Wapping men lose against leaders Teddington
PUBLISHED: 11:30 07 March 2017
Wapping 4 Teddington 8
Wapping’s men put up a fight against Conference East leaders Teddington but could not avoid another defeat at Lee Valley.
The hosts made a strong start and raced into a two-goal lead as Phil Messent hammered home from a short corner and Dave MacLean netted with a superb reverse-stick finish.
Table-topping Teddington hit back in style, though, with three well-taken goals, including a reverse-stick chip from an acute angle over keeper James Stock.
Wapping continued to play well and were back on terms on 28 minutes when the impressive Ben Bull struck, but the visitors edged back in front two minutes before the interval as they bundled a loose ball home from a short corner.
Teddington raced out of the blocks in the second half to go 5-3 up with a well-timed deflection at the far post, then added three more goals in quick succession to leave Wapping shellshocked.
Richard Bond was shown a yellow card for dissent, but Wapping had the final say as Max Bowerman netted a late consolation with a fine reverse-stick finish.
Other results did not go their way, however, and Wapping need to win at least two of their last three matches to retain their National League status.
The seconds had to settle for a point from their East Division One clash with Upminster after a 1-1 draw.
Dudley Spiers combined well with Adam Haines, player of the match Alain Traill and Tom Mason as Wapping looked for gaps in the home defence, while Irish duo Jason Black and Jonny Madill forced a string of short corners.
The first half ended goalless, but Wapping made the breakthrough after the restart after a spell of pressure ended with Madill poking the ball home.
Good build-up play between James Fanger and Dom Oliver then saw a shot saved illegally on the line by the body of an Upminster player, but Bobby Watson saw his penalty flick saved by the keeper.
Wapping kept pushing for a second goal, with Charlie Wright, Sam Philpott and Dan Chamberlain surging forward, but Upminster forced a turnover and countered to level and that was how it finished after both sides were reduced to 10 men late on.
*Wapping thirds won 4-1 against Chelmsford seconds with goals from Matt Seddon, Richard Ripper, Caspar Paulus and Brad Wherry, but the fourths went down 5-1 against Broxbourne as Tom Brownill netted the consolation.
Matt Patterson’s brace and a Norval Scott goal saw the fifths to a 3-1 derby win over East London thirds, but the sixths lost 2-0 at Saffron Walden thirds, while the sevenths beat Upminster thirds by a 5-1 margin as Dave Bateman (2), Sam Peel, Sahil Haria and Tom Griffiths all netted.
Will Cronin’s goal earned the eighths a 1-0 win over Chelmsford fourths, but the ninths lost 4-2 against Saffron Walden fifths after goals from Bryn Ford-Jones and Jon Lowe and the tenths were beaten 2-1 by Brentwood Academy despite Nick Grimwood’s goal.