Wapping find Southgate too strong in National League
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 February 2017
Seconds come from behind to beat Peterborough
Wapping’s men fell to a 3-0 defeat against Southgate on their return to National League action at the weekend.
The east London club had taken just two points from their first 11 matches and faced a side including eight senior internationals and a Great Britain under-21 player.
But following a string of fine saves from James Stock they fell behind on 22 minutes when Sam Mee fired home from close range.
Dominic Graham and Phil Messent combined well for Wapping on the left to create a chance for Ben Bull, which was well saved.
And Stock kept his side in the hunt until the 63rd minute, when Mee finished off a slick passing move.
Timmy Smyth added a third moments later, but Wapping went close to a consolation when Rob Pryce’s short corner was deflected by Ian Kibble and forced the save of the match from the Southgate keeper.
And coach Ryan D’Souza said: “Southgate are a quality side and deserved winners. I thought Wapping played extremely well, ultimately undone by the quality of the opposition.
“I was pleased with the defensive performance led by James Stock and Will Cairns and it was good to see top performances from the midfield, with Rory Preston, Rob Pryce, Phil Messent, Nat Crawley and Tatai Dewes all playing well.
“We are yet to see the best of our forwards, but there have been some promising performances and we continue to relish the challenge of staying in this division.”
The seconds came from behind to beat basement boys Peterborough thirds by a 4-1 margin.
Jonny Madill fired wide early on, while Alain Traill and James Fanger impressed as Wapping won seven short corners.
Captain Charley Wright, Dudley Spiers, Sam Philpott and Dan Chamberlain defended well, but Peterborough broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half with a deflected shot.
Oliver levelled from the penalty spot and Matt Hyden pounced to put Wapping ahead, before Adam Haines claimed his first goal of the season with a far post tap-in.
Traill deflected in the final goal to keep Wapping two points clear at the top of the table ahead of a blank weekend.
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