Wapping M9 v Upminster M4 (h)
"Space Cowboy Masterclass" by Alex Newman
The day started bright, as the M9s prepared for their stadium-filling 5pm slot at LV. As night time drew in, and the rain started to dribble, it became apparent we had no umpires. Luckily, a couple of amateurs* were available to fill in for the start...
Paul Whelan once again was keen to demonstrate his lust for throwing balls, with a trademark aerial inside 2 minutes and so the game began.
It was even to start, but Wapping slowly asserted their authority. We had a few early chances, with Tim Alexander flashing several past the post; Alex Newman particularly guilty of missing a back post tap-in, a theme that was to continue.
The two allocated umpires arrived about 15 minutes into the game, having finally negotiated their way round the Limehouse traffic. Not long after this Wapping took the lead through a short corner, with Will Daniels the man to slam home from the top of the D. Calls that it didn't leave the area were waved it away. Goal given. 1-0 Wapping!
Wapping remained fairly comfortable throughout the half, and took the lead into the break, however Upminster were showing signs that they could trouble the Wapping defence. Not long into the second half and this point was proven, as Upminster grabbed an equaliser.
This kicked us into gear again and some strong running from DT and DC opened up the space. Richard Parson's running forced some champagne hockey, as Andy 'Juggers' Gill and Matt Wheeler played a classic 1-2 down the line; a tap in for Alex Newman and a chest bump from Johnny Ellis. 2-1!
We extended our lead with some unusually unselfish play from Harry Inch; laying it off to Will Daniels to tap in from close range for his second of the game.
With the game seemingly won, we tried to press home our advantage in the search of goal difference and glory... Sadly, the "U's" didn't get that memo as they earn't themselves a second. I didn't see it personally, but I'm sure, with Nathan Ellisdon as part of our solid defence, we wouldn't have conceded if it wasn't incredible!
Time to put the game to bed; after a beautiful bit of wing play by Johnny 'Ozil' Ellis, dribbling half the pitch and putting it on a p-spot plate, Newman was waiting to finish with glee to add his second goal of the match.
MOM went to Johnny Ellis for his constant running to create at least three of our goals. DOD to Alex Newman for hat-trick avoidance. 4-2 win going into a challenging few weeks. 5 points from promotion, someone whispered...
*The stand-in umpires were far from amateurs - a massive thank you from the M9s to the two pool umpires who stepped in at the last minute to help out!