Wapping begin title party
PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 March 2015
Men's second string are crowned champions
Wapping men’s second string were crowned East Division Two South champions with three games to spare after a 4-1 win at West Herts.
The visitors dominated from the start, with Matthew Bunyan, Ray Paulson and Adam Haines on top of the midfield battles.
And they took the lead when Adam Farley, captain Charley Wright and Dudley Spiers linked up to find Heye Scheftel, whose ball into the D found Michael Bolle to deflect home.
Stewart Inglis had a goal ruled out before man of the match Bolle made it 2-0 with his 10th goal of the season, but Joe Carpenter was sent to the sin-bin.
The leaders defended superbly, though, and Bolle completed his hat-trick from close range after the restart.
Joe Trickett made a series of saves to deny the hosts before they eventually hit back from a short corner routine.
Wapping restored their three-goal margin soon after as Wright’s aerial found Haines and he teed up Alex White to net from a tight angle.
Coach Steve Turner said: “When we had one point from the first three games you obviously do have doubts. However, the boys showed their mettle with a 12-game winning streak and I’m very proud of their efforts.”
Captain Wright added: “We had a very clear objective and did a great job. The lads deserve all the plaudits they get and we will aim to collect a record points total before focusing on next season.”
The first team kept their East Premier A title hopes alive with a 4-0 win over Cambridge City.
Ollie Salvesen’s solo effort got them going and Ollie Davies made it 2-0 from a short corner after the restart.
Grant Aidoo-Nash deflected in Tom Sibley’s cross following a fine team move and Felix Styles converted a corner to make it 4-0.
Victory keeps Wapping on top, but Harleston have a game in hand and the top four are still to play each other in the last three games.
Wapping’s women battled to a vital 1-0 victory at Ipswich in their fight against relegation from the East Premier Division.
They began well in Suffolk, but could not convert their possession into clear chances and needed a combination of brave defending and good saves by Karen Perkins to remain on terms at the break.
Wapping forced a couple of short corners early in the second half, without reward, and came under more pressure from the hosts before a good move on the left between Charlotte Keizer, Kaela Barker and Kate Silbermann led to another corner.
Sarah Burke’s strong shot was saved, but joint player of the match Fiodhna Burke was on hand to smash the loose ball home.
Captain and joint player of the match Helen Rees commanded the central midfield areas in the final 10 minutes, with Wapping working hard to shut any Ipswich attacks down and hold on for victory that lifts them two places up the table.
Top performers elsewhere were the women’s fifths, who beat Thurrock seconds 9-1.
Other results, men: Wapping III 3 (Holland, Austin, Traill) Maldon 3; Wapping IV 1 Phoenix 1; Wapping V 2 (Charlesworth, van Stolk) Witham II 3; Wapping VI 4 (Beer 3, Peel) Old de Ferrians 1; Wapping VII 0 Clacton II 2; Wapping VIII 0 Crostyx III 0; women: Wapping II 0 Redbridge 1; Wapping III 5 (Cerio, Cooper, Bryne, Schaps-Bolle) Phoenix 3; Wapping IV 0 Old Loughts III 4; Wapping V 9 (Marven 2, Edwards 2, van den Brink 2, Dubosc 2, Humphry) Thurrock II 1; Wapping VI 5 (Williamson 3, Shakerchi 2) Romford II 1; Wapping VII 0 East London V 5.