FOOTBALL: The race for second place in the women's Federation League is hotting up, while Marist's W-League campaign is back on track after a solid win against the reigning champions.
As Hokowhitu Football Club continue to run away in the league, with 19 points on the table, there are just two points between second-placed Whanganui and Massey University, who are second to last on the table on 8 points.
After beating Feilding United 5-1, Whanganui moved into second place, with 10 points, jumping ahead of Taradale Football Club, who were beaten 4-2 by Hokowhitu.
Feilding scored the first goal and Whanganui equalised before halftime. In the second half, Whanganui scored four successive goals to kill off the game.
Whanganui coach Matt Calvert said his team managed to dominate the second half after a shaky start. He was proud of his team's efforts this season, considering their poor league results over the past two years.
"If you stick together during bad times, good times will come."
Massey University and Palmerston North Marist's reserves repeated their scoreline earlier in the season, with a 3-3 draw. Massey scored two early goals, but Marist managed to claw their way back into the game by scoring three.
Much like their first encounter, Massey equalised in the dying minutes of the game and the points were shared.
In the W-League, Marist pulled off a spectacular 3-1 win against last year's champions, Wellington United. The result has propelled them back into second place, ahead of Wellington United on goal difference.
Marist coach Barry Scullion was pleased his team bounced back after losing to Western Suburbs in the Kate Sheppard Cup.
"Not many teams can go to Wellington United and get a win."
He thought Marist did well to limit Wellington United's chances and create plenty of their own, which he said was a testament to the players' hard work.
Marist are now only three points behind league leaders Wairarapa United.