Wapping M9 v Waltham Forest 4 (h)
"snow was falling, half the team were in the pub" - by Jon 'J lo' Lowe
In what should have been the last game of the season, Wapping M9s faced bottom of the league Waltham Forest on St Paddy’s Day. The snow was falling so half the team were in the pub to watch the rugby, expecting the game to be called off… it was not. A little bit on the tipsy side for a few, the game started strong for Wapping controlling the ball and moving it around despite the freezing temperature.
Sam Uden on his recall back to the M9s provided us with the opener, slotting home the ball brilliantly at the back stick after a break away and cross. I think he then doubled the lead for us… I’ll admit one of those players in the pub before the game may have been me.
Johnny Ellis scored another for us before the half time break, continuing his great season of providing assists and goals. 3-0 Wapping half time.
The second half saw us take the foot off the gas really. Either the cold weather, which was really lashing down at this point, or the little bit of booze before the game wore off and we allowed Waltham back into the game.
They scored twice in succession, bringing the game back into contention and making us panic a little. We didn’t want to give Waltham there second point of the season, or even worse their first and only win. So ever-reliable captain Matt Wheeler stepped up and took responsibility, extending our lead back to being two goals clear. This gave us a bit of time to muck around, as Nathan Ellisdon found himself up front during parts of the game (something we shouldn’t try again), as well as some attempted glory balls and general banter being thrown around the pitch.
Final whistle saw us win quite comfortably in the end 4-2. It was not the end of the night as Paddy’s Day saw many more drinks consumed across London, and even allowed one Irish lad to score in possibly the most important way.
MOM went to Sam Uden for his double on his M9 return after being recalled from the MXI. DOD went to Liam Flynn for wearing an Ireland rugby shirt, but still not knowing the difference between the Irish and Ivory Coast flags...