Wapping seconds take over at the top

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 December 2016

Wapping sevens attack against Crostyx seconds (pic Iain McAuslan)

Wapping sevens attack against Crostyx seconds (pic Iain McAuslan)


Men see off Long Sutton rivals

Wapping's Stefan Beekhuizen in action against Crostyx (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping's Stefan Beekhuizen in action against Crostyx (pic Iain McAuslan)

Wapping men’s seconds moved to the top of East League Division One with victory over Long Sutton at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

The visitors were left with little time for a warm-up, after their mini bus broke down en route to the capital, and Wapping began well, with Oliver Salvesen just off-target when through on goal.

Long Sutton were forced into an early substitution when their right-back pulled a hamstring and Wapping opened the scoring soon after when Dom Oliver converted a short corner with an impressive drag flick.

The home defence came under some pressure after that, as Long Sutton looked to respond, and had to thank keeper and player of the match Chris Monger for preserving their lead.

Wapping sevens celebrate a goal against Crostyx seconds (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping sevens celebrate a goal against Crostyx seconds (pic Iain McAuslan)

Wapping doubled their advantage towards the end of the first half when Ian Kibble drew a couple of visiting players towards him and then played the ball to Michael Bolle in the D.

Bolle used his dribbling skills to beat two more defenders then returned the ball to Kibble to slot home.

There was little between the two sides during the second half, although Long Sutton had a player yellow-carded for a foul on Kibble.

Wapping took over at the summit as previous leaders Shefford & Sandy had their home match with Bourne Deeping postponed. It has been rescheduled for this weekend, so Wapping could find themselves back in second place going into the festive break, before their return to action in the new year against East London on January 14.

Wapping attack against Upminster (pic Iain McAuslan)Wapping attack against Upminster (pic Iain McAuslan)

Matt Seddon’s hat-trick led the thirds to a 6-1 win over Crostyx, with Josh Roberts, Tom Rose and Hamish Forbes also on target.

And Giles Barton’s brace helped the sevenths to a 4-1 win over Crostyx seconds, as Sam Peel and Harry Frost added their names to the scoresheet.

Bryn Ford-Jones hit four and Will Daniels added a hat-trick as the ninths thrashed Old Loughts Academy 10-0, with Rei Desai (2) and Harry Inch also finding the net.

And one Nick Grimwood goal proved enough for the 10ths to edge past Witham fifths, as the fifths and 11ths drew with Thurrock (2-2) and Romford (1-1) respectively.

Hat-tricks from Nicky Easson and Caroline Dale saw the women’s eighths to a 6-3 win over Upminster fifths.

But that proved the only win in six fixtures for the women’s section, as the fifths drew 3-3 with East London thirds, with Ella van den Brink (2) and Anna Fisher on target, and the sixths drew 1-1 with Braintree seconds, with Alice Warne their scorer.

The seconds lost 4-0 to Folkestone, the thirds went down 2-1 against Braintree, with Jess Frith grabbing the consolation, and the fourths were beaten 5-0 by East London seconds.

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