Goals galore as football fires up

The focus was firmly on Mayfield Motorworld division one and two football at the weekend, with top team Rangers AFC winning by default.

Rangers were due to host Nelson FC Locomotive in the Nelson division one competition but were informed later in the week that the visiting side could not muster a full team.

There was, however, plenty of action in the local leagues.

In division one, Rangers Development and Central Wolves fought out a 5-5 draw at Athletic Park, Central Buccaneers beat Call Care Hotspurs 5-2 and Bottle-O BV Masters downed Call Care Trojans 1-0 courtesy of a first half goal to Giovanni Visser Ned.

The youthful Development side let a winning advantage slip in the final stages of their clash with last year's Knockout Cup champions.

Development opened the scoring through Spencer Holmes whose bicycle kick was an early contender for goal of the season.

Wolves equalized with a superb strike from Nick Rayner then went ahead through Scott Wilkinson.

Development pressed again and Liam Clamp scored to bring the scores level before Wilkinson notched his second to give Wolves a 3-2 lead at the break.

Development made some changes which had an immediate effect, creating chance after chance before Josh Clamp hammered home a brace, both from outside the box. Nikau Bell finished off another from close range to give Development a deserving 5-3 lead heading into the latter stages, but Wolves never gave up, Wilkinson and Rayner scoring from corners to tie the game.

Josh Clamp was man of the match for Development.

In the third division one encounter, Buccaneers effectively sealed the deal in the first half, leading 5-0 at the break. Tom Morley scored a hat-trick in the first 17 minutes, while Ben Shallcrass and Joel Collingwood added to the total before the break.

Hotspurs came back into the match in the second half, goals to Pablo Dominguez and a classy effort from Santiago Gennusso providing some consolation.

In division two, Call Care Spartans downed Redwood FC 5-2, Central Privateers overcame Rangers Clubs of Marlborough 2-1 and Rangers Masters beat Picton 3-0.

Marlborough Football’s junior, youth and women’s competitions kicked off at the weekend with players relishing the favourable autumn conditions to get their season underway.

PHOTO: Liam Clamp confronts opposing goalkeeper Kent Morgan during Saturday’s Mayfield Motorworld division one clash between Rangers Development and Central Wolves. Photo Peter Jones.