Solid Defence Provides Foundation for Wapping Victory
Second home clean sheet of the season against the free-scoring Bourne Deeping gives Wapping confidence for the challenges awaiting them in future week
An overcast day at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis centre saw a tense encounter between two of East Division 1’s more impressive sides after the initial three games.
The game started in frantic fashion, with end to end play fuelled by both sides willingness to throw the aerial ball.
As is becoming common, Wapping’s defence held firm, denying any real chances to their visiting opposition.
The one scare for the home side cam when Matthew Bunyan’s attempted clearance was deemed dangerous and a penalty corner awarded against Wapping. The chance was snuffed out at the top of the ‘D’ with nothing troubling Joe Trickett in the Wapping goal.
Frenetic midfield play from both sides led a dis-jointed first period, but the home side certainly edged the chances count, with occasional glimpses of their best, fluid play falling to forwards Ed Fry and Ollie Bull, who could not convert.
After the break everything changed. The home side came out fighting for their third win from four games and immediately won a string of penalty corners through midfielder James Fanger and man of the match Alain Traill.
The fourth of these penalty corners was converted by Traill, flicking the ball past the ‘keeper and off the post and in with a deft touch to take the hosts 1-0 up.
The Bourne Deeping ‘keeper was called in to action on numerous occasions in the following ten minutes with Wapping looking to further assert their authority.
However, despite his best efforts, he was helpless to save a shot from Fry which was touched under his legs by his own defender and over the line for Wapping’s second.
By this point the home side were cruising, with defenders Dudley Spiers and captain Charley Wright even getting chances on goal, yet only finding the ‘keeper’s pads.
There was one scare for the home side, when an aerial pass from deep found a Bourne Deeping forward one-on-one with the home 'keeper Trickett. The young stopper showed great patience and experience to win the dual easily, swiping the ball away with aplomb to effectively secure his clean sheet, the only goalkeeper to be able to boast this record in East Division 1 this season.
The final whistle brought the end to a tight contest but also a huge boost in confidence to the Wapping side, who kept their second home clean sheet against a side that had scored over ten goals in the previous two games.
Next week it is a journey to March Town for the joint league leaders, with a possible fourth win in five available.