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Wapping miss out against Oxted

PUBLISHED: 15:28 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:28 27 October 2016

Wapping's Oliver Cooper on the attack (pic Iain McAuslan)

Wapping's Oliver Cooper on the attack (pic Iain McAuslan)

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Men suffer slender loss at Lee Valley

Wapping were brought back down to earth after a slender home loss to Oxted in their latest National League outing at Lee Valley.

With key player Phil Messent back from injury and following a strong turnout in training, the home side went into the game with confidence and forced the visitors back.

Wapping had the majority of the ball possession, but could not find the decisive pass in the final third and saw chances go begging.

Oxted broke the deadlock midway through the half following a quick counter-attack and proved hard to break down after that.

A moment of quality from young Ben Bull gave Wapping their first clear-cut chance as he turned his player on the edge of the D and found Nat Crawley, who rounded the keeper and returned the pass to Bull to fire home and level.

However, despite being cheered on by good home support, Wapping saw Oxted claim a winner three minutes from time when a defensive error was seized upon and the visitors converted another breakaway chance.

Bull took the man of the match award for Wapping, who return to action at Teddington on Sunday, November 6.

The men’s seconds bounced back from their first defeat in 10 games with a 3-1 win over Peterborough thirds in their East League Division One clash at Lee Valley.

The home side took an early lead as Michael Bolle waltzed through the Peterborough defence and fired through the keeper’s legs.

And Wapping went on to dominate play, moving the ball well and finding spaces in dangerous areas to force a string of penalty corners.

They could not convert, though, and were denied by Peterborough’s keeper and defenders from five such set-pieces until Jack Beard stepped up and fizzed a flick inside the right post to make it 2-0.

Wapping keeper Chris Monger and sweeper Dudley Spiers denied the visitors at the other end, before Richard Bond was sin-binned.

And man of the match James Byford drove Wapping forward after the restart as they continued to put pressure on Peterborough.

Three more corners went to waste, as Spiers and Bolle failed to find the target, before defender Sam Philpott scrambled home the third goal after good work from Dominic Oliver and James Fanger on the right.

Philpott was shown a yellow card soon after for a tackle and Wapping conceded while down to 10 men as Peterborough netted at the near post when Monger saved a corner.

It was only a consoltion for the visitors, though, as Wapping went back to the top of the table ahead of their long trip to Norwich City this weekend.

Rory Twogood’s brace earned the thirds a 2-2 draw with Potters Bar, as George Ott and Harry Travers netted in the fifths’ 2-0 win over Clacton.

Norval Scott, Dean Monk, Ed Watson and Dave Charlesworth struck in a 4-1 win for the sixths against Braintree, as Rel Desai (2), Hamza Ateeque and Matt Wheeler goals secured a 4-0 win for the ninths over East London sevenths.

Tom Scrase, Matt Wade and Robin Allen saw the 11ths to a 3-0 win over Waltham Forest Otters.

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