Wapping men unrewarded at Richmond
PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 February 2017
Second string hit rivals for six to stay top
Wapping’s men put up another brave fight against National League title hopefuls Richmond, but could not avoid another defeat.
The visitors gave their best performance of the season, but despite controlling play for long periods they still slipped to a 3-1 loss in south west London.
However, with three of their last four matches of the season against teams towards the foot of the table, they still harbour hopes of escaping the drop.
James Stock made two fine saves early on, but Wapping lost centre-back Felix Styles to injury as the first half ended goalless.
Richmond opened the scoring five minutes into the second half thanks to a short corner from Charlie Ellison, but Wapping applied pressure from the restart and drew level with Ollie Salvesen’s far-post finish.
The visitors then won a short corner, but Richmond broke out and restored their lead through the clinical Ellison.
Player of the match Will Cairns led another Wapping rally, but they conceded again five minutes from time when an aerial pass was touched across the D to Josh Smith to tap home.
Coach Ryan D’Souza said: “Richmond are a quality side but their playing style suited us well.
“We deserved at least a point, but cannot complain, given we did not take advantage of our periods of dominance.
“Games in this league are won on few chances. It was a lesson in being clinical.”
The seconds remain top of East Division One after a 6-0 thrashing of Norwich City at Lee Valley, where they remain unbeaten for two years.
Ian Kibble won an early short corner, with Dom Oliver’s drag flick beating the keeper to open the scoring.
And Kibble then finished off a neat move involving Nick McLaren, Ollie Davies and Adam Haines with a convincing low strike to double the lead, before Oliver Watts and Sam Philpott denied a Norwich short corner.
Excellent midfield play by joint player of the match James Fanger set up Michael Bolle to make it 3-0 early in the second half, before Kibble evaded several tackles to send a reverse stick strike into the bottom corner on his way to a share of Wapping’s award.
James Bowler produced a good save to thwart the visitors, before clearing to Davies, and he found Fanger to pick out Oliver at the far post for a reverse stick deflection.
Scottish forward Alain Trail completed the scoring when diving to deflect Oliver’s pass at a short corner.
Kamal Pun scored four times as the fourths romped to an 8-1 win over Colchester, with harith Aldegather, Jon Broomfield, Matt Wilson and Will Epsom also on target, while the fifths shared eight goals with Southend.
Tom Hammond, Tom Brownill, Harry Travers and Charlie Ballentine were Wapping’s scorers in the 4-4 draw, while the sixths edged past Crostyx seconds 2-1 as Tom French and Tom Finill netted.
Harrison Probert’s brace and a goal from Rel Desai saw the eights beat Saffron Walden fourths 3-2, while Nick Grimwood’s hat-trick helped the tenths to a 9-2 success over Old Southendian fifths.
Bryn Ford-Jones and Aidan Cheslin added braces, with Hans-Christian Mehrens and Ed Richards completing the tally.
Atif Ayaz and Robin Allen found the target to see the 11ths to a 2-1 win over Harlow seconds, but the sevenths lost by the same margin to Old Southendian seconds, despite Dave Bateman’s goal, and the ninths went down 1-0 to Old Loughts Loppers.
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