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Wapping get fright from old boy Fanger

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 December 2015

Wapping players surround an Upminster rival at Lee Valley (pic: Tim Edwards)

Wapping players surround an Upminster rival at Lee Valley (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Christmas came early for Wapping men’s seconds with a 5-3 win at home to Chelmsford in their final East Division One match before the festive break.

Within five minutes Wapping had the advantage on the scoreboard with the game’s opening goal.

A move started by skipper Charley Wright at right back ending with a penalty corner being awarded and converted by midfielder Nick McLaren.

Soon after, their lead was doubled with the attack this time instigated by player of the match and left back Sam Philpott.

The move drew Chelmsford’s defenders into the top left corner, before the ball was shifted to the top of the D where Ray Paulson was waiting to smash home.

Wapping went into the half time interval with their two-goal cushion intact although there were a few nervy moments in defence for the hosts.

Within minutes of the restart, Wapping had claimed a third through forward Edward Fry who ended a recent goal drought.

The third goal seemed to make the hosts complacent as they soon allowed Chelmsford their first of the afternoon, scored by former Wapping player Tom Fanger.

Wapping continued to come under pressure and Joe Trickett made two important interventions to keep their two-goal advantage.

The hosts were able to add their fourth of the game soon after through Michael Bolle but Fanger struck again.

Fanger completed a memorable return to Wapping by completing his hat-trick to make the score 4-3 and set up a tense finish. But the jeopardy of losing what should have been a routine three points forced the home side into a change of shape and tactics from coach Steve Turner.

Wapping reaped immediate rewards from the change with Heye Scheftel securing the victory with a reverse stick strike from the top of the D.

The win keeps Wapping second in the East Division One table behind Old Southendian heading into the new year.

Elsewhere, the thirds shared the spoils with Upminster after an Alex White effort secured a 1-1 draw for Wapping.

The fourths were another team involved in a thrilling draw against Upminster as they split eight goals evenly.

Stu McQueen (2), Will Epsom and Alex Riddick were the men on target for Wapping in what proved an entertaining 4-4 draw.

Wapping fifths suffered a 3-0 loss against Havering but it was better news for the sixths who defeated Saffron Walden 5-2.

Blake Sergeant, Ben Bradish, Sam Mirchandani, David van Stolk and Chris Young all netted in the triumph.

The sevenths and eighths also beat Saffron Walden opposition, winning 3-0 and 5-3 respectively.

Nick Summers struck a hat trick for the ninths as they beat Maldon Academy 7-1 while Rob Insall scored all the Wapping goals as the tenths beat Waltham Forest by the odd goal in five.

There was disappointment for the women’s seconds as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Blackheath with Emily Ballinger taking player of the match honours.

Anne Coleman and Liv Cerio both nabbed braces for the thirds in a 4-0 rout against Romford, but the fourths lost 6-2 to Chelmsford despite goals from Becky Fox and Hattie Gaunt.

Strikes from Mim Andrews and Ruby Lucas helped the fifths secure a 2-2 draw with Colchester after a pulsating battle.

Wapping sevenths had plenty to cheer with Christina Cassidy and Sarah Arrell netting in a 2-1 win over Chelmsford.

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