Blenheim Valley Marlborough Boys’ College grabbed a share of top spot on the Marlborough division one football table with an encouraging win over Central Wolves on Saturday.
The students bounced back from a heavy defeat last week to score three second half goals at A and P Park, all to their exciting forward Shinji Mikame.
After an even first half, with both sides having several opportunities to open the scoring, but being thwarted by fine goalkeeping, MBC’s midfield and defence began to gel, linking well with the forward line and creating numerous chances.
Mikame showed his nose for goal, scoring twice before Wolves pulled one back through Scott Wilkinson, however Mikame’s hat-trick goal with 10 minutes to go settled the students’ nerves and they held on comfortably.
MBC coach Gareth Pugh labelled it a “very pleasing all round performance, with more conviction and organization than last week”.
Wolves’ captain Steve McCaa lamented his side’s ability to get everyone on deck, but said Wilkinson and Paddy Stephens were their best in a disappointing performance overall.
With the unbeaten Rangers AFC side having a bye this weekend, MBC join them on top of the standings.
Meanwhile, Central Pirates took on a committed Blenheim Valley Masters combination at A and P Park and came away with a 1-0 win, thanks to a 15th minute penalty converted by Chris Turkington.
Pirates did most of the attacking in this one but were constantly repelled by a resolute Masters defence, leaving the result up in the air until the final whistle.
The third division one clash involved BV Cobras and Rangers Clubs of Marlborough and was also played at A and P Park.
The final outcome was a 5-1 win to Cobras whose speed on attack created plenty of scoring chances, despite a strong defensive output from their rivals.
Cobras got top performances from Jack Procter, who scored twice and set up a goal for Ben Proffit. Jack Newell converted a penalty and Jackson Simmons buried a loose ball after a goal mouth scramble to complete the scoring.
Liam Sluiter showed his class to notch a late consolation goal for Rangers, who had trailed 3-0 at halftime. Ben Burridge was their man of the match.
Scores from Saturday
Mayfield Motorworld division one: BV MBC 3 Central Wolves 1; Central Pirates 1 BV Masters 0; BV Cobras 5 Rangers Clubs of Marlborough 1.
Rangers AFC 12*, BV MBC 12, BV Masters 6*, Central Pirates 6*, Central Wolves 4*, BV Cobras, Rangers CoM*. * Team has had a bye.
Women’s side beaten
Meanwhile the Blenheim Valley Bullets were beaten 2-1 by Nelson FC in their Tasman women’s clash at Neale Park, Nelson on Saturday.
The home side dominated from the outset and were ultimately rewarded with the first goal of the game.
However the visitors fought back in the second quarter, being rewarded with a goal to Ruby Wybourne, taking advantage of a well-placed cross from Freya Thompson, to equalise just before half time.
The decisive strike came from a well-executed corner and, although the Bullets battled hard and created chances they were unabale to find an equalizer.
Best on show for the visitors were the hard-working trio of Hannah Martin, Erin Mustey, and Abby Owen, while Ruby Smith made a notable contribution all over the pitch.