Wapping M9 v Crostyx M3 (a)
"a nice pick up and dance" by Jon 'J Lo' Lowe
So, another weekend and unfortunately another disappointing result. But it was only the result that was disappointing, as every guy on the field put everything into the game, and we were very close to getting something out of it.
Crostyx came at us with strong side in the first half, managing to put us under pressure whilst they were passing the ball around very well. Good defending and rallying behind the ball pulled Wapping back into the game, but not before Crostyx went 1-0 ahead. A great asset in the first half was Paul Whelan’s aerials from right back, all the way up to the strikers. Unable to deal with the long ball, Ollie Kean capitalised on some mis-defending taking on a man before slipping the ball to a diving Johnny Ellis who put the ball away.
The game was even at this point, with both sides moving the ball well and attacking strongly. Crostyx were awarded a penalty stroke in the first half, but the ball went wide after Rik’s intimidating presence. Not long after in an almost a mirror image of the first goal, Paul lifted the ball up the pitch to Ollie Kean who very calmly slotted the ball home after a nice pick up and dance around a couple of defenders.
The second half did not go to plan. The Wapping defence came under siege for most of the second half, dealing with a lot of pressure but eventually leaking goals. Every player put in a big shift working for each other. Nick Griffiths may have backed up his team a little too strongly after wiping out a Crostyx player who had made a poor challenge on one of ours just moments before. He earned himself a yellow card, and DOD in the process.
I think the less said about the frustrating result the better, but Crostyx equaled the score, and then managed to poke their noses ahead in the dying moments of the game by scoring a nicely taken short corner.
At home this weekend we are going to be pushing hard for our first win of the season, determined to get those three points.