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Rangers go clear at top of league

Rangers AFC underlined their Marlborough division one football championship potential with an 11-0 drubbing of Central Wolves at A and P Park on Saturday.

In their defense, Wolves were missing a host of players, but Rangers were clinical after taking some time to assert their supremacy.

Three first half goals to the prolific Adam Rose, one from the penalty spot, saw Rangers lead 3-0 at the halfway mark.

Again, Wolves came out and defended well for 15 minutes but after that the floodgates opened, especially when Wolves were reduced to 10 men after Harrison Boyce was sent after collecting two yellow cards. Rose notched his fourth, Julian Delgado scored a hat-trick, Sam Patterson struck twice, Connor Endersby and Oliver Saunders adding the others as Wolves were repeatedly exposed at the back.

Defender Liam Sluiter was in outstanding form for Rangers, along with Saunders, Endersby, Harry Morel and Patterson.

Ben Blackman, Scott Wilkinson, Nick Allen and stand-in keeper Terry Sloan worked hard for Wolves to try and keep the score down.

Meanwhile, the unbeaten run of the Blenheim Valley Marlborough Boys’ College team was ended emphatically at Athletic Park by a dominant Central Pirates combination.

Pirates came away with a 7-2 victory, after leading 4-1 at the break.

A hat-trick to Andrew McCaa, a brace to Chris Turkington plus goals to Shane Evans and Dave Turner did the business for Pirates who utilized an aggressive formation, using two tall attackers to dominate in the air.

MBC battled all the way although coach Gareth Pugh suggested they were off the pace and beaten in every facet of the game.

Down 2-0 they managed to pull one back through Shinji Mikame, who linked well with Phurim Paensuwan.  Mikame added a second goal in the final 45, dribbling from half way beating two players and finishing precisely in the bottom corner. Ben Ivory-McCullum and Jacob Babb had stoic performances.

The day’s third match, at A and P Park, saw BV Masters pip BV Cobras 1-0.

Division one standings: Rangers AFC 12, BV MBC 9, BV Masters 6*, Central Wolves 4*, Central Pirates 3*, BV Cobras 1, Rangers COM 0*. * Team has had a bye.

In division two action,  Call Care Trojans beat Picton Crow Tavern Masters 5-1, Redwood Masters downed Rangers Masters 3-1 and Novus Picton overcame Central Buccaneers 7-1.

Division two standings: Redwood Masters 12, Novus Picton 9*, Trojans 9, Picton Crow Tavern Masters 3*, Rangers Masters 1*, Central Buccaneers 1, Spartans 0*. * Team has had a bye.

Bullets on target

Blenheim Valley Bullets won their first match in the Nelson women’s first division competition on Saturday, beating Nelson Suburbs 1-0 at A and P Park.

The BV Bullets came out firing for their second game of the season, against a well-drilled Nelson Suburbs team. Both keepers had plenty of work to do in a fast-paced, even encounter, decided by a second half goal to Lucy Martin.

The work rate from both teams was impressive, with Jannika Roubos a particular stand-out as Bullets peppered the Suburbs goal, sustaining pressure until the final whistle.

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