Upminster lose out to leaders
PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 February 2015
Late goals condemn side to heavy defeat
Upminster were sent to a humbling 5-1 defeat by East Division Two South leaders Wapping seconds at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.
The home side made a bright start, enjoying much of the play in the first half, but Upminster held firm until Wapping made the breakthrough with a well-worked goal at close range.
Upminster adopted a more aggressive attitude after that and their perseverance paid off when Steve Wright fired home from a short corner to level.
It was all to play for in the second half and Wapping received a couple of yellow cards, allowing Upminster to get on the front foot.
But despite forcing a number of short corners they could not find the target and, as fatigue set in, Upminster were punished for some unforced errors late on as Wapping netted four times in the last 10 minutes.
The fifths faced a six-pointer at Colchester fourths, with sides towards the wrong end of the table and battling against relegation.
The home side began well, snapping into tackles and reacting quicker than Upminster, but the visitors took the lead when Matt Tilbury converted from the penalty spot.
Colchester levelled from a short corner midway through the first half and stepped up a gear in the second period.
Good defending by Zak Orpin and smart saves from defender of the match Nathan Grey kept Upminster on terms, while Tilbury had a good effort well saved at the other end.
Tom Hilson saw his shot fly just past the post before Colchester grabbed a winner 15 minutes from time from a poorly defended short corner.
Defeat leaves Upminster in a fight for survival and they head to the Olympic Park to take on high-flying Wapping tomorrow (Saturday).
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