M1 draw opening game with Magpies 1-1
Frustrating start, but lots of positives
Back in East Premier A having come down from the national league last year, Wapping Men’s 1s opened their account with a 1-1 draw against Harleston Magpies. Wapping started much the stronger team, applying pressure on the visitors from the first whistle and creating a number of early chances. A penalty corner in the second minute forced a good save from the Harleston goalkeeper after a low drag flick from Will Cairns. Wapping nearly took the lead moments later through Grant Aidoo Nash following a great interception and wonderful piece of individual skill to see his shot narrowly go by the outside post. Despite controlling large parts of the remainder of the half, Wapping were unable to convert and the scores remained at 0-0 at half time.
Magpies came out after half time looking to sit deep and play on the counter attack. In doing so, Wapping continued to control possession and territory but struggled to break through the visitors who proved to be very resilient in defense. The deadlock was eventually broken 5 minutes from time when Wapping were caught out on a quick counter attack from Magpies, whose attack ended with a 2 vs 1 on Joe Tricket, the Wapping Goalkeeper, and the ball was calmly put away from close range to give the visitors the lead. Wapping responded brilliantly, immediately going down the other end and 5 minutes of pressure culminated in the award of a penalty corner in final play following a reckless tackle on Wapping skipper Will Cairns. It was Cairns who then converted the corner to salvage a draw and stop the visitors taking the 3 points.
Overall, Wapping will be frustrated that they weren’t able to win a game for which they dominated so much of, but will take a number of positives into next week as they continue their fight to bounce back up into the national league