A second half hat-trick from Bertie Fish helped Richmond ease past a spirited Wakefield 5-1 in their Chatham Cup football match at Wakefield Domain today.
Logan de Joux also bagged a double as the visitors scored four unanswered second half goals to wear down a plucky Wakefield team that was roared on by a supportive home crowd.
The Nelson Bays division one competition leaders had the better of most of the game, created ample chances but were kept honest by a spirited home team which made the most of their opportunities in the first half and scrambled well on defence.
Richmond had four good chances inside the opening 20 minutes and they converted one from a corner thanks to the head of Logan De Joux.
Wakefield’s reply was swift through the head of John Kawada just two minutes later.
The hosts were roared on by a vocal group of home supporters from the pavilion.
The visitors had more of the chances but Walefield also skimmed the crossbar late in the first half.
Wakefield goal keeper Hayden Ingham was vocal all game but also produced a number of one-on-one saves to keep his team in the contest.
It wasn’t until 15 minutes into the second half the deadlock was broken and with it so was the host’s resolve.
Wakefield was physical in the midfield and Kawada was lucky to avoid a second yellow card during a tumbling challenge that certainly would have earned him a caution.
The game began to open up which suited the visitors and it allowed Fish to be the main benefactor.
Richmond will play FC Nelson over Queen’s Birthday Weekend in the next round after FC Nelson had a bye.
In Nelson Bays Division One football; Nelson College First XI beat 10 man Tahuna 4-2 and Suburbs Seals beat the Marlborough Mariners 3-1.