Crashing at home with Old Southendians
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Having been relegated last season, Old Southendian has seen a mixed bag of results so far (1W,1D,1L) lowering the chances of direct promotion back into Prem B. On the other side newly promoted Wapping M3s has shown little problems adjusting with a different level of pace in the Division 1 so far and remained undefeated following a tough set of starting fixtures (1W, 2D, 0L).
In contrast to last week, Wapping started with a ¾ press. Despite having space on their own back line - Old Southendian struggled to confidently pass the ball out to their midfield throughout the first half. Several interceptions later, Hamish Forbes was able to win a penalty corner. After an initial save by Old Southendian’s goal keeper, it was Josh Roberts who scored from a rebound, with a rocket into the bottom left corner. Subsequently Wapping kept trying to increase their lead with a few chances, which were however missed by the forward line. Failing to do so – Old Southendian levelled the scoring line with their first shot on target. Following a free hit, the Wapping defence were caught somewhat disorganised, by Old Southendian’s right back stepping up. To what can only be explained as a “crash ball” found that unmarked right back gaining possession and immediately crossing the ball in to the centre forward deflecting it into the net. 1-1 at the half.
Coming out of the halftime chat – it appeared that Norval Scott found the right words. Disappointed Wapping tried to reestablish control, but was abruptly stopped by two controversial umpiring decisions leaving Wapping down to 9 men. Ross Townsley (on his last home game of his Wapping career) was being sent off for 5 Minutes and followed within 30 seconds by Richard Musto (Birthday Boy – rumoured to be turning “31”) for a 5 minute suspension. Naturally Wapping tried to hang-in there and overcame that period through a superb team effort. Within minutes – coming from the sideline - it was Ross Townsley who set up a nice attack, which went wide. Following the same setup – Old Southendian wasn’t that lucky again with Oscar Faz “stealing” Ross Townsley’s goal – putting him top in the internal Wapping M3 goalscorer ranking.
Old Southendian started to feel the pressure and went down to 10 men (Yellow Card). Unfortunately Wapping was able not convert this into another series of chances, and saw its hard work being diminished by conceding an unfortunate equaliser with 1 minute to go. All in all, while Wapping can live with this point– it was a prime opportunity missed to get some distance between them and the relegation zone.
Outlook: Next week Old Southendian is playing Bishop Stortford (beat Sudbury 2:1) at home, while Wapping is facing pointless Felixstowe (lost to Upminster 10:0) away.
Written by JCP