Abuse, sendoffs mar game
The Nelson Pine Industries table is condensed after an odd weekend of action, delivered some unexpected results.
Nelson Suburbs lost to Marlborough Development in Blenheim, but it is unclear if the 3-2 result will stand. A decision is likely to be made later this week after deliberation by Nelson Bays Football.
The match was called off in the 70th minute by Marlborough referee Dave Baker. After a second Suburbs player was sent from the field, Baker was allegedly subject to audible abuse from the visiting management and decided to end the match 20 minutes early.
Nelson College closed to within a point of Suburbs at the top of the table with a 7-1 trouncing of Wakefield. College continued their momentum, backing up a 2-0 secondary schools midweek win over Nayland College. The college side led 4-0 at the break and continued their goal in the second half.
Richmond and FC Nelson played out a four-goal draw in a tight tussle that could have gone either way at Jubilee Park.
Richmond's Nat Payn scored the first with a curling right-foot strike from the left side of the box. Minutes later FC Nelson were on level terms again equalising through Carl Newby in the 35th minute.
In the second half and Richmond went ahead again after Keegan Hollis was brought down in the box. Payn stepped up to convert the penalty attempt and Richmond had a lead. But it was shortlived when, in the 75th minute Karol Kakate earned a point for FC Nelson by exploiting a defensive error.
Suburbs now have only a one-point lead, sitting on 25 points at the top of the table. Nelson College has 24 in second while Richmond are hanging on to third on 17 points.
Marlborough Development jumped into fourth on 15 points while FC Nelson has 13. Wakefield are still to pick up a point.
The Nelson Mail