Wapping men’s Firsts hosted Cambridge City at the weekend and fell to a 5-2 loss at home in the National League.

The opening five minute set the tone for the match, with two goals being conceded early as Cambridge effortlessly passed the ball through the Wapping defence into the net.

The disappointing opening for Wapping was always going to make the rest of the match an uphill struggle but they did manage to keep possession for prolonged periods of play.

The home side looked dangers on the ball, creating some nice moments down the right flank with Rob Pryce and Rory Preston linking well but lacking the killer instinct in front of goal.

Things soon got worse for Wapping as City gained their all-important third goal after the break.

But they did not give in and goals from Pryce and Richard Marshall sparked the team into life.

However, just as things were looking promising for a comeback, another counter attack by Cambridge led to a yellow card for vice-captain Will Cairns.

And going down to 10 men against one of the top teams in the division proved too much with Wapping conceding a further two in quick succession.

The firsts are still looking for their opening win of the campaign but with five matches to be played there is still plenty of hockey left for them to avoid relegation.

Wapping’s ladies Firsts missed the chance to gain maximum points away to Bedford drawing 2-2 with the hosts.

The ladies started the match with a determined mind set and Jade White soon gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage when she deflected the ball into the net.

In the second half, they doubled their lead with a superb team goal.

Belinda Armstrong’s powerful shot on goal was deflected into the Bedford goal by the thumb of Jade White.

Bedford quickly increased the pressure and succeeded in converting a counter attack goal before scoring their second from another short corner.

And in the last minute of the game, Wapping had a chance to score the winner. Ciara Murphy stepped up to take a left slip shot but it was saved by the Bedford keeper.

Waltham Forests ladies Firsts gained their third win in a row defeating Gore Court 2-1.

It was a tight game with both teams having some chances in the first half but neither converting.

However, Forest came out fighting in the second period and went 1-0 up when Lucy Butcher put away a cross that came in from the right-hand side.

Forest then went 2-0 up when Lucy Fish slotted home from another cross.

Court kept pushing and eventually got their reward. After a series of short corners they pulled one back but Forest held on for the victory.

Forest’s ladies Thirds also recorded a 1-0 win against Old Southendian.

With Old Loughtonians men’s and ladies Firsts having a weekend off, the men’s Seconds managed a 3-1 victory over Old Georgians Crusaders.

And Crostyx Hockey Club’s ladies Firsts defeated Wapping ladies Seconds 2-0 and the men’s Seconds saw off Old Southendian Seconds 4-3.