Development dish out an emphatic lesson
If Marlborough Development were searching for confidence in Nelson's division one competition, they found it in abundance when they beat Wakefield first XI 10-1 at A&P Park on Saturday.
The skill and speed of Development proved too much for a struggling Wakefield side, the young Blenheim-based team notching up their first win in four weeks.
Development head coach Dave Turner put his side's success down to solid individual performances all around the park.
"Cailin Thompson had a very good game on the right and played a full 90 minutes, Carl Connor-McClean got a good hat-trick. Mike Sutherland got a goal and played very well, he didn't make a mistake at the back," said Turner.
"Lukas Simpson, Jordy Columbus and Cedric Senkel all had great games, so there were some good performances there."
Development dominated the opening passages and had the match won after 45 minutes, taking a 6-0 lead into the break.
Their first goal came after 11 minutes when a clever ball from midfielder Taine Swete found striker Connor-McClean just outside the box. He took one touch before slotting it past the keeper to score his first of a three-goal haul.
Connor-McClean had a hand in the second when his shot from inside the box deflected off both the keeper and goal post, resting in front of an empty goal for Columbus to put home. Swete then put the home side up by three after just 18 minutes when a ball in the box sat up nicely for him to blast past the keeper.
Connor-McClean then sealed a first-half hat-trick by scoring two impressive goals in the 28th and 42nd minutes, before defender Sutherland made it six by tapping home a poorly-defended corner on the far post a minute before the break.
Development came out in the second half with the same attacking mentality, with Swete, Columbus, Thompson and Simpson continuing to cause problems for the Wakefield defence. The visitors let their frustration get the better of them, with Jamie Matthews and Richard Malcolm booked early in the second half.
Development continued to win and control possession, pushing forward to net four second-half goals.Columbus and Swete added to their tallies, while Simpson and Thompson also found the net.
Wakefield had several attacking opportunities with some good saves made by Development keeper Nick Stanton. Logan de Joux recorded a consolation goal for the visitors in the 69th minute, scoring brilliantly from a freekick, five yards outside the box.
The match was marred by an incident involving Wakefield keeper Gary Owens, Thompson and Connor-McClean, with all three players booked. Malcolm also received a second yellow in a separate incident, and was sent from the field in the second half.
Turner expressed satisfaction with Development's performance, believing it set them up nicely.
"We've played with that formation twice now, and it has worked pretty well, so we'll keep that going again. We've got a game coming up against Richmond in two weeks which will be a good test for us."
Development travel to Nelson to take on FC Nelson on Saturday.
Scores: Marlborough Development 10 (Carl Connor-McClean 3, Jordy Columbus 2, Taine Swete 2, Mike Sutherland, Cailin Thompson, Lukas Simpson) Wakefield First XI 1 ( Logan de Joux). Ht 6-0.
Meanwhile, action in the MoreFM Marlborough men's division one kicked off on Saturday, Biddy Kate's Rangers and Central Pirates recording big wins.
Rangers notched up a 5-1 victory over Blenheim Valley Development, while Pirates thrashed Blenheim Valley United 7-1.
Blenheim Valley Cobras also got their division one campaign off to a winning start, defeating Picton United 3-1, while Central outscored Blenheim Valley Masters 5-4.
Points tables and division two results in the Express tomorrow.
The Marlborough Express