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Wapping hopes hit by defeat in high-scoring drama, as women miss out on the road

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 March 2018

Wapping's men in action against Bedford (pic Iain McAuslan)

Wapping's men in action against Bedford (pic Iain McAuslan)

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Wapping's men and women both lost out in high-scoring East League matches at the weekend.

Action from Wapping seconds match with West Herts (pic Iain McAuslan)Action from Wapping seconds match with West Herts (pic Iain McAuslan)

Returning to action after the Beast from the East had wiped out fixtures the previous weekend, the title-chasing men hosted Bedford at Lee Valley.

They got off to a fine start with Ben Bull rounding the visiting keeper and slotting home.

And a strong run on the right by Grant Aidoo-Nash saw him enter the D and picked out Ollie Bull at the far post to tap in a second before the break.

Captain Will Cairns netted with a drag flick in the second half to make it 3-0, but Wapping were then caught out on a pair of counter-attacks.

With five minutes to go, Bedford won a short corner and a drag flick found the top-right corner to make it 3-3.

Needing a win to keep their title bid alive, Wapping removed their keeper for an extra player, but Bedford found the net instead. And although Wapping managed an equaliser with a minute to go, Bedford struck again to run out 5-4 winners.

Defeat left them five points behind leaders Peterborough with two games left, with a trip to Cambridge University up next.

The women came out strong against Maidstone in their East Premier meeting, but the home side capitalised on their breaks to move 3-0 up.

Wapping hit back when Dannie Jones fired into the D and Vanessa Sharman deflected into the top-right corner.

And a second goal arrived when a lead pass from midfield found Kate O’Sullivan, who used her speed to drive into the D and crossed for Sharman, before Katelynn Roganowicz followed up to score.

Wapping were back on terms early in the second half when Jones converted from a short corner, but Maidstone regained the lead from a corner.

And despite battling on, despite Hannah Gage receiving a card, Wapping conceded a fifth late on. They host West Herts this weekend.

James Fanger (2) and Samuel Gilliatt netted as the men’s seconds beat Cambridge University 3-1, while Sahil Haria’s goal saw the sevenths beat East London fifths in their derby.

The women’s second, third, fourth and fifth teams beat West Herts (3-1), Chelmsford (4-0), Braintree (3-2) and Waltham Forest (2-1) respectively.

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