AN underwhelming performance it may have been, but that will mean little to Walden who picked up their first win of the season against Wapping on Saturday.

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They started brightly and went ahead early on through a smart turn and strike from Nia Evans. Rather than press home the advantage Walden were pushed back and started to defend too deep, giving Wapping licence to build attacks around the D. The visitors were rewarded for their persistence with several short corners and then came an equaliser.

Despite playing without some of the fluency of previous weeks, Walden started to create more opportunities through corners and free hits in the final third. With the Wapping keeper tending to log at short corners Walden opted against the straight strike, slipping it left to Deary whose pass was deflected into the corner by Mayle to make it 2–1.

Wyatt then started to make her presence felt in attack, putting pressure on Wapping defenders then running through a myriad of players to win a free hit then another corner. Her strike went narrowly wide but an accurate shot soon after gave Walden a two-goal margin going into half time.

And they extended their lead early in the second period, Mayle again converting from a short corner with a shot from the top of the D.

Seemingly in control, Walden contrived to make the final 20 minutes difficult for themselves. The high tempo took its toll as misplaced passes and some poor decisions on and off the ball crept into their game.

Doust was off her line speedily to make a crucial diving stick save when one on one with a Wapping forward. But the opposition were not deterred and had a shot fly in off the crossbar before pouncing on an error for an easy finish into an unguarded goal.

Walden survived a nervy few minutes but hung on for the win and a valuable three points.

Next up, Walden travel to Upminster on Saturday, 2.30pm start.

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