Big Dogs on the Big Pitch
Wapping 4s vs Upminster 2s
Availability across the club meant a strong 15 turning out on the stadium pitch against Upminster with lots of new faces and despite a much more toned-down shade of midfield than the usual fiery redheads, all were raring to go and get the points this week with a prime time stadium slot awaiting.
After a slick warm up the team started well with link up play down the wings that looked like we knew what we were doing, some might even say that we did. Chances came thick and fast in the first fifteen minutes and a short corner cleared off the line set the tone as Wapping dominated.
Hands up confession – I can't really remember what happened in the lead up to the first goal but ultimately a goal went in to make it a deserved 1-0 lead (following some exceptional assisting from Lou M I am reliably informed).
Defensively Cerys had a bit of work to do but never looked troubled and the back line were solid as we have come to expect with some excellent out letting round the back. Great running and defensive work at a couple of Upminster short corners meant that going into the break Wapping looked comfortable with the lead and determined to go out and increase it.
Upminster came out hard (lol) in the second half and looked dangerous on the break but following some calm link up play between the midfield Hattie put the second goal away to make it 2-0. Despite some great attacking chances this is how it ended after a somewhat scrappy second half but some great performances from front to back, what a bunch of babes. Ellie Brooke lived up to her sizzling reputation and was awarded a green card for her thuggery but tragically this was overshadowed in the DOD voting due to a first half tactical incident.
Shout out to Rach Byrne who took a blow to the head and handled it like a trooper, she was already suffering from a chronic sprained thumb from doing a burpee. That isn’t a joke.
Wapping 2 (Partridge, Gaunt) – Upminster 0
MOM – Several players in the mix but Holly Krelle (SOLID) and Hattie Gaunt (runs, goal and beastmode) sharing the honours.
DOD – Ali Partridge (aforementioned incident).