Wapping's Weekly Roundup

Posted by Jon Lowe on 2 November 2018


Wapping M1 – 2, Norwich City 1 - 1

This week Wapping hosted Norwich at Lee Valley, on a bitterly cold afternoon as the seasons began to turn and the clocks were due to go back. Wapping, off the back of a fine win the week before away at Bedford, were full of confidence going into the game against the team placed second bottom in the league. 

The game started at a slower pace than Wapping perhaps would have liked, with some laboured passes and sloppy turnovers resulting in a relatively evenly matched first 10 minutes. Nonetheless, Wapping soon demonstrated full control of the game and began to spend sustained periods in the opposition 25, as they linked good passages of passes together, stretching the pitch and penetrating the Norwich circle. Multiple chances led to multiple saves from the Norwich goalkeeper and despite a string of penalty corners, Wapping were unable to break the deadlock and the score remained 0-0 at half time. 

The second half started much the same as the first half had finished, with Wapping controlling possession and territory. However, the home team were unable to really test the goalkeeper, and despite making Norwich save a number of shots, most were relatively straightforward as Wapping struggled to get clear cut chances away. More penalty corners ensued, yet Wapping could not convert and frustration began to grow. 

With a little over 15 minutes left to play, Wapping’s defence were caught off guard as a long aerial from the Norwich fullback beat the Wapping back line and some fine skill from the Norwich centre forward put the visitors up 1-0, well against the run of play. Wapping, heavily frustrated by the error but fuelled with even more determination, quickly scored two goals in 2 minutes, both from Oliver Bull, which turned the game around. Despite further chances coming in the final 10 minutes, Wapping were unable to increase the scoreline and the game ended 2-1.  

Whilst Wapping will be disappointed with the final score, they’ll be pleased with the attitude they showed to come back with only 10 minutes to go. Next week they go to Saffron Walden away where they’ll hope to keep this strong run of wins going.

M1 27/10 Iain McAuslan


Wapping L1 – 1, CoP 1 – 0

After having a tough start to the season, the Ladies 1s were ready for a win. CoP pressed us up high and the Wapping defence and midfielders absorbed a lot of pressure and held strong. CoP had a number of chances on goal, but Kate Brannelly in goal made some quality saves and stepped out to take on some great one on one, putting the outfielders stick skills to shame and keeping us very much in the game. We went in to half time with the score line holding at 0-0 and Matt told us to keep doing what we were doing. We continued to absorb lots of pressure as CoP pressed higher and harder. Some great link up play between the defence and midfielders allowed us to play out of CoP’s high press. With just 3 minutes to go, Chelsea Hodgson at played a one two pass infield from left back to new joiner Emily Wilford.  Wilford played the ball across the pitch to Katelynn Roganowicz on the right of the CoP circle.  Roganowicxz played a first-time ball in to Jordan Mulvaney on the penalty spot in front of goal. Jordan wound up and hit a half volley to put Wapping ahead. There were three minutes to go and we slowed ourselves down and held solid making sure we came away with three points. Special mention to Branners, for some fabulous goalkeeping, and Katelynn, for some great pressure and winning the ball back in midfield, on joint man of the match and an even bigger boozier shout to Token for earning herself Walley! 


Wapping M2 – 4, Dudley Spiers – 3

Anti-social is an understatement when describing the hour the Wapping men's 2s had to rise at to meet for an away game at Dereham in darkest Norfolk.  The 6.45am start didn't seem to affect the boys in maroon though, with them making a rapid start to the match as the hail fell sideways across the pitch.  Within seven minutes the visitors were ahead after Sam Gilliat played an outrageous ball to midfield compadre George Miller, square along the top of the 'D'. Miller attacked the baseline before pulling the ball back to Mat Hyden for his first touch of the game, the father-of-one helping the ball over the goal line for 1-0.  However, as has been the case all too frequently this season, the league leaders switched off instantly.  Defender Pete Baile gave the ball away sloppily, with a desperate tackle in response to his error resulting in a penalty corner to the hosts, which they converted coolly. Ever the battlers, the away side took the ball straight back down the other end and won a corner of their own, Hyden again converting from inches off the goal line, his natural habitat. But it seemed the script for this game had been written with more twists and turns than a Norfolk B-road and soon after the home side were back on level terms, courtesy of another Wapping individual error. Captain Dudley Spiers was the culprit this time, a mis-cued aerial attempt landing square on the Dereham forward's stick. The forward squared it to his fellow attacker, who wrong footed Wapping GK Chris Monger, the ball finding a gap through his legs for a comical goal. This Wapping side seem to feed off adversity, as yet again they took hold of the game and more importantly possession, leading to another penalty corner. The recurring theme of corners being converted continued, this time reliable-Scot Alain Traill was on hand to deflect the ball into the backboard. At the interval both teams took stock after what had been an end-to-end half. Someone needed to take the initiative. Strangely, the opening exchanges of the second period were much more measured than the first, Wapping content holding possession, especially when down to ten men after a Bobby Watson green card. But when Spiers was served with the same sentence for a professional foul, the visitors became very anxious. The press became non-existent and the defence struggled to get the ball out of their own half. Wapping survived a few scares but couldn't keep up the rear guard action forever, eventually succumbing to another penalty corner. 3-3 the scoreline. Incredibly, almost inexplicably, Wapping instantly got themselves back in front. Again, Hyden was the saviour, taking the ball with his back to goal and swiveling to strike it unstobbably into the bottom right corner. Going ahead, the visitors had nine minutes to hold off the home side's advances to take three points back to London. In contrast to the rest of the game, Wapping showed considerable control and superior game management, keeping the ball much better than for the previous 65 minutes. That control saw them through to a 4-3 victory and the continuation of their undefeated record, remaining top of the league ready for a key clash with East London next week.


No match this week for the L2’s


Wapping M3 - 3, Potters Bar - 0

Goals from 2x Martin Holden-White, Hamish Forbes. DoD went to Joe Tricket for letting a goal in last week and PoM was awarded to Martin Holden-White.


Wapping L3 -2, Chelmsford 3 – 2

The goal scorers were Pascaline Dubois and Babs Lo Guidice, with Claire Solley and Sandra Akinbolu getting Player of the match, and DoD going to Gemma Roche, for laughing when a child missed an open goal. “Literally, she just had to touch it over the line. So worth it.”


Wapping M4 - 2, East London 2 - 5

M4s lost 5-2 against east London. Sounds worse than it was. Goals from Oscar Fass and Will Epsom. Mom Harith Aldgehather and DoD went to Max tipper for getting injured.

M4 27/10 Iain McAuslan


Wapping 4 – 0, East London 3 - 2

Despite the sun cream being out the last two weeks and the team basking in 24 degree heat it would seem that this week winter had finally struck. Out came the leggings and thermal base layers and the Wapping 4s were ready to go.

East London came out strong, confusing us with an overload in the midfield, allowing them to get two goals in in quick succession in the first 20 minutes. The ladies 4s kept their heads up however and a quick tactical change in positioning meant that the playing field levelled for the remainder of the second half.

Some strong tactical chat at half time and the team were ready to go again. This time Wapping dominated the second half with East London feeling the pressure and there were a number of strong attacks against the East London defence. However, despite a few near misses Wapping were unable to put away any goals leaving the final score at 2-0 to East London.


Wapping M5 – 5, Clacton 1 - 1

M5 beat Clacton M1 5-1 away from home. Goals from Tom Hammond x3, Mark Rigby and Pieter Oldenziel. MoM was Tom Hammond, DoD Craig Gilchrist.


Wapping L5 - 3, Colchester 3 - 0

Wapping L5 beat Colchester 3s 3-0. Goals from Lucy Taylor, Clare Williamson and Lauren Bould.

PoM - Colette Martin for bossing in the middle

DoD - Rebekah Wade for using all her ass to shield the ball

L5 27/10 Iain McAuslan


Wapping M6 – 3, East London 3 – 1

M6 won 3-1, against East London 3, MoM Graham Kershaw top saves, DoD Tim Alexander, no goals, deliberate foot and 20 nuggets pre game. Goals from Alistair Dance, Martin Manecy, Jon Atterbury.

M6 27/10 Iain McAuslan


Wapping L6 – 1, Romford - 4

L6s lost to Romford 4-1. Goals from Ema Mcready.

MoM - Krystal Stewart for keeping calm in goal

DoD - Hannah Milne for cold boobs and dropping a contact on the pitch and playing like a pirate!


Wapping M7 - 2 Havering 2s- 1

Goals for Dave Bateman and Hamza ateeque.

Green card for Matt welland for a stick tackle.

Mom to Bateman for hard work and a well taken Southend short corner.

Dod to Julio Garay-Roa for staying out until 330am with no pepperoni passion


Wapping L7 - 4 , Braintree 2 - 0

A clear, sunny day with a freezing wind for a match against second-from-bottom Braintree. We dominated the play throughout the match, but Braintree stood strong until the start of the second half. Firstly, Christina Cassidy had a strike from a short corner ruled out, then Frances White scored from another short. Three more goals from open play followed with another goal for Frances White, a tap in for Christina Cassidy after the defence decided to leave Laina O'Hara's cross to go off for a hit out and one for Ali Scott. 

L7 27/10


Wapping M8 – 2, Redbridge 2 - 1

Goals: Gareth Williams, Angel De Espanol, Oli Perez

PoM: Angel for being Spanish

DoD: Angel for being Spanish


Wapping L8 – 5, Witham 3 - 2  

Goals from Jess Bartlett x2, Faye Zeller x2, Celine Guillaumet.

PoM: Jess Bartlett and Sophie Wentges

DoD: Cat Geary


Wapping M9 - 3, Maldon 2 - 2

M9 win 3-2 vs Maldon 2. Goals for Sam Uden x2 and Jon Lowe.

MOM: Jon Lowe for a goal and two assist/all round great game.

DOD: Sam Uden for hat-trick avoidance


Wapping X-MEN – 2, Waltham Forrest – 1

MOM:  Ice man Ivo Verstralen

DOD: Nick Grimmwood for showing up to one match and hitting the post, and being a splitter.


Wapping X1 - 2, Braintree Knights - 1

Wapping travelled away to Braintree for a 3pm pushback against a physically strong side in very cold weather with a flat eleven squad. Braintree pushed back and were kept under pressure by the high Wapping midfield. The high press worked and Wapping kept the opposition heads down forcing weaker and inaccurate passes. 

Within three minutes Wapping won their first short corner. A surgical slip by Dylan Morgan to Hamish Tomilinson was chained into a couple of quick one-twos in the D and Dylan Morgan had space to slap the ball for Wapping's first goal.

The press stayed as Wapping intercepted a Braintree long pass and made a counter attack down the left wing, but Braintree managed to force an error to defend the attack. However, the ball rolled to the top right of the D to Ian Bradley who was in lots of space. A quick pushed shot was enough to not give the keeper enough time to come around and Wapping scored their second goal.

As the half progressed Wapping did win more short corners which were not converted, and Braintree put in some counter attacks which were handled by the defence. Braintree had high presses and the central defensive team of Simon Guest and Avinash Patel had to think quickly to clear the ball wide and outlet.

Braintree did win some short corners and had heavy strikers who could strike well. A mix of good defenders and saving by Anthony Prigmore ensured no goals were conceded from the short corners.


After a strong start, Wapping expected more goals from themselves. Generally Wapping were a younger side and should have been able to make Braintree work hard to win the ball. 

However, as the second half started, it looked like failed attacks by Wapping were turning into counter attacking chances for Braintree. Braintree had able defenders who could make strong hits from the back line and attackers who had strength and stick skills. 

The main advantage that Wapping’s defence had over the Braintree attack was fitness that allowed defenders to help each other out and get the ball away. 

Braintree won more short corners which required concentration from the defence and keeper to stop a comeback from the home side.

As Wapping pushed forward, each attack broke down. Most commonly it was for trying to hit through a team who had top ball control and sometimes playing the ball without looking. There are no Jedi in the team.

Half way through the half, an intercepted ball by Braintree was converted into a successful counter attack as one of Braintree’s attackers was able to pull the ball back across the D for a back-post hit into goal. This goal set a tough mood for Wapping as once again they were struggling in a game that should have been finished off early.

For the rest of the half, Wapping focused more on passing the ball around in the attacking half than trying to get a quick ball into the D.

The last ten minutes of the game were uncomfortable as Wapping faced a series of short corners & close-range shots from Braintree who were pushing hard for an equaliser. However, the defence held.

The game ended as a win for Wapping but could have been a loss. Wapping were saved by two early goals that capitalised on forcing errors on the opposition defence.

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