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Hockey: Wapping men end season on high

PUBLISHED: 14:00 28 March 2019

Action from Wapping men's seconds last match of the season (pic Iain McAuslan)

Action from Wapping men's seconds last match of the season (pic Iain McAuslan)

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Wapping's men ended their East Premier A title-winning campaign on a high with a 5-1 win at Letchhworth.

Wapping seconds celebrate (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping seconds celebrate (pic Iain McAuslan)

After a quiet opening, they forced a short corner and Tom Sibley swept the ball towards Grant Aidoo-Nash and saw it nestle in the far corner.

Aidoo-Nash, looking to finish as top scorer, sent a couple of other efforts wide before Ben Bull got to the baseline and teed him up for his 19th of the campaign.

Bull should have added a third soon after but missed from close range, before making amends with a nice finish from Nat Crawley’s first-time corss.

Good pressing by Jonny Verity early in the second half saw him win a penalty flick and, with captain Will Cairns sidelined by a green card, Aidoo-Nash stepped up to convert from the spot.

Wapping seconds celebrate (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping seconds celebrate (pic Iain McAuslan)

Another mazy run by Bull ended with a reverse stick finish to make it 5-0, but Verity then picked up a yellow card and James Bowler let a shot sneak through his legs as Letchworth grabbed a late consolation.

Wapping can now look forward to their return to the National League for the 2019/20 season.

The women saw hopes of joining them shattered by a 3-2 loss to newly-crowned champions Brom & Becks, where Katelynn Roganowicz and Ness Sharman netted.

They fell two goals down before Hannah Gage set up Sharman to reply.

Wapping seconds celebrate (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping seconds celebrate (pic Iain McAuslan)

But the hosts went 3-1 up from a short corner, before Lucy Todd and Chelsea Hodgson combined to set up Roganowicz, although it wasn’t enough for Wapping.

The men’s seconds were crowned champions of East Premier B after Bobby Watson, Alain Trail and Matthew Hyde struck in a 3-1 win over West Herts seconds.

The fifths are on the brink of promotion as well after a 2-2 draw with Brentwood, in which Matt Patt nabbed both goals.

Aaron Fronda fired a hat-trick as the 11ths beat Saffron Walden sevenths 7-0, as Alex Jones, Tom Scrase and Saad Gauri also struck.

Wapping's women face the camera (pic Wapping HC)Wapping's women face the camera (pic Wapping HC)

Jess Frith (2), Jo Ward and Alice Gage netted as the women’s seconds beat West Herts 5-1, while Babs Lo Giudice, Ruahdan Jenkins and Hattie Gaunt goals led the thirds to a 3-2 derby win over East London thirds.

Anna Nicklin netted four as the fifths thumped Havering seconds 8-0 and Bee Hughes and Amy Winkelgrund found the target as the sixths beat Old Loughts fourths 2-0.

The eighths defeated Chelmsford sevenths 3-2.

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