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