Hockey: Wapping put Saffron Walden to the sword
PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 February 2019
Wapping's men romped to an 11-0 win over bottom club Saffron Walden in their East League Premier A clash at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.
Having won four and drawn once since Christmas, the hosts were in good form and took the lead inside three minutes as Nat Crawley blasted home from a narrow angle.
Matt Seddon doubled the lead with a shot on the turn soon after, with Grant Aidoo and Jonny Madill getting in on the act to make it 4-0 inside 15 minutes.
Although a couple of short corners went unconverted, Wapping extended their lead when Seddon fired into the roof of the net from the top of the D and Warren D’Souza deflected home his first of the season after a driving run by Will Cairns and accurate pass from Aidoo.
Dom Oliver slid in at the far post to deflect in a shot from Ben Bull to make it 7-0 at half time, but Walden won a couple of short corners of their own after the restart.
The scoreline remained unchanged for a large part of the second half, until Ollie Davies finished from close range at a corner.
Seddon completed his hat-trick to make it 9-0 and Cairns converted a penalty flick after Madill was fouled, before Aidoo wrapped up the scoring with a last-minute tap-in from a well-worked long corner.
The convincing win maintained Wapping’s hold on top spot and boosted their goal difference significantly, with a trip to St Albans up next on March 2.
The women had to settle for a point against Harleston Magpies after a 3-3 draw.
Aisling McKeon teed up Katelynn Roganowicz to open the scoring in the first half with an excellent disguised pass, but Magpies replied after the break with a quickfire brace, from a counter-attack and short corner.
McKeon, Lucy Todd and newcomer Jurate Juodyte combined well in Wapping’s midfield, as Hannah Gage continued to impress at right-back, and Roganowicz deflected home from a short corner routine to square matters.
McKeon then drove into the D to fire home and put Wapping 3-2 up, but Harleston hit back soon after to beat Kate Brannelly.
The last 10 minutes were frantic as both sides sought a winner, with Becky Hart and Siobhan Stewart outstanding for Wapping, who saw two late corners come to nothing.
*The men’s fifths thrased Redbridge 13-1 as Matt Patt scored four times and Oli Perez and Ian Harman hit hat-tricks.
Jack Mason, Jonny Dalton and Dan Ellis completed the rout, while the sixths hit Crostyx seconds for six, with Fareed Anees (3), Alex Parkyn, David Van Stolk and Tom Hobbs on target in a 6-1 victory.
The thirds beat Norwich City seconds 5-3 with goals from Hamish Forbes, Martin Holden-White, Tim Carter, Brad Wherry and Greg Edmunds, but the fourths lost by the same margin to Chelmsford, as Will Taylor and Matt Emery (2) netted.
The eighths beat Southend seconds 4-1 as Miguel Mananes (2), Gareth Williams and Joe del Greco struck, while the 11ths beat Thurrock seconds by the same scoreline with goals from Alex Jones (2), Jaap Schokkenkamp and Alex Springer.
The 10ths claimed a 2-1 win over Saffron Walden fifths as George Seaton and Andrew White tallied, while the seconds drew 1-1 with derby rivals East London as Rob Cummings scored.
The ninths lost 2-0 to East London sevenths, while the sevenths went down 5-1 to Plashet, with Tom Griffiths grabbing the consolation.
meanwhile, the women’s seconds beat Waltham Forest 2-0 with goals from Fran Sutton and Jo Ward.