M1 v Ipswich
M1 extend their 100% record in 2016.
Wapping's 1st team welcomed Ipswich to fortress Lee Valley (not quite the Mile End concrete jungle) looking to extend their 100% record in 2016. Ipswich have seen an upturn in results since the reverse fixture and posed a threat to this confident Wapping team looking to guard against complacency as the finish line approaches.
Given the abysmal start against Dereham in their last home game, Wapping were determined to come out of the traps quickly and started well, shifting the ball around the pitch with authority. Unfortunately, chances came and went with all the forwards guilty of profligacy in front of goal with a couple of back post misses particularly infuriating coach D'Souza. The direct tactics of Ipswich threatened to open up the Wapping defence but MoM Woody Harrelson marshalled the defence well with a virtuoso display (while pushing Quicksand Fagro into early retirement).
Wapping did eventually get the breakthrough their play deserved although Ipswich can feel aggreived at the contentious manner in which they conceded the short corner. G Nev stepped up to deceive the keeper with the drag flick equivalent of the slower ball in cricket by deliberately taking pace off his flick. The flummoxed Ipswich keeper could only watch as the ball rolled under his foot to just about touch the back board sparking wild celebrations in the 5 strong home crowd. Wapping saw the half out with 10 men after Messent's customary green card for CLEARLY not retreating 5 yards.
There was a nervous feel to the start of the second half as Ipswich grew into the game. The second goal Wapping craved came as some Messent magic in the 'D' ended with him beating the keeper and sending the ball towards the top corner. Time then stopped as The Bulk, lingering in his customary goal thieving position, threatened a deja vu moment following an identical situation against Bedford last season (costing us the league). This time round he managed clean connection to give Wapping their second goal sending the now 9 strong crowd into delirium.
Wapping were comfortable until Joe 'the best player in the club' Trickett, was beaten was a crisp reverse stick shot from a tight angle which he was disappointed not to have kept out. The character of this Wapping side helped see the game out without any further scares from the Ipswich forward line. More chances were missed by Wapping with The Nash Equilibrium fluffing his lines trying to bail out Phil 'I got this Polska' Messent on a well worked short corner.
Once again, the team found a way to get the job done and following Peterborough's loss to St. Albans, are just one win away from the promise land of National League, leaving Club Chairman Stu Burnside practically creaming his pants...bring on St. Albans next week!
MoM: Woody Harrelson, aka Gethin Jenkins, aka Dylan Holman
DoD: Grant Aidoo-Nash (taking one for Phil 'I got this Polska' Messent - true team player)