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Mens 4th Team - Match centre

Crostyx 2
Wapping 4
Sat 5 Oct TBC - East Men's Hockey League - Division 3 SE Full time

The 8th wonder of the world

Wapping M4s... the 8th wonder of the world

Apparently 8 is the number of perfection, it has been associated with infinity and the ancient Egyptians believed that it is the number of balance and of the cosmic order - all proved true by 4.30 pm on Saturday at Crostyx.

After a steady 2-0 win over Clacton the previous week Wapping travelled to Crostyx (despite Epsom's best efforts of fooking up the travel arrangements) in good spirits.

Wapping set off at a cracking pace with great harrying from the front two, ably supported by the midfield, putting Crostyx on the back foot from the off and allowing the M4s to quickly take control of the game. Townsley carved open the oppo defence down the left and flashed a shot into the side netting from a tight angle; Crostyx had been warned...

Throughout the first 15 minutes Winder and Torras had found space and success down the right, but with the majority of the play going down the left channel the space grew wider and this was utilised with devastating effect by Wapping; switching the ball quickly around the back, Winder at RB smashed a long ball down to Townsley on the right who played in JT on the 23, taking the ball at pace JT beat two players as he drove to the byeline before playing a perfect ball back to Epsom at the back post who duly tapped in; a great team goal.

Epsom made it two with a run to the top of the D before fooling everyone by topping his shot beautifully - the keeper had no idea where the ball was going; excellent deception Mr Epsom. For the rest of the half the Claw dominated possession and played some intricate hockey, only impatience and wayward finishing keeping the score 2-0 at the half.

The second half began where the first ended with Emms and Lichenstein controlling the middle of the park ably supported by Badcock and Stupart on debut, allowing the forwards space and time to attack the oppo from all over the pitch. Spiby lifted the ball over the keeper after just a few minutes to kill off the game as a contest. With spaces getting wider Wapping started to play some exciting hockey, Torras in particular tormeted the oppo's left back before taking on seemingly the whole defence in and around their D before somehow slipping the ball into the back of the net off his reverse stick, 'poof' as Jacobo might say...

Emms, who had been imperious throughout despite misplacing several simple passes and instantly forgetting them for the purposes of his stat-counting, scored the pick of the goals with a wonderful first time reverse stick shot following a clearance by the Goalkeeper, letting rip from the edge of the D and giving the keeper had no hope as the ball whistled past his stick side at head height. Kudos to Emms for his celebration "Go on Emmsy" shouted loudly; if there is one thing this game needs more of it is people talking about themselves in the third person; Townsley certainly thinks so.

There was still time for Epsom to wrap up his hat-trick, and Dixon (2) to get on the scoresheet during a cameo at the wrong end of the pitch - the first being a particularly fine effort of technique and patience, the game ended with the Claw in total control with all the outfield players putting in very strong performances. 'Keeper Kershaw had a flawless game, somewhat helped by not touching the ball once; a testament to the defending all over the pitch by the team.

A great team performance with good game management from the sideline by Cap'n Taylor in what was undoubtedly his strongest performance in years; he has truly found his strongest position - just off the pitch.

Ballentine also showed his hairy face - someone must have told him there were girls playing or something...

MoM: Townsley - running, tackling, tracking, shouting (hon. mention to Epsom and Lichtenstein)
DoD Emms - Go on Emmsy - horrific goal celebration
Goals Epsom (3) Dixon (2) Torras, Spiby, Emms


Word of the day for our Spaniards :
Melodramatic
1. Having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama:
2. Exaggeratedly emotional or sentimental; histrionic:
3. Characterized by false pathos and sentiment

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