Wapping wonders end on high
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 March 2015
Club cap superb season in style
Wapping Hockey Club capped their ‘best ever season’ with a host of wins on the last day of the campaign.
The women’s second string got the ball rolling at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre with an impressive 5-0 win over their Thurrock rivals, despite finishing with only nine players.
Charlotte Six netted twice for the hosts, with Kaela Barker, Babs Lo Giudice and player of the match Laura Jordan also on target.
News of the fifth team’s 3-2 derby win at East London then came through, securing the club’s sixth promotion of the season.
Pascaline Dubosc, Ambika Nedungadi and Claire Simes netted to ensure victory and promotion at the expense of their neighbours.
And it enabled the team to join in with promotion celebrations of the men’s second, third, sixth, seventh and ninth teams.
The men’s first team ran out 4-0 winners over Felixstowe in their last East Premier A outing of the campaign to remain top of the table.
But rivals Harleston Magpies have a game in hand, also against Felixstowe, and are favourites to pip Wapping to a National League place.
Felix Styles, Ollie Salveson, Michiel Marck and player of the match Grant Aidoo-Nash were on target for the home side, while the women battled to a goalless draw at Canterbury, but could not avoid the drop to Division One.
Wapping’s head of performance Rachel Haseloff said: “This has been Wapping’s best ever season by some way. We’re delighted to see teams reaping the benefits of their hard work.”
Steve Bowles netted on his final appearance for the club after 16 years as the second string beat Letchworth 5-0.
Ben Stump, Jason Black, Alex White and Adam Haines also struck for the runaway champions, who finished 10 points clear.
Alain Trail’s goal earned the thirds a 1-1 draw with Brentwood seconds and the runners-up spot, as Dave Charlesworth and Nick Dale netted twice each in the fifths’ 6-1 win over Southend seconds.
Laurence Hanoman, Ben Bradish-Ellames and Sam Johnson saw the sixths to a 3-0 win over Colchester thirds, while Axel Goris, Giles Barton and Crispin Kitchen netted as the sevenths won 3-1 against Southend thirds.
Nick Summers netted all five goals as the ninths beat Old Loughts Loppers 5-0, while Carole Date Chong (2) and Liv Cerio led the women’s thirds to a 3-2 win over Southend & Benfleet.
Hattie Williams (2), Lauren Ianni and Jade Edwards struck as the fourths beat Old Southendian 4-0.