Wapping men bounce back to pass Cambridge test, but women frozen out by rivals
PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 March 2018
Wapping’s men bounced back from defeat against Bedford to beat Cambridge University in East Premier A.
With hopes of National League return ended a week earlier, they began well in arctic conditions, dominating possession and creating early chances.
Nat Crawley, Ollie Bull and Grant Aidoo-Nash combined well, as Ben Andrew, 41, also shone in an impressive first-half display.
And the visitors broke the deadlock midway through the half with a trademark drag flick from captain Will Cairns, as the keeper appeared to be fooled by the unexpected ‘slower ball’.
Cairns’ celebrations were muted against his former club, but he ignored the boos and doubled the lead shortly after.
Substitute Ben Bull put the disappointment of being left on the bench behind him by making an impact early in the second half, linking up with fellow midfielders Max Bowerman and Frenchman Toussaint Wattine in a free-flowing counter-attack which almost led to a third goal.
Wapping put the game to bed following a characteristic driving run from Aidoo-Nash, with Ollie Bull on hand to drive home a shot and continue his prolific form.
Cambridge’s scrappy goal in the late stages was scant consolation and the 3-1 win was the least Wapping deserved, as Cairns, fellow Cambridge alumni Dave McLean and Adam Fallis shared the man of the match award.
Wapping will aim to finish their league campaign on a high in Letchworth on Saturday ahead of a bid for promotion next season.
The women fell behind early on against West Herts, but a new formation was proving effective and Katelynn Roganowicz swept home an equaliser on the reverse.
Emma Evans kept a close eye on West Herts attacks on the left as the defensive line continued to create turnovers and Ness Sharman worked hard to win the player of the match prize.
But West Herts scored three more times to send Wapping to a 4-1 loss ahead of their last match of the season against St Albans.
Winnie Jim, Morgan Gillespie and Molly Smith scored twice each as the sevenths beat Thurrock thirds 6-0.
And goals from Oscar Fas, Bryn Ford-Jones and Josh Roberts saw the men’s thirds to a 3-1 win over Long Sutton, as the ninths beat Waltham Forest fourths 4-2.
Sam Uden (2), Jonny Ellis and Matt Wheeler were on target.