Wapping men fail Cambridge test
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 February 2017
Club facing battle for National League survival
Wapping’s men are still searching for their first National League win of the season after a 5-2 home loss against Cambridge City.
The hosts went into the match with renewed belief after an encouraging display a week earlier, but conceded twice inside the opening five minutes.
That set the tone for the day, although Rob Pryce and Rory Preston combined well for Wapping, who lacked a killer instinct.
The visitors sat back after the restart, but counter-attacked to effect to net a third goal, before Wapping enjoyed a 15-minute spell of sustained pressure.
Goals from Pryce and Richard Marshall sparked the home side and their supporters into life, in a season-defining period of play, but hopes of an equaliser were dashed as Cambridge broke and drew a yellow card from Wapping vice-captain Will Cairns.
Down to 10 men, Wapping conceded twice more in quick succession, but with five matches still to play, they remain determined to avoid the drop.
Wapping’s women had to settle for an East Premier point at Bedford after a 2-2 draw.
They took the lead when Dutch defender Maria Keizer slipped a pass to Jade White, who deflected the ball into the net.
And good work by Keizer, Aoife Smyth, Becky Hart, Sarah Burke and keeper Meg Pugh kept the home side at bay before the interval.
Wapping doubled their lead with a superb team goal after the restart, as slick combination play in midfield between Aisling McKeon and Lotta Paulus saw the ball reach Belinda Armstrong on the left of the D and her powerful shot was deflected in by player of the match White, who suffered a broken thumb in the process.
Bedford hit back on a counter-attack to halve the deficit and then won a short corner, which was saved by Pugh and Keizer, before the rebound was tucked away to level matters.
Wapping forwards Katelynn Roganowicz, Jordan Mulvaney, Francesca Sutton, White and Ciara Murphy employed a tight press in the closing stages to force a short corner, but Murphy’s effort was saved by the home keeper as honours finished even.
n Will Daniels hit a hat-trick as Wapping ninths thrashed Witham fourths 7-0.
Andy Gill added a brace, with Aidan Cheslin and Robbie MacDonald completing the tally, and there were four goals apiece from Ali Scott and Christina Cassidy as the women’s sevenths romped to an 8-1 success over Waltham Forest fourths.
Matthew Patterson’s treble led Wapping Pirates to a 4-3 win over East London seconds in their mixed meeting on Sunday, with Ema McCready also finding the net.
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