Rachel Hasselhoff, Jess Sturgeon and Fran Sutton helped them to a 4-0 win over Shefford.

Wapping’s women’s fourths were the biggest winners of the weekend after enjoying a 10-1 win against Witham.

Lou Murphy and Laura Humphry both netted hat-tricks in the rout, with Hattie Gaunt nabbing a brace, while Ali Partridge and Eli Brooke were also on target.

There was not such good news for the men’s fourths as they lost 5-2 against Brentwood, despite goals from Will Epsom and Santi Jaureguizar.

Wapping’s men’s fifths recorded a 5-2 win over Upmisnter with Matt Patterson scoring twice, while there were also goals for Tom Hammond, Tom Finill and Harry Travers.

The men’s sixths were also victorious, with Fareed Anees (2), Sahil Haria, Will Hann, Norval Scott and Harry Frost on target in a 6-1 win against Havering.

Wapping’s eighths suffered a 7-1 defeat against Plashet, but the ninths beat Basildon 5-2 thanks to a Tim Alexander treble and two goals from Giles Barton.

The women’s fifths were due to play Basildon over the weekend, but had to endure the frustration of that fixture having to be postponed.

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