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Clubs reaching their lofty goals

Stokes Valley 2
Douglas Villa 10

Tumu Douglas Villa scored their second big win in five days, with a 10-2 demolition of Stokes Valley in a one-sided clash at Delaney Park on Saturday.

Coach Mark Taylor said Villa dominated from start to finish, and there were some excellent team goals. Eight were scored by the front three, with Josh McMenamin bagging four, Tremaine Rimene-Albrett a hat-trick, and one to Simon Mazey, who created havoc on the right side with his pace.

“We were patient when we had the ball. We built up well through midfield and through the three lines and created some good movement up front and some good chances,” Taylor said.

“There were some really good goals from good team play, and that was pleasing. We played really well – the boys were excellent.”

The match was also the first for new signing Alex Cox, the brother of captain Chris and Andrew, and a solid defender with Central and Southern League and National League experience.

His positioning allowed Chris Cox to move further forward, adding more strength to the already solid midfield.

Douglas Villa moved into fourth in Capital Two with the win. They host Miramar Rangers on Saturday.

Greytown 8
Brooklyn Northern United 2

Another game, another goal spree for Greyfriars Motel Greytown striker Josh Stevenson, whose four goals led the charge in an 8-2 win over an underprepared Brooklyn Northern United Reserves at Soldiers Memorial Park on Saturday, reports Ian McDonald

Greytown began the game meaning business as they hammered away at the Brooklyn goal without success. They fell behind to a breakaway goal, but once Gareth Gwyther got the home team scoring underway, it was all one-way traffic, and they took a 5-1 lead into the break. Aside from Stevenson’s four and Gwyther’s opener, Landon Palmer picked up a brace and 16-year-old fullback Liam Andrew scored a wonder goal from 30m out on the angle to nail his first-ever senior goal.

After five games, Greytown lead the division and have scored a remarkable 33 goals, with Stevenson contributing 16. Coach Phil Keinzley is delighted with the way the team has come together as big games against Petone U20s and last year’s Capital Four winners, Wellington United approach in the coming weeks.

Greytown head over the hill on Saturday to face the winless Stop Out Thirds at Hutt Park and will hopefully welcome back defensive stalwart Josh Thompson, who is coming back from a pre-season knee injury.

Western Suburbs 1
Wairarapa United 7

Wairarapa United kicked off their Capital Women’s Division One campaign with a convincing 7-1 away defeat of Western Suburbs.

United controlled the game from the kick-off, going out to a 5-0 halftime lead. The second half was tighter, but they were rarely threatened by the home side.

Coach Radha McGlashan said the win was an awesome way to start the season after their first-round match from the previous weekend had been postponed and with the team struggling for numbers, having only 12 players for Sunday’s game.

“It’s definitely the confidence booster we needed, and I couldn’t ask for a better result,” McGlashan said.

“We’re struggling for numbers at the moment, and we’re just trying to build because we’ve lost quite a few players from last year. We want to be aiming at the top of the table, but it’s really a numbers thing, and if we can get enough girls to play. If I had a squad of 20 every week, we’d be pushing for playing Capital Premier.”

McGlashan said any players wanting to try out for the team can attend training at Chanel College at 6.30 pm Thursdays.

United’s next game is against Lower Hutt City at Hullena Park 12.30 pm Sunday.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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