Tasman United’s recent resurgence continued in emphatic fashion in Blenheim on Saturday afternoon when they dismantled Southern United 5-0.
There were goals galore at Lansdowne Park as the hosts gave the Marlborough fans plenty to shout about in its first and only appearance over the Whangamoas this season.
Tasman opened the scoring in blistering style as Jean Phillipe Saiko’s superb individual effort put his side ahead after only six minutes.
The New Caledonian striker looked in ominous form and Tasman soon went 2-0 up as skipper Fox Slotemaker found the back of the net.
Things slowed at the back end of the first half but Tasman remained in control as the sides went to the sheds.
New signing Ben Watson ensured the momentum remained with Tasman after the break with a thunderous strike in the 55th minute to effectively put the game to bed.
Jesse Randall piled on the misery for the visitors with a far post finish 10 minutes later, then Corey Vickers put the exclamation mark on a resounding performance to seal the 5-0 victory.
Both Marlborough players on Tasman’s roster got game time, Nick Stanton playing the whole game in goal and youngster Jonty Roubos spending time on the pitch.
Tasman United jumps to fourth on the premiership table with its fourth win of the season and next week will travel to Auckland to take on the ninth-placed Waitakere United.
It was estimate that around 600 spectators attended the match, which had a delayed kick-off after the Southern side were late in arriving at the ground due to travel hold-ups.
Marlborough Football general manager Andrea Smith-Scott, said the crowd was up on the number who turned out for Tasman’s fixture at Lansdowne last year, a good result given the Picton Maritime Festival was also on Saturday.
“We were pleased with the crowd numbers,” said Smith-Scott. “It was up on last year which will hopefully keep it as a regular event on the calendar.”
Scores: Tasman United 5 (Saiko, Randall, Slotemaker, Watson) Southern United 0. HT: 2-0