Coach's halftime blast stirs City

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 20/08/2012
Feilding Football
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AIRBORNE: Feilding's Lewis Cole was the secon goal scorer; he is pictured here in flight.

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Feilding gave Wanganui City and their Western Premiership title hopes a scare at Timona Park on Saturday.

City won 3-2, but not before Feilding led 1-0 at the break. Wanganui upped their game and Feilding were "pipped at the post", according to coach Jeff Gleave.

"Everything went to plan in the first half," he said. "They got a right bollocking at halftime - we could hear the ranting and raving from our huddle."

City responded by scoring three goals to keep their title hopes intact.

They have to win against Red Sox-Manawatu on Saturday to take the title, as they trail Palmerston North Marist by two points on the table.

If Red Sox win, or even if they draw, the title will go to Marist.

Against Feilding, Wanganui scored three second-half goals, including one dubious offside goal, and Feilding managed only one.

Feilding camped in City's half trying to find the equaliser late in the game but Wanganui held them out and kept the ball well with their passing.

Gleave felt they deserved a point from the game but they will now be focusing on their Federation Cup semifinal against Napier City in Napier on Saturday.

"Stoked with the way we played.

"If we play like that next week, we should win."

Feilding's goal-scorers were Michael Whitmore and Lewis Cole, who broke a six-year goal-scoring drought to find the back of the net, tapping in a corner.

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- Manawatu Standard

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