Wapping get back to winning ways as Bull banks points against Peterborough rivals
PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 January 2018
Wapping began the second half of the East Premier A season in style with a 2-1 win over title rivals Peterborough.
The two sides had shared a 4-4 draw earlier in the season, with Peterborough looking to make use of their game in hand.
But Wapping began well with aggressive pressing and intense attacks, forcing three penalty corners inside 10 minutes.
James Bowler produced some good saves as Peterborough began to control possession, but was beaten just before half time when a long cross was deflected in.
Wapping hit back with 15 minutes remaining after excellent work in the right corner by Nat Crawley and Ben Bull, left Crawley to fire home a backhand shot from a tight angle.
Peterborough kept pushing, but Wapping defended well, with Bowler produced a man of the match display, and the Londoners claimed victory five minutes from time.
Dave McLean beat a number of players as he broke upfield, then released Grant Aidoo Nash on the left to cross for Ollie Bull to fire home.
The win leaves Wapping in second place, three points behind St Albans having played a game more.
They are set to host Spalding on Saturday week (January 20).
The seconds lost 3-2 to their Peterborough rivals, despite goals from Richard Ripper and Dudley Speiers, while the thirds and fourths saw matches against Broxbourne and Cambridge South postponed.
The fifths went down 3-0 to East London thirds in their derby, while honours finished even between Wapping sixths and sevenths.
Harry Frost, Norval Scott, Adam Burch and Sahil Haria netted in a 2-2 draw, but Wapping eighths and ninths lost to Thurrock (3-0) and Redbridge (5-1) respectively.
Alex Newman, Aidan Cheslin and Roberto Giurgila were all on target as the 10ths beat Brentwood Academy 3-1, but the 11ths lost to Tower Hamlets (6-0).
There was another club derby between the women’s thirds and fourths, with Barbara Lo Giudice and Ruadhan Jenkins on target in a 2-0 win for the higher XI.
And the sixth team beat the sevenths by a 3-2 margin, with Clare Williamson, Ali Scott and Marieke Van Kleef on target for the winners, as Molly Smith and Sarah Guggiari Peel struck for the losers.