Old foes steal the show

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Wakefield were handed a football lesson by former division two rivals Nelson Suburbs Seals in the second round of the Tasman Trophy, going down 4-0 at a blustery Saxton Oval.

Having missed out on a spot in the Top of the South competition – which pits Nelson’s top division one sides against Blenheim’s division one sides – Wakefield was targeting the Tasman Trophy as a realistic chance of winning some silverware.

But the Seals, who qualified through to the Tasman Trophy as one of four division two teams, had other ideas, scoring two goals in each half to seal the 4-0 win.

Wakefield player-manager Richard Malcolm knew his side was coming up against a tough team, having played the Seals regularly over the years back in division two, but he admits they were simply played off the park on Saturday.

“We knew we were going to have to match them physically but we just didn’t. All-in-all it was a pretty disappointing day really,” says Richard. “We knew we were facing a team that’d be physical but it wasn’t just that; they completely outplayed us, they passed the ball well, they had more energy, more unity and we just weren’t up for it.”

The Tasman Trophy is a straight six team round robin with no playoffs.

The win means the Seals are the only team to have maximum points after two rounds so far while Wakefield sit in third place on three points, one behind Motueka.

Wakefield face Motueka at home this Saturday. Kick off is at 3pm.