Wapping dominate Cambridge
Wapping ladies 1st XI had their fifth game of the season against Cambridge City on a windy but bright Saturday morning at Lee Valley. After a motivating pre-team talk from our captain, the team were raring to go out, high-fiving their way onto the pitch, and come back with a well-earned three points.
Wapping started strong with high intensity, pressuring the Cambridge opposition to force the errors. Wapping were reading the game well, stepping in front of players and making a great deal of interceptions. The defensive line held their ground and kept denying the visitors from scoring. After many team plays passing and linking around the opposing side, Lotta Paulus delivered a smooth ball into the D, which Lucy Todd picked up in front of the goalie and casually slipped the ball on the reverse into the goal.
After gaining added momentum from the first goal, Wapping continued to pressure the Cambridge City backline with quick passes around them and kept the majority of the play in their attacking half. Soon after, Wapping won a short corner. Kate O’Sullivan slipped the ball for the deflection, which was followed through by Lucy Todd and went into the back of the net. This routine has now become Sully’s favourite.
Going into the second half with a two-goal lead, Wapping knew that they needed to keep the intensity from the first half and play their own game. The opposition piled on the pressure with high pressing and made a few dangerous counter-attacks that caught Wapping on the back foot. Soon they managed to find one of their forwards high up the pitch, leading to a one-on-one and then converted a goal. Wapping found themselves in a familiar situation, and one that they knew they would need to fight for to finish with the win.
The last 20 minutes of the game included opportunities from both sides to change the score line, but with Meg Pugh in goal, the visitors kept being denied as a result of some fierce saves. Unfortunately, Wapping couldn’t convert their opportunities to score, but this didn’t deter their efforts to put on a good display of hockey right until the final whistle. Final score 2-1 to Wapping. Cheers were had all round with another win under their belts and everyone was feeling positive with the team’s performance.
MOM was awarded to the goal scorer of both goals, Lucy Todd, for her great performance and of course, scoring goals.
Despite there being two of the first cards of the season for the Wapping side, neither of the team members received a DOD vote due to Jennifer Allen’s recent performance, or lack of, of her allocated duties being a much more favoured vote.
P.S. Congratulations to Coach Mesh on the news of a new little Wapping supporter being on its way! #sausagerolls