A nice drive in the country
sloppy second half
Wapping Mens 3s travelled to Sudbury, the current league leaders, prepared for anything and in good spirit. The first half started well and Wapping quickly relaxed into a familiar rhythm with sustained periods of possession between the defensive four, Michael Wood
, James Wheaton
, Caspar Paulus
and Brad Wherry, and the midfield consisting of Chris Holland
, Rory Twogood
, Alex Gray
and Rob Henderson.
Despite a high and aggressive press from Sudbury, Wapping continued to successfully execute their game plan and soon enough the forward line up of Hamish Forbes
, Kieran Edwards
, Ross Townsley
, Oscar Fass and Kamal Pun
were creating chances in and around the opposition’s circle. However, the much sought-after goal eluded Wapping and the first blow came at the other end where Sudbury found the net from a double deflection which left the Wapping keeper, Charles McCulloch
with little chance, Sudbury 1 - Wapping 0. The goal, however, was against the run of play and must have put the wind in Wapping’s sails, for only a couple of minutes later they had won a penalty corner which was put away by Rory Twogood
from the top of the D, 1-1.
More chances came Wapping’s way but, to the frustration of the forwards, none were converted. In the last minutes of the first half, Sudbury found the net again, this time from a straight strike following a short corner. The visitors went into half-time 2-1 down, but with a sense that the game was theirs to win. After some words of advice and encouragement from coach Norval Scott, the team came out fighting with a renewed sense of belief.
Emotions were high, which unfortunately resulted in Wapping playing the majority of the second half with only ten men. Nevertheless, the London team pushed on and eventually their efforts were rewarded, a deflection from Hamish Forbes
gave them the equaliser 2-2. Sensing that time was running out for the visitors, they went into full attack mode, which left them vulnerable to be caught on the break. However, thanks to some inspired saves from keeper Charles McCulloch
the score line stayed as it was, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Overall, a good team performance from Wapping, they took home a well-deserved away point and remain undefeated.
Man of the match: Charles McCulloch