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Wapping leave it late but Grant is the hero

PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 January 2016

Wapping's Oliver Cooper in action against Blueharts (pic: HockeyImages.co.uk)

Wapping's Oliver Cooper in action against Blueharts (pic: HockeyImages.co.uk)

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The latest set of results from the Lee Valley club

A last-gasp strike by Grant Aidoo-Nash ensured Wapping’s men defeated Blueharts to remain top of the East League Premier A Division table.

It was Wapping’s first match at Lee Valley this year and the home supporters were treated to an exciting encounter.

After both teams made a scrappy start, Dom Graham opened the scoring for the home side with a deflected strike.

Wapping doubled their lead just before the break when Michiel Marck won and converted a penalty stroke.

But Blueharts began the second period strongly and reduced the arrears, before levelling the scores with a smart breakaway goal.

It set up a tense finale and after lots of pressure, Aidoo-Nash deflected the ball into the net with just two minutes remaining to seal a 3-2 success for Wapping.

Captain Oliver Cooper said: “We are happy with the points, but we will need to improve performances in the coming weeks.”

The seconds had less drama in their clash with Bourne Deeping as it ended goalless.

But Wapping thirds couldn’t follow the example of the first team and defeat a Blueharts rival.

Michael Bolle impressed to hit a brace and George Smeaton was on target, but Blueharts seconds finished 4-3 victors.

The fifth team took on the sixths in an eagerly anticipated derby and Matt Patterson proved to be the difference.

Patterson scored twice as the fifths won 3-1 with Oli Perez also on target. Will Vernon found the net for the losers.

There was also a local clash for the sevenths and goals from Rory Cameron and Henry Lewis earned them a 2-1 victory over Waltham Forest thirds.

Rob Insall’s brace inspired the eighths to down Basildon ODF ones 4-1, with Ollie Kean and Will Daniels also among the goals.

Wapping ninths enjoyed six of the best as Nick Summers stole the headlines by hitting a hat-trick in a 6-0 triumph.

Shaun McLachlan, Kevin Sonnevels and Etienne Stalmans were also on target in the rout.

The tenth team had a derby fixture with East London eighths and took the bragging rights after Harry Frost’s double helped earn a 2-1 win.

Wapping’s women went goal crazy in the second half of their East One South clash against bottom club Stevenage to remain at the top of the table.

Helen Rees found the net in the first half and it remained 1-0 at the break, before Wapping came out with added belief.

Lucy Todd bagged a brace, while Kate Silbermann, Kate Radford and Louise Song hit the back of the net in a fine 6-0 triumph.

The seconds were celebrating as well following their clash with Redbridge & Ilford.

Sarah Hanley, Emily Ballinger, Barbara Lo Giudice and Lotta Paulus were on target in an impressive 4-1 success.

Wapping’s third and fourth teams went up against each other in another derby fixture that was a hard fought contest, but the thirds just about did enough to take the bragging rights.

Liv Cerio and Sacha Cooper helped seal a 2-0 victory despite Ambika Nedungadi impressing for the fourths.

It was a day to forget for the fifths as they suffered a 6-0 hammering by East London seconds, but Ellie Brook, Jenny Cook and Heather Shakerchi goals helped the sixth team win 3-0 against Redbridge thirds.

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