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Table-topping Wapping tame Magpies as Fallis fires only goal to ensure five-point gap

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 December 2018

Wapping's men face the camera (pic Iain McAuslan)

Wapping's men face the camera (pic Iain McAuslan)

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Wapping head into the Christmas break five points clear at the top of the East Premier A table after a 1-0 win over nearest rivals Harleston Magpies at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

Wapping attack against Harleston Magpies (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping attack against Harleston Magpies (pic Iain McAuslan)

The visitors provided a stern test for the leaders, moving the ball around at pace in the face of Wapping’s high press.

But Will Cairns found himself in space on the left and fired into the D for man of the match Adam Fallis, who showed great control before outfoxing the keeper and poking the ball through his legs.

Wapping began to exert more pressure, as Harleston continued to struggle under the high ball.

And the hosts went close to doubling their lead when an aerial pass was missed by a defender and fell to leading goalscorer Grant Aidoo-Nash, who ignored the run of Ollie Bull and tried a reverse-stick sweep, only for the keeper to save.

Wapping attack against Harleston Magpies (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping attack against Harleston Magpies (pic Iain McAuslan)

Play continued to swing from end to end before the break, with Harleston upping the tempo in the second half. But Wapping held firm and looked dangerous on the counter, with Bull sending the ball across the face of goal and wide as the scoreline remained unchanged.

Wapping return to action in the new year with a trip to Chelmsford on January 12.

Goals from Dom Oliver, Alain Trail and Dave Guy saw the seconds to a 3-2 win over their Peterborough rivals, while the thirds beat Harleston seconds 2-1 as Tim Carter and Oscar Fass struck.

The sixth team beat Redbridge 2-1 as Tim Alexander and Fareed Anees notched, while a hat-trick from Tom Scrase led the 11th team to a 6-0 win over Colchester fourths.

Wapping women's seconds defend a corner (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping women's seconds defend a corner (pic Iain McAuslan)

Dylan Morgan (2) and Ian Bradley were also on target.

Honours finished even between the fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth teams as they all took on East London rivals.

The women’s seconds drew 1-1 with their East London rivals as Henny Hinchcliffe netted and Ali Partridge’s goal earned the fourth team a 1-1 draw with Chelmsford thirds.

Sarah Guggiari-Peel bagged a brace and Krystle Stewart also struck as the sixth team beat Brentwood thirds 3-1, while a single Caroline Dale goal was enough for the sevenths to beat East London sixths.

Wapping women's seconds attack (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping women's seconds attack (pic Iain McAuslan)

The thirds, fifths and sevenths suffered narrow losses, as the men’s fourths, ninths and 10ths were also beaten.

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