2s to Div 1 - a rivalry continues
First win of the season
Broxbourne having followed Wapping up from Div 2S last season, were out for a bit of payback after being piped at the post for the title in the last game of the season.
Wapping started well with a high attacking press, defending the home turf. The midfield worked the ball around well, created chances for the forwards repeatedly. After 10 mins, the spectators started to see that the pressure was building. Right from the back, Caspar Paulus
and Josh Roberts
were a fortress. Exceptional tackling and deadly long through balls direct to the front line.
With a few chances in-front of goal, wapping were starting to get frustrated with Broxbourne’s defensive line. The 3D skills of Broxbourne were able to relieve their defence time and time again chucking the ball out and over the press time and time again.
As Broxbourne started another fast paced attack down their left hand side, a tackle from Chris Holland
allowed Wapping to turn the ball over at the 1/2 way line. After a quick spin and a reverse flick off the shoulder to Bradley Wherry
, Wapping stormed forward. Slipping the ball to Ross Townsley who fired the ball towards the back post where Oscar Fass lay waiting. Taking his chance Wapping went 1-0 up with 5mins to go of the first half.
But Wapping were not done yet for the half, a last minute attack saw some desperate scrambling on the Brouxbourne goal line. Only to be denied after 2 saves right off the line. The leave the score at 1-0 Wapping.
After a little restate both teams were fired up again for the second half. Wapping wanting to come out and put the game to bed, Brouxbourne never giving in and fighting until the end.
After some end to end play, both teams were starting he feel the heat of a sunny Septemeber in their legs.
Brouxbourne proceeded to win a short corner where they managed to dribble from the top of the circle forcing Charles McCulloch
to log in front of goal. They managed to flick the ball over and into the net, 1-1.
Wapping however have been in the position far too many times, with the experience of Hamish Forbes
and Ross Townsley up front they were not done. Alex Grey and Rob Henderson were causing all sorts of problems for the opposition. Turning the ball over, tracking back with all the fight in the world. Wapping knew that this was the perfect day for short corners.
There was some shaky moments for both teams before Wapping won their 2nd short corner of the day where Rory Twogood
stepped up to the plate and flicked the ball into the back of the net, 2-1 Wapping.
Getting later in the game, both teams were starting to flag. Full backs James Wheaton
and Tim Carter
were holding strong, feeding the midfield and forwards, firing the balls down the line and tackling everything coming into their paths. Kieran Edwards
was outstanding in keeping the intensity high and never letting the opposing defence rest.
Unfortunately Caspar Paulus
took a heroic elbow to the face to ensure Broxbourne could not win another short corner. Life and limb on the line for the team is the least we can expect from the Centre back. After a nail biting switch around of tactics and positions, Wapping settled into a new formation.
Once taking a few minutes to settle, focusing on keeping calm and possession Wapping were determined to see the game out. ButRory Twogood wasn’t finished yet, as he took a break away weaving his way through the to circle, managing to seal the fate for Wapping. 3-1, with only 8mins to go.
A stunning, thrilling and excellent mannered game again between these two teams, both looking promising competition for the coming season.