Wapping win thriller, men miss out
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 February 2015
Women on top in seven-goal drama
Wapping’s women came out on top in a seven-goal thriller with East Premier Division rivals Saffron Walden at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.
The home side made a strong and determined start and a superb run on the left by Kate Sildermann gave Louise Song the chance to slot home the first goal of the game.
Saffron Walden were quick to hit back, though, as they stepped up the pressure and launched several counter-attacks before capitalising on a lapse in concentration in the Wapping defence to draw level.
The visitors forced their way in front with a second goal from a goalmouth scramble, but Wapping stayed patient and worked the ball well through their midfield.
And Jo Ward was rewarded for her quick runs and stick skills as she netted an equaliser just before the interval.
Saffron Walden regained the lead soon after the restart, but Natasha Close pounced on an opportunity to make it 3-3.
And, as both sides continued to go in search of a winning goal, Wapping survived a late spell of pressure to win a short corner with five minutes remaining, which Charlotte Keizer swept home to secure victory.
“It was a tight, exciting game and a fantastic result for Wapping,” said captain Lucy Todd, after Kate Radford and Silbermann shared the player of the match honours.
Wapping’s men were edged out by title rivals St Albans in their latest top of the table encounter in East Premier B, leaving them with just a one-point advantage at the summit.
The visitors began well and took the lead through Ollie Salvesen after some brilliant build-up play from Rob Pryce.
But Saints hit back midway through the second half with a quickfire brace of short corner strikes and Wapping could not get back on level terms.
They saw one effort ruled out as the ball crossed the line a split second after a short corner had been awarded by an umpire, then missed a penalty stroke and hit the inside of a post.
The home keeper also made a string of superb saves to keep his side in front and Wapping coach Ryan D’Souza said: “We are disappointed with the result, but not our performance.
“On another day we could have scored at leas six goals and we paid for not converting our gilt-edged chances. But we remain confident we will achieve our objective this season of promotion to the National League.”
Tom Sibley was named player of the match for Wapping, who are set to host Blueharts on Saturday (12.30pm).
Other results, men: Wapping II 1 (Bowles) Broxbourne 3; Wapping III 3 (White 2, Alder) Redbridge 0; Wapping IV 2 (Emery, Clarke) Brentwood II 1; Wapping V (Hitchell) Old Southendian II 2; Wapping VI 2 (Reus, Insall) Brentwood IV 1; Wapping VII 4 (Bell 2, Leigh) Havering III 1; women: Wapping III 1 (Hanley) Harlow 2; Wapping V 3 (Marven, Hogg, Dubosc) Brentwood III 1; Wapping VI 6 (McCready 2, James, Pointer, Lloyd-Smith, Shakerchi) Havering IV 1.
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