2s Held in Hard Fought Draw - by Oliver Watts
Madill on the scoresheet again, but second draw of season brings double header weekend into sharp focus. Image Iain McCauslan
Wapping Men's 2nd XI travelled the relatively short away trip east to Upminster knowing they needed to continue on from previous strong performances.
The game started at a high tempo, with Wapping having large percentage of possession. Upminster's well organised press meant this limited the majority of Wapping's possession to within their own half.
Wapping continued moving the ball fast around the back four looking to exploit holes in the opposition. Dudley Spiers, sending some rifle like passes down the channels perfectly created by the ever dynamic movements of the midfield trio of Adam Haines, Alain Traill & Bobby Watson.
This continued with Wapping achieving many circle penetrations and short corner wins through the silky skills of the Irish duo of Jason Black and Jonny Madill. However, through a string of fine saves from the Upminster goal keeper the score remained level as the umpire blew for half time.
The second half started in the same manner that the first finished, with plenty of chances being created for the boys in white.
The pressure was mounting on the Upminster goal and finally Madill poked the ball into the back of the net from close range to give Wapping the 1-0 lead. It won't go down as goal of the season but it gave Wapping the lead they were craving.
The attacking pressure continued from Wapping with Upminster conceding possession and having every man behind the ball. Good build up play through James Fanger and Dom Oliver lead to a shot being saved illegally on the line by the body of an outfield Upminster player. Penalty Stroke to Wapping!
Up stepped Watson looking to double Wapping’s lead. Unfortunately for the forward it was a moment that will be replaying in his mind over and over again for all the wrong reasons, because the flick was comfortably saved by Upminster’s goalkeeper.
Undeterred, Wapping continued in their search for a second goal, with half backs Charley Wright, Sam Philpott and Dan Chamberlain surging forward trying to create the attacking opening.
A turnover and a fast paced counter attack gave Upminster a clear site of goal which they converted to bring the score back level at 1-1. This goal against the run of play left Wapping stunned and with the ever growing tension both sides were reduced to 10 men as the game went into the last minutes.
Wapping were not able to get the winner they were after, leaving the result at 1-1 at the final whistle. A real feeling of two points lost rather than one point gained.
Looking forward the Men’s 2nd XI have a double header next weekend and are still well on track to capture the league title as we enter the closing stages of the season.