Wapping Scores 5 October 2019

Posted by Jon Lowe on 9 October 2019

L1 drew 2:2 with St Albans 2 

Wapping leave it to the second half to start converting their chances, leaving St Albans with a disappointing two nil draw.
The first half against their orange rivals, North of London, saw Wapping's ladies first team at a two goal deficit.  Wapping failed to continue their winning ways for a third week, although portraying a strong game from the outset.  With over 60% of possession, and no success at converting a flurry of short corners, it seemed unjust when  a miss pass from a defender allowed St Alban's their first real chance to cause some mayhem.   A straight strike from the top of the D tested Kate Brannelly's keeping skills.  She saved the shot, but with a three on one, her old club quickly got on the rebound to slot the ball past her.   Wapping kept on, with continued play in the opposition's half but shortly St Albans were on the attack, winning a short corner and with a firm strike, the second goal hit the back board.

l1 5/10 
After a stern team talk at half time, Wapping proceeded to keep their heads up and look for their chances.   Increasing their connections further, the Irish double act, Aisling McKeown and Ciara 'Captain' Murphy finally saw Wapping's efforts come true.  Aisling battling from mid field passed to Ciara who had created some space in the D to switch the ball onto her reverse and slot it pass the keeper charging out. 
With under ten minutes to go, Adrienne Houle had once again shown her silky skills to get into the D and have a shot on goal.  Her lifted shot, came off a defenders stick and deflected into the path of Aisling who did not hold back on smashing the ball into the back of the net.  With only five minutes to go, Wapping continued to battle it out but could not get their just desserts against a stable but fortunate opposition.
L2 won 3-0 at home against Canterbury 2A.
Goal scorers- Jo Ward x2 and Fran Sutton with a flick! 
MOM: Hannah Thomson
 DOD: Jo Ward for being too honest
L4 loss 3-1 

Despite being abandoned by our captains this week for some pretty poor excuses, 13 L4s braved the car-less trip to Hertford to show the youthful team what calibre of play experience can get you. 

We managed to make it to the pitch in good time despite "Great" Northern trains' best efforts locking our players out of their transport. A rousing team talk from Captain Cook had her solid three main points ringing in our ears and we got on the pitch raring to go. New players and old were united in our vision to knock the league leaders from their top spot - Game on.

Hertford's first push back and subsequent possession didn't last long, with Wapping calmly putting on the pressure and using all of the many (many, many) advantages played by the umpire. Hertford's obvious youth and speed (Happy sweet 16th, centre forward!) were difficult to counter but we kept our heads, gaining a short corner with our first entry to the opposition D. Our first straight strike was run down enthusiastically by their 1 runner, but we were re-awarded the short and a nifty left slip to Anne caught the keeper off guard and found the backboard - 1:0 Wapping!
We maintained this pressure and stayed on top for the rest of the first half, with our mids tracking back to join defense and keep the oppo away from our goal, but the oppo did wear us down eventually to catch us on the break. Hertford slotted a ball through the players in the D and tapped it in on the back post - 1:1.
Shortly after this, Hertford capitalised on their momentum and scored an almost identical goal with another back post tap in. We reached half time 2:1 down, and with everything to play for.

The second half started with more of the same, two very evenly matched teams battling it out from end to end. Wapping were clearly getting in Hertford's heads, with tempers getting higher and more and more shots wildly going in the direction of goal but nothing hitting the mark. 
Wapping were feeling the pressure with some sloppy tackles from both sides, but Hertford were ultimately the team to suffer with an attacker convincingly taken out in a 1 on 1 with keeper Cerys, and another Hertford midfielder treating us to some impromptu splits in the middle of the field. In gymnastics she might have got a 10, but Wapping remained unimpressed and kept absorbing the attacking pressure. 

Both sets of defensive players were fantastically passing round the back, but sadly the pressure finally hit Wapping and the oppo managed to steal a short corner and slot it onto the back board - however a rogue Hertford foot in the D led to a disallowed goal. 
The oppo had got the taste of success though, and a classy short in the last 2 minutes led to a final goal for the opposition and a 3:1 loss for Wapping.

The team left Hertford with heads held high after some of the best hockey the team has ever played, and a smug feeling knowing we'd managed to get all of our players successfully on the train. 

POM - Laura Rivieri for fantastic defensive tackles and Cerys Jenkins for all of the diving saves. 
DOD - Ellie Brooke for her 50 mile Ultra, but graciously taken by Cerys J for missing the train and Laura R for wearing leggings in the tropical October sun. 

 l4 5.10
L5 won 2:0 vs a strong Crostyx 3.

Two goals were scored by Lucy Taylor, with PoM going to Anna van Veen.
DoD was won by Emma ‘wash the shirts’ Beresford 
Stuart Burnside: “It were proper good, happy coach 😍”
L6s lost 3-0 to Upminster.
Mom: Krystle Stewart for getting back and helping defence as well as looking like a pirate with my eye plaster.
DoD: Hannah Milne for thinking Sinead had already played 2 games before our 10am pushback

L7 won 3-2 to Chelmsford L6.

Cracking and accurate defense work (“you’re not 5) speedy midfield legs mixed with some lovely shots on goal (even if a few were disallowed) saw L7 battle from 2-0 at half time to win 3-2. 
PoM - Heidi Trumper for out running the oppo at every given opportunity and making the most of her youth. 
DOD - including a self vote for Victoria Steele for essentially getting a ruler out to measure the 5 yard rule. 
Goals - 2 x Christina Cassidy 
1 x Winner from Jess Bartlett

M1 Won 2:0 agaist Bedford 1

Off the back of a good 3 points away from home last week against Harleston Magpies, this week Wapping travelled to Bedford, another familiar foe who had been promoted last season. 
Wapping had a couple of changes to their squad this week, with the returning Ben Bull taking the place of his younger brother, and Sam Kirk making his debut in the backline with Jonny Verity’s absence.
Wapping started the game well, zipping the ball around on the fast Bedford pitch and controlling the game in the first 10 minutes. The visitors enjoyed long spells of passing the ball around the back and were able to beat the Bedford press as they played through midfield and connected well with the forwards. An early PC for Wapping was won in the 5th minute by Ben Bull, although Will Cairns’ saw his drag flick saved by the keeper. However, Wapping continued to attack and a well worked move down the left led to Cairns playing a good diagonal ball to Aaron Blumfied who in turn found Ben Bull on the baseline who was able to pass to Drew Burkin on the back post for a simple tap in. Having taken a deserved lead, Wapping continued to dominate the half and threaten the Bedford goal, although were unfortunately unable to double their lead with some missed chances and good saves from the Bedford keeper, including two more penalty corners that they didn’t manage to convert. 
As the second half progressed, Bedford began to apply some pressure, particularly through their key player Dave Appleton down the right hand side. The Bedford midfielder was able to draw some fouls from the Wapping defence but ultimately Bedford were unable to unlock the visitors and James Bowler made some great saves in goal to deny the home team a goal. Wapping continued to create chances of their own, often on the counter attack and exposing the Bedford backline. 
Eventually, Wapping put the game to bed with a second goal through Joe Chedd when a counter attack started by Burkin and involving Ben Bull resulted in Chedd smashing the ball home on the half volley. With only 5 mins on the clock, Wapping saw out the game and collected another 3 points away from home to make it 2 from 2.

The M2 won 3v1 v Chelmsford 1xi after bring 1v0 down

Scorers Bobby Watson x 2, Matthew Seddon x 1 
No cards of any colour
Mom Bobby Watson
Dod Ed fry for his hairline

M3 won 1-0 against Bedford 2.

MON was Ripper for scoring. 
DOD was Trickett for trying to score an own goal

M4 chalked up their first win today, 3-1 Vs Saffron Walden.

Goals from Sock, Santi, Darren.

MoM Ben Keeble for playing 3D hockey for the whole match and smashing it at left back. DoD was a 4 way split between Sock, Harith, Emery and Badger (largely card related)

M5 lost 2-1 to Chelmsford M2.

Goal from Harry Travers, who also picked up MOM. DoD went to James Hylands

M6 won 4-3 away at Braintree 1s

4 goals for Tim Alexander, Sahil and Iain both greens but not dissent.

MoM Tim Alexander - goals. 
DoD Rory Cameron - failure to nominate someone to collect shirts, so we played in (now lucky) bibs

M6 5.10

M7 - lost 2-0 to Chelmsford

Mom - Sam Peel, engine in the midfield
Dod - Griff, couldn't stop a  ball

M8 drew 1-1 to Old Loughtonians 4

Goal scorer- Miguel 

MoM: Shared between Miguel (goal), Angel Ruiz (solid defending) and Josse Eelman (saving two goals)

DoD - Simon Glancy: Miss of the season. Knocking a child’s teeth out. Wearing that bandana!! And being thick enough to say "We are getting in their heads"

M9 lost 3-1 to Old Loughts 5s.

Goal to Bryn Ford-Jones.

MOM to Andy Gill for having a great game at left back

DOD to Julius Klutmann for spending the game either in the air or on the floor, but rarely on his feet

M9 5.10

Men's X won 8-2 and now top of the table!

Ben Green x 2
Calum x 1
Andy White x hatrick
Ed x 1
Tom scrase x 1

M11 won 5-2
Goals: Nilesh Desai x3, Mark Holmes x1, Aaran Fonda X1
MOM: Nilesh Desai for hatrick
DOD: Avi for hitting himself in the face



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