Developing along the right lines

SAM PATCHETT
Last updated 10:31 06/06/2014
Steve Uren
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YOUNG GUNS: Bjorn Waechter, on the ball, and Cailin Thompson, centre, add speed and youthful enthusiasm to Marlborough Developmentā€™s attack.

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A team "honesty session" has seen the Marlborough Development football side reassess their season's goals, before taking on Richmond FC in the Nelson division one competition at A&P Park, Blenheim tomorrow.

The season is eight rounds old, with the round-robin period lasting 20 weeks. Development sit fourth on the table with three wins and five losses and head coach Dave Turner said his team had been reflecting on its thoughts and aspirations for the remainder of their campaign.

"We had a bit of an honesty session on how the season's going so far, and what the expectations for both the young ones and the older ones are. So that was good, we got a lot out of it. We're a lot tighter for it," Turner explained.

The Marlborough side will certainly have to turn out an honest performance if they are to overcome tomorrow's opponents, with Richmond a genuine title contender this year. Sitting in second place on the competition table, they are coming off a 2-1 victory over Nelson College, have won five of their last six fixtures, and registered a 3-0 home win over Development in April.

Development, on the other hand, have had a rollercoaster ride in recent weeks. Their last result was a 5-2 defeat at the hands of FC Nelson on May 24, just one week after they thrashed Wakefield first XI 10-1.

Turner said his side had been busy developing its tactical approach in recent weeks, and believed the matchup against Richmond would provide a true gauge of Development's progress this season.

While defence has been the focus of training this week, the speedy Cailin Thompson and Bjorn Waechter will continue to be central to Development's attack against a physical Richmond side.

An unchanged Development side will take the field for tomorrow's match, which kicks off at A&P Park at 3pm.

Meanwhile, in Marlborough's senior division one competition, the two Central sides come together at 3pm at Athletic Park tomorrow. Pirates have scored 16 goals in their opening three wins, while Central's record sits at a win, a loss and a draw, so they will have to lift if they are to overcome their club counterparts.

Top-of-the-table Biddy Kate's Rangers go in as favourites against Blenheim Valley Masters, who have only notched up one victory in this year's campaign.

Their match kicks off at Athletic Park at 3pm.

In other matches, the winless Blenheim Valley United face a tough assignment against Blenheim Valley Cobras at 3pm at A&P Park, while Picton United face Blenheim Valley Development at 1pm at A&P Park.

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- The Marlborough Express

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