Rangers AFC carried on their merry way on Saturday, racking up their fourth consecutive win in the Nelson division one football league.
They downed Nelson College 4-0 on a sloping pitch at Ngawhatu, turning in another comprehensive display of both attack and well-organised defence.
Rangers led 2-0 at halftime through goals to Pablo Dominguez and Jono Masters. Dominguez, an Argentinian, was the beneficiary in a goal mouth scramble to bag their first after eight minutes while Masters doubled their lead after 25 minutes with a nice strike from 15 metres.
Skipper Tore Waechter slammed the ball into the bottom corner for Rangers’ third, then Julian Delgado iced the cake with an easy finish after a Masters’ shot was saved.
Manager Wolfie Waechter said Rangers were in control for much of the match but was impressed with the College crew, especially their keeper who saved at least three clear goals.
He said Delgado and Sam Pearson turned in good stints while Harrison Pine at left back and centre mid was their player of the day for his vision and distribution skills.
Next week Rangers play the final match of the round, against a handy Richmond outfit in Blenheim.
The Liquid Action BV Bullets again underlined their firepower with a 4-1 win over FC Nelson in their Nelson women’s first division league clash at A and P Park.
The early stages of the match saw play ebb and flow both ways, early shots on goal by BV’s Destiny Aires and Lauren Sloan just wide of the mark.
Despite enjoying a lion’s share of possession, the home side continued to be denied until a superb pass from Tiana Williams helped Riley Preece knock in the first goal of the game, allowing BV to take a 1-0 lead into halftime.
FC Nelson came out firing in the second spell, a counterattack setting up an equalising strike by Chloe Hamilton after five minutes.
However, before long BV were back in front, a rocket shot from Williams finding the net.
That effort was followed by two further goals in quick succession to Lauren Sloan, ensuring the match was going to end with the home side pocketing three points.
The Bullets, who named Sloan as player of the day, have the added distinction of being the first team to score against FC this season.
On the local scene, two Central sides met in a top-of-the-table Mayfield Motorworld division one clash.
Wolves played Buccaneers at Athletic Park, the former coming away with a 2-0 victory Wolves scored a goal in each half, the first to Scott Wilkinson who produced a neat finish to good build-up play after 17 minutes.
Shane Evans scored their second, directly from a corner in the 83rd minute.
After a slow start Buccaneers got back into the game and it was a close contest at half time. However, an injury to influential captain Scott Hannan early in the second half dented Buccaneers chances. For Buccaneers brave goalie Patrick Moran and defender Axel Denis-Rambaud played well. For Wolves Sam Boyce and Evans has good games.
Another close encounter ensued between BV Masters and Trojans, at A and P Park. Masters eventually came out on top 2-1, after leading 1-0 at halftime through a Danny Campbell goal. Tomas Lupani equalised on the hour mark before James Crockett popped up with the winner five minutes later.
The third clash, at Athletic Park, was a high-scoring encounter between BV Cobras and Rangers Clubs of Marlborough. Cobras led 5-0 at halftime, a first half hat-trick by Mark Jackson, plus a brace to Richard Taylor showing the way. After the break Lincoln Ellsworth made it 6-0 before Glenn Kirby pulled one back for Clubs. Hamish Westwater made it 7-1 but Clubs notched the next three, though a double to Andrew Wheeler and one goal to Billy Welburn to close the gap to 7-4. Fittingly Cobras had the final say, though the industrious James Mailaman.
Mayfield Motorworld division two: Call Care Spartans 0 Rangers Development 8; Trojans Dribbles 2 Rangers Masters 2; Redwood Masters 2 Picton Crow Tavern 1.