Last-minute win for Wapping women

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 November 2016

Wapping's women celebrate a goal (pic Iain McAuslan)

Wapping's women celebrate a goal (pic Iain McAuslan)


Captain Todd comes to the rescue at Maidstone

Wapping’s women snatched a last-minute win against Maidstone in their latest East Premier Division outing at the weekend.

Buoyed by their 6-1 success against Holcombe a week earlier, they made the trip down the A2 in high spirits, only to fall behind early on.

Wapping rallied, keeping possession well and applying pressure which was eventually rewarded as Jordan Mulvaney outwitted the home keeper to level.

The visitors remained on the front foot and vice-captain Charlotte Keizer slotted home their second goal, only for Maidstone to square matters against the run of play just before the half-time break.

Despite an impassioned team talk from coach Dave Messham, Wapping fell behind early in the second half.

But captain Lucy Todd stepped up to score with two excellent short-corner strikes to earn the player of the match prize and seal a 4-3 win to keep them in second place.

The men lost 4-1 to Cambridge City in their latest National League outing, with Rob Pryce netting their consolation goal.

But the seconds produced a gr-eight performance to put Blueharts to the sword in their East League Division One encounter.

Wapping played their best hockey in weeks, with Jonny Madill’s shot deflected onto a post by Tatai Dewes inside 30 seconds.

They took the lead when Dom Oliver’s corner was saved and captain Charley Wright pounced to slot home the rebound.

Ollie Davies applied the final touch at another corner to double the advantage, as Chris Monger was left a virtual spectator at the other end.

James Fanger, Adam Haines and player of the match Nick McLaren combined for the latter to make it 3-0 and Jason Black added a fourth before the interval.

Madill and McLaren struck in quick succession after the restart to make it 6-0, with Black claiming his second at the far post after Oli Watts and Mark Bennett had combined for Michael Bolle to fire goalwards.

Wapping completed their 8-0 triumph late on when Sam Philpott and James Byford joined forces to win a corner, which was converted at the far post by Dewes, and victory allowed second-placed Wapping to move to within two points of the leaders.

Other results: Wapping III 5 (Alex White 3, Rory Twogood, Hamish Forbes) West Herts III 1; Wapping IV 0 Brentwood 3; Wapping V 2 (Harry Travers, Alex Riddick) Maldon 1; Wapping VI 4 (Phil Beer, Ben Bradish, Dave Charlesworth, Tom Finill) Southend II 0; Wapping VII 6 (Rory Cameron 3, Sahil Haria, Tom Griffiths, Dave Bateman) East London IV 1; Wapping VIII 6 (Oli Kean 3, Kevin Sonneveld, Sjoerd Wartena, Patrick Tuohy) Thurrock II 2; Wapping IX 1 (Andy Gill) Basildon 4; Wapping X 1 (Alex Newman) Chelmsford V 5; Wapping XI 3 (Andy McIntyre, Adam Calvin, Sam Jones) London Royals 0.

Women, Wapping II 0 Sevenoaks II 7; Wapping III 2 (Sacha Cooper, Holly Marven) Witham 0; Wapping IV 0 Maldon 4; Wapping V 0 Brentwood II 1; Wapping VI 2 (Bee Hughes, Katy Needham) Witham II 5; Wapping VII 3 (Amy Christie, Sarah Arrell, Christina Cassidy) Redbridge III 1.

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