Rangers continue to ride winning wave

Central Buccaneers’ keeper Patrick Moran punches the ball clear during his side’s match against BV Masters at A and P Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

The Rangers AFC train keeps rolling on.

On Saturday they racked up their eighth game unbeaten in the Nelson division one competition, downing Tahuna 4-2 at A and P Park.

Last time they played Tahuna they came away with a narrow 1-0 victory in Nelson, this time they had more breathing space.

After dominating the early stages Rangers came away with the first goal, through Tana Connor-McClean’s first-time strike from outside the box, his first goal for the team.

Ten minutes later the home side doubled their advantage, Martin Delgado drilling the ball home after an incisive run through the middle.

Somewhat against the run of play, Tahuna reduced the deficit following a defensive error at the back from Rangers but, just before halftime, a Harrison Pine screamer from outside the box restored the two-goal margin.

The home side’s fourth goal came soon after oranges, Carl Connor-McClean catching Tahuna on the break and slotting the ball home.

In the latter stages of the match Rangers introduced some subs and Tahuna lifted their tempo, being rewarded with the game’s final goal when they again caught the home side out at the back.

Player/coach Tore Waechter was satisfied with the victory, but rued the fact his side had been unable to take the plethora of chances that came their way, especially when they were well on top in the first spell.

His side’s player of the day was Pine, while Scott Belsham and Delgado got honourable mentions.

Next week they take on Nelson College, also at home.

The BV Bullets side also returned to Nelson women’s division one action on Saturday, meeting Nelson College for Girls, the same side they hammered 16-0 last weekend in a Knockout Cup clash.

This time the result was closer, although the Blenheim side prevailed comfortably in Nelson, winning 9-2.

The game’s first goal was scored by the home side, lifting their spirits, and it took 20 minutes for Bullets to reply. Their first goal was scored by Lauren Sloan, who was felled in the area and then stepped up to convert the penalty.

Sloan added a second soon after, followed by their third to Lucy Martin, taking BV to a 3-1 halftime advantage.

The second half was more fruitful for the BV side with an early goal to Tiana Williams fired in so hard it flew out the back of the net.

Sloan followed up soon after with a third goal to complete her hat-trick.

The home side added a second goal but it was all BV after that, Williams notching three further goals and Hannah Martin one.

Right winger Freya Thompson created plenty of scoring opportunities and Tessa Hyland led the midfield effort. Bullets’ player of the day was the tenacious Eliza Bickerton.

Round two of the Mayfield Motorworld men’s senior competitions was played on Saturday, with Central Wolves sitting out a bye week with the title already assured.

In the games that were played, BV Cobras scored a comprehensive 4-0 win over Call Care Trojans while Central Buccaneers upset Bottle-O BV Masters 3-1, also at A and P Park.

In division two, Rangers Development beat Trojans Dribbles 3-1 at Athletic Park, taking the honours in this round, while Redwood Masters lost 4-2 to Rangers Clubs of Marlborough.

In division three, Rangers Masters scored a 5-2 win over Central Privateers to take out the second round, while Picton Crow Tavern beat Call Care Spartans 3-1 at Endeavour Park.

Next week the competition moves to Knockout Cup action.

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