Tue, Aug 2, 2022 4:11 PM

Rangers AFC women notch wet weather win


Peter Jones

Heavy rain and sodden fields played havoc with the footballing schedule on Saturday, Marlborough senior games being played earlier to avoid the worst of the downpour, while one Nelson division one match over the hill was played, the other postponed.

The game put on hold was between Rangers AFC men and FC Nelson, meaning the Blenheim side must wait until at least next weekend to confirm their grip on the league title.

The team were in Havelock, heading for their match at Nelson’s Guppy Park, when they were told it had been called off.

However, the Rangers AFC women did get on the field, meeting Golden Bay Shield Maidens at Ngawhatu.

Despite playing in torrential rain, Rangers produced some slick football, beating their rivals 4-0.

The match was in the balance at halftime, Rangers missing a penalty before Lauren Sloan bagged their first after 35 minutes.

Rangers continued to dominate in the second spell, Kirsten Maas curving a shot past the keeper to double their advantage.

Further goals to Sloan and Jaimie Elrick ensured Rangers would travel home with a win under their belts although their rivals battled to the end and missed a late chance to get on the board with a penalty.

Captain Taz Gilbert was happy with her side’s efforts, especially given the cold, wet conditions.

“The defence worked really well together and helped create the opportunities for the team. It was a huge game from everyone really. I especially want to note the contribution from the back line. Jaimie Elrick had a standout game too, and ‘Player of the Day’ was Kirsten Maas for a tireless 90 minutes …”.

In Marlborough men’s division one action, wins were registered by Central Wolves, who downed BV Masters 8-3, Central Buccaneers, who beat Rangers Clubs of Marlborough 7-2 and Rangers Development who accounted for Call Care Hotspurs 4-0.

In division two, Picton sides Young Guns and Crow Tavern drew 2-2 while Call Care Red beat club mates Call Care Youth 4-3.

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