Wapping Scores 19 January 2019

Posted by Rachel Gaston on 21 January 2019

M1 drew 2:2 against Cambridge Uni, goals from Ollie Bull and Adam Fallis, POM, Adam Fallis, DOD, James Bowler

M1 19.01.19 Ph. Iain McAuslan

Wapping 1st XI were at home to Cambridge University, and having not dropped points at Lee Valley all year, the pressure was on.

The game kicked off in earnest and Wapping began zipping the ball around the back with zest and finesse. Mark Bennett passed through the Cambridge press to Benjamin Bull, who picked it up on the 25 and drove through the Cambridge defence. The onslaught continued and Wapping soon won a short corner. Will Cairns stood at the top of the D and prepared for the drag flick deflection. With Johnny Madill off the pitch, the responsibility fell to Olly Bull. Cairns flicked it wide of goal and Bull was able to slot it in effortlessly at the far post. 1-0 Wapping.

Cambridge responded with gusto and began peppering the Wapping defence. Fortunately, Mark Bennet was there, marshalling the defence who swooped across the 25, taking out one of the Cambridge forwards on the top of the D. The Umpire’s whistle went who awarded a short corner to Cambridge Uni. Mark Bennett broke too early, and the umpire banished him to the half way line but was quickly yellow carded for dissent.

Goalkeeper James Bowler managed to dive to the right to deny the Cambridge attack a drag flick. Half time came. 1-0 Wapping.

The second half saw Wapping on the back foot. Cambridge came out hard and threw everything they had at the home side. It wasn’t long before a daring attack down the right saw Cambridge driving down Wapping’s baseline into the D. A fine shave tackle the umpire to award Cambridge Uni another short corner. A fine save by the Goalkeeper James Bowler kept the ball at bay, but a stick tackle led to a second. A foot from Johnny Verity led to a third short. Another save by the Goalkeeper kept Wapping in it but the umpire awarded a dubious fourth short. The Cambridge flicker took aim and the Goalkeeper dived to his but the ball broke through. 1-1.

Wapping took the restart quickly, perhaps too quickly, as Benjamin Bull was still busy removing his short corner mask. With the ball at his feet, the Wapping point man was left floundering and succumbed to the attack of three Cambridge forwards. In seconds they were into the D and were able to pass it around the Goalkeeper to take the lead to 2-1. The home side had their work cut out.

Thankfully, Adam ‘Fallis was there to save the day as a mistake by the Cambridge defender gave him a chance to steal the ball, which he drove into the D and reversed it with all his might. The Goalkeeper didn’t have a chance to blink as it grazed the top of his helmet and clattered the underside of the cross bar as it went into the back of the net. 2-2.

The home side continued to battle on until the end of the game and in a last desperate attack Olly Bull picked up the ball on the halfway line and carved through the Cambridge defence, winning a  short. Bull took the short himself, but didn’t prevail. The game closed at 2-2.

A tough game for the home side and one to learn from. Wapping still sit at the top of the table and are determined to rebound in the coming weeks to secure that spot.


M2 match postponed

M3 lost 3:1 against Cambridge City 3, goal from Dave Eason


A harsh 3-1 loss makes it one point from six for M3, who hold on to second place in league

There is a faction of Wapping M3 who have begun tackle the cryptic crossword together before games. The cooperative element breeds teamwork, while the activity is something of a ‘brain warm-up’ ahead of a match. And this faction spent the drive up on Saturday doing just this as they sped towards Cambridge University, alma mater of the greatest code-breaker of them all, Alan Turing. Wapping M3’s 3-1 defeat on Saturday to Cambridge University M2 could be described as a puzzle there was no obvious solution to, a code that even Turing couldn’t crack, as the men in maroon contrived to lose a match that, with the course the game was taking, they were destined to win. In this midday fixture, Cambridge began as the dominant force, playing a brand of fast and purposeful hockey, with their midfield interchanging seamlessly and making quick, dangerous leads. They led in the first five minutes: at a short corner, a slap from the top of the ‘D’ was smartly deflected on the P-spot past Charles McCulloch and against the backboard. Wapping protestations that their defender’s run had been blocked fell on deaf ears.


In truth, the lead was deserved.

Midway through the half, Wood committed a scything tackle as a light-blue forward went past him which he was lucky to escape a card for. Slowly, though, the men in maroon began to gather themselves and learnt that if they merely shadowed their opponents as opposed to dive in, more often than not the forward’s run would end with a loss of possession.By so doing, Wapping began to find themselves more in the game and further up the pitch. Twice, they managed to dispossess the Light Blue’s centre back after some lose control. On one occasion, Mahon was the pickpocket, with Haines picking up the ball and feeding Brownill just to the left of the penalty spot, who couldn’t quite convert.Just before half time, parity was restored. A sling from outside the left of the ‘D’ from Edmunds caused confusion in the Cambridge ranks with a defender opting to play the ball rather than simply leave it to go behind. It sat up kindly to Dave Eason who put it into an empty goal from a yard out. Eason’s look of surprise betrayed just how easy it had been.


The pendulum swung further the way of the men in maroon at the start of the second period. The Light Blue’s attacks carried an air of predictability, all pace no ideas, with the centre back pairing of West and Paulus mopping up everything like a pair of cleaners after a particularly wild freshers’ party. Wapping were even winning the moral high ground: at one point after an umpiring decision meant Wapping were erroneously awarded a side-line hit, Edmunds simply slapped the ball directed back off the pitch to return possession – “You can have that, and we’ll still win,” he seemed to say, to appreciation from students and side-line.


Cambridge went down to ten men for a couple of minutes after a rash challenge from their full back sent Tom ‘Snake’ Brownill tumbling. Brownill, though, was having a fine game, showing an intensity that was perhaps not matched by his teammates while always making smart decisions on the ball. With Cambridge looking like a spent force, it seemed there could only be one winner, the game having turned a full 180. Mahon, who had earlier spilt claret after a close encounter with an opponent’s stick, sought to gain revenge with a strike at the opponent’s goal but shot wide. Oscar Fas had another effort, while the Light Blue’s keeper struggled to deal with another of Edmunds’ tricky slings across goal.

Then, with its opponents on the ropes and the knockout punch imminent, Wapping backed off. Preparing to deliver the coup de grace, they stuttered. Awarded a second life, Cambridge regrouped and found their way back into the game.For the final ten minutes, there was little to choose between the two teams, with the maroon men’s defence holding strong. With a minute on the clock, Cambridge earnt a short corner that Wapping could dearly have done without and the inevitable happened. The shot smashed hard into the backboard to give the Light Blues a 2-1 lead and spark raucous celebrations.

In the final moments, Wapping, heads down and committed forward, found themselves outnumbered at the back. A Cambridge forward showing trademark pace kept the ball in play on the baseline and pulled it back to a teammate to make it 3-1 and add gloss to the scoreline immediately before the final whistle sounded. It is all to play for in East Division 1 with Wapping one of five teams separated by a single point, with only four teams granted promotion to East Premier League B. Remarkably, in the last two weeks Wapping has earnt a point on league-leaders Sudbury who followed a loss the previous Saturday with a 5-2 loss to Broxbourne this, while Upminster also dropped points at the weekend after being held 1-1 by Crostyx.

Who will go up, who will miss out? Who knows? Sport it seems adheres to no rules: a riddle trapped inside an Enigma. Man of the match: Brownill – A handful for the Cambridge defence all afternoon. Dick of the day: Mahon – Didn’t sleep much the night before. Must’ve been the nerves


M4 drew 1:1 against Harpenden 1, goal from Matt Emery, POM, James Holmes and Matt Emery, DOD Max - for getting injured in the warm up

M4 19.01.19 Ph. Iain McAuslan

M5 lost 4:3 to Upminster, goals from Harry Travers, Dan Ellis and Mark Rigby, POM, Craig Gilchrist, DOD, Max Parsons

M6 drew 2:2 against Braintree 1, succubing to a time expired equaliser from a short corner. Goals from Matt Patt and Ali Dance, POM Logan Riley for an incredible shift as centre back, DOD Bob Jordan for turning up at 5.40pm for a 5pm game - luckily a delayed start!

M6 19.01.19 Ph. Iain McAuslan

M7 lost 4:3 against Colchester 2, goals from Luke Ryan, Dave Bateman and Ollie Freeman Smith, POM Dave Charlesworth for a tireless work rate, DOD Ollie Freeman Smith for trying to headbutt one of the oppo

M8 lost 2:0 against Upminster, POM and DOD tied between Gareth Williams and DVS for making lots of chances but missing them all

M9 lost 3:1 against Braintree 2, goal from Rel Desai, POM Paul Whelan, Julius Klutmann and Stu Burnside, DOD, Nathan Ellisdon for almost headbutting Burnside

M10 won 3:1 against Braintree 3, goals from Bryn Ford Jones, Dylan Morgan and Ben Green, POM, Will Lobo for great work and arials, DOD, Ben Green for playing victory music in the dressing room

M11 won 1:0 against Brentwood 5, goal from Ian Bradley, POM Alex Jones for a defensive masterclass, DOD to Karndeep Sidhu for a trip to A&E 

L1 won 4:2 against Canterbury 2, gaols from Kate O'Sullivan, Lucy Todd and Ciara Murphy (2), POM, Aisling McKeon and Ciara Murphy

L1 19.01.19 Photo by Iain McAuslan

Coming off the back of a superb 4-0 victory the week before, Wapping Ladies 1s were in a goal scoring mood winning 4-2 on Saturday 19 January. After starting under pressure for the first few minutes, Ciara Murphy scored with the first shot of the game after a great team build up. The game was almost level two minutes later as Chelsea Hodge cleared the ball off the line preventing a Canterbury goal. Wapping scored a second before with a Lucy Jones finding the back of the net, catching the rebound from a short corner.

Wapping enjoyed spells of possession and were constantly threatening to score again, having a third goal disallowed on a short corner. Canterbury had several short corners themselves, scoring top right corner in the first half.

After the break, both teams were threatening.  Canterbury again managed to score through a short corner, after a melee in the goal. Despite the initial shot hitting the defensively outstanding Siobhan Stewart at shoulder level. Wapping did very well to defend numerous short corners and stave off Canterbury. Patience and persistence paid off as they managed to convert another attacking corner. After a disguised pass from the top by aisling McKeon, the ball was sent goal bound by Kate O'Sullivan. Her years of training and commitment paying off. A dubious card was given to Jen Allen which lead to a fraught last ten mins for Wapping, now down to 10.  Canterbury pushed for a leveller towards the end. However, two minutes from the end a free hit from Aisling McKeon on the left found its way through the crowd, into the circle and onto the end of the unmarked and diving Ciara Murphy's stick... It sailed passed the outstretched keeper and into the top right corner!! The link up play between the two was Superb throughout and they shared the man of the match spoils. Wapping have scored 8 in 2 games and maintained a strong defence in both matches.


L2 won 2:1 against Harpenden, goals and POM Fran Sutton, DOD, Emma Skinner and Jess Sturgeon

L3 won 1:0 against top of the league Thurrock, goal from Ruadhan Jenkins, POM Vicky Salt, DOD Louise Dudley

L4 won 2:1 against Colchester 2, goals from Caroline Matthews and Jenny Cook, POM, Colette Martin, DOD, Jenny Blow

L5 won 1:0 against County Wanderers, goal/ POM for Kirsty Dinsmore for billiant skillful play, DOD, Katy Needham

L6 lost 4:1 against Thurrock 2, goal from Lucy Walstone, POM, Elena Osen and Lauren Tranter, DOD, Fi Bailhache

L6 19.01.19 Ph. Iain McAuslan

L7 won 2:0 against Basildon 4, goals from Caroline Dale and Tali Osen, POM, Frances White for ball control and passes down the left, DOD Lindsay Thompson and Bea Dyer for stopping to have a chat about shoes mid-match. 

L8 won 4:0 against Waltham Forest, goals from Jess Bartlett (3) and Ali Scott, POM, Jess Bartlett for the hat-trick and for a particularly dedicated sliding goal, DOD, Anna Aleshko for keeping her bobble hat on the whole match


Photos all by Iain McAuslan

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