M1 vs Ipswich by Phil Messent
Wapping 1st XVI hit the road for the most anticipated away trip of the year, Ipswich.
Wapping 1st XVI hit the road for the most anticipated away trip of the year, Ipswich. The maroon turtlenecks came into this match up high in confidence having won their previous two matches at a canter.
Wapping got off to their trademark fast start and made the most of this when goal machine Marck notched with a tidy finish. The away side continued to apply the pressure which led to a penalty corner. Graham, a specialist left slipper, grabbed the bull by the horns and went for goal. With his effort driving towards the goal line it smashed into the body of an Ipswich defender having beaten the goalkeeper. The umpire duly gave a penalty stroke. Dutchman Marck stepped up confidently to notch his third penalty stroke of the season. The first half finished 2-0.
Following half time, Wapping’s Cafu (Graham) scored arguably the goal of the season to date with a superb shot from the top of the circle which slammed into the top of the back board in the far left hand corner. Unstoppable. At 3-0 down, Ipswich, playing host to the finest sand based pitch in the country, finally had a spell in the game. However, Man of the Match Trickett pulled off a number of fine saves to restrict the home team. That said, Ipswich did manage to pull a goal back.
Wapping continued to play nice hockey with Salvesen scoring a cheeky near post finish from the left hand baseline to make it 4-1. Ipswich ended up pulling one more goal back but Wapping were never troubled extensively. The game ended 4-2 to the visitors who now prepare for a top of the table clash with St Albans next week.