Wapping M9 v Basildon M1 (h)
"With his family watching, Matt knew he was a disappointment" - by Jon 'J Lo' Lowe
Prime slot at JO was ours, and we were looking forward to smashing the quickly becoming rivals Basildon. The stand was packed with adoring fans, chanting, cheering and boosting the morale of every player… and were in no way being sarcastic, drinking, and taking the mick out of every player on the pitch Wapping or not.
First of all we have to talk about the coin toss. Usually a boring and tedious affair. Our fearless leader was given the instruction to make sure that we switched ends **IF WE WERE FACING THE SUN**. So when we claimed the end when we wanted for the warm up and Captain Matt Wheeler told us we needed to change, we were a little annoyed we had to switch ends when he lost the toss. But turns out he didn’t lose the toss, he’s just an idiot.
So the game began with Wapping taking most of the possession, pressing well and dominating the midfield. We won two early short corners where big Tim Alexander stepped up. Two perfectly executed drag flicks were miraculously picked out of the top left hand corner twice by the postman, denying head cheerleader Iain Davidson the release he craved.
After pressing well, the first goal came through a move down the right hand side. Utilising the early ball into the D, Gilo guided the ball beautifully into the bottom right hand corner after a well hit cross in. Gilo then doubled our lead with either a magnificent cheeky little flick after a well struck shot from the top of the D, or he tried to control the ball and Chinese cut it through his legs into the goal. Either way 2-0 Wapping.
Just before the half time whistle, Basildon cut the deficit in half after their tactic of winning a short resulted in a decent drag flick that went into the back of our goal.
Second half, and now with the sun not bothering anyone, Wapping pushed on and Tim decided it was finally time he scored a few. Banging in two short corners and calmly slotting home a p-flick that secured his hat trick. His second short corner being memorable for Tim deciding he was a tank, shrugging off three runners on the short corner to hammer the ball past the keeper.
Basildon did get another in the mix of Tim’s hat trick but we saw off the game without too much of an incident… I say too much.
Our captain wanted to make sure he secured the DOD vote. After making a surging run into the D, he went to strike the ball and definitely had visions of striking the ball into the top corner. Showing off to his girlfriend, mum, dad and brother who had all made the journey to come and see him steer his side to victory. But when he swung his stick, the only think he connected with was air and dismay. With the whole of his family watching, Matt knew he was a disappointment.
MOM went to Tim Alexander for a superb hat-trick. DOD was unanimously awarded to Matt Wheeler for an all-round shocker.