The hour long pre-match tactical lecture by captain fantastic Stuart Burnside meant Wapping knew what was expected of them come push back, and in the opening exchanges it was Wapping who started the brighter side, creating several half-chances before midfield marvel Giles Barton took the lead for Wapping with a majestic short corner strike. However, luckless Wapping were soon under the cosh as goal-scoring Giles soon had to be stretchered off with a suspected badly bruised foot. The unsettled Wapping soon conceded the equaliser, with goalkeeper Phil O'Hagan unable to keep out an elaborate Wavering short corner routine. Ollie Watts attempted to rally the team with some fine box-to-box midfield work, and at half time Wapping were still in the game at 1-1.
After regrouping at half time Wapping again started the brighter side, with target man Dan Carter going close on a number of occasions. However, it was Wavering who took the lead following a sustained piece of pressure leading to a ruthlessly executed short corner routine. Wapping fought hard to come back into the match, but the injury curse struck them again with Rob Insall (hamstring) and Mayank Balsara (back) the victims (Ed: and Burnside played on with a broken arm, what a wolf). Wavering seized the advantage and, despite some tenacious tackling from Lawrence Hanoman and last minute defending from Dave Boswell, extended their lead with another well worked short corner routine (Ed: well they had a lot of practice at shorts). Wapping tried their best to get back into the match, but they were always going to struggle with 3 (Ed: 4) injures and a fatigued side. However, this reporter would not want to face Wapping next week, as this wounded wolf will be raring to bounce back.
Final Score: Wavering 3-1 Wapping M6s
Man of Match Phil, for defending more short corners in one game than most keepers see in a season.