Bothersome Broxbourne Beaten By Belated Song Strike
Ah! Sunday. The day of mixed hockey with salacious tales of escapades past and hangovers present!
Sunday 24th January was no different as the Wapping Printers welcomed Broxbourne to the newly refurbished and re-laid JO, our true home, for a National Cup game. Fancy!
To say that the game was one sided in the opening exchanges would be an understatement as Wapping pressured the visiting defence constantly. The pressure told when Natasha Close converted from the back post after some impressive work on the right by Kate Silbermann and Hannah Gage.
Soon after Wapping were clinical again at the back post, making it 2-0. Or so they thought. The distant umpire overturned the decision from the half way line with a firm impression of the ball hitting an attackers foot in the build-up. Replays are EXTREMELY inconclusive here...
Despite this the home side still attacked well through their strong spine of Michiel Marck, Dom
Oliver and Greg Edmunds. Steven Turner also played in a central position.
Eventually Wapping were able to claim their rewards for their dominance, forward Alex White slotting home calmly to take a two goal advantage into the break.
The second half started auspiciously for the home side. Continuing with a shape that had served them well after stand-in coach Charley Wright changed things mid-way through the first half, Broxbourne managed to get a foothold in the game.
A strange breakaway down the Wapping left allowed a Broxbourne player to convert past the ear of Meg Pugh in goal, as much to her surprise as that of the striker and her team’s.
More surprise was yet to come, when sweeper Turner horrifically took down one of the visiting female players with the ‘Jab of Doom’, sending her sprawling, and him to the sin bin.
With ten players Wapping consolidated well and even had chances. They also drew a second yellow card from the umpire’s pocket, but this time it was shown to a Broxbourne player for cynical play.
However, no sooner had Wapping returned to their full complement of 11 players, had they conceded an equaliser; a brilliant finish on the turn from a visiting forward.
Not to be panicked, Wapping continued to drive forwards. Forwards Matt Hyden and Louise Song combining well. It was this combination that worked to release White one-on-one with the ‘keeper. White attempted to round the stopper, who did well to get something on the strike, yet could only watch on with horror as it span towards the goal. At the last second a Broxbourne defender dove to stop its progress, but only managed to sweep it just out of her own reach, lying helplessly as the prowling Song pounced on the loose ball and tapped home calmly for the win. An unusual way to win, but a 3-2 win nonetheless.