Wanderers win with five second-half goals

Building the attack. . . Gore Wanderers defensive midfielder Morgan Greene dribbles the ball up the field looking for passing options during a Southland Football division one game against Winton on Saturday in Gore. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Gore Wanderers players’second-half change of tactics turned the game in their favour against Winton on Saturday.

The team was down 2-0 at halftime in miserable weather conditions in the Southland Football division one game.

Five goals in the second half won the game for the Wanderers 5-2.

The team is coached by Angus Carse and managed by Mickey Hall.

In the first half players were kicking the ball long in the hope of finding a team-mate, Hall said.

“[The passes] were just getting picked off or cut out by Winton.”

However, in the second half the team played a much more patient game and shortened the passes between players.

“They rejigged the plan and were smarter about how they were going to get to the end result.

“The decision-making in the second half was a lot better.

“It was a credit to them they turned it around, especially to put five goals on a team after being two-nil down. That’s nothing to be sneezed at.”

Conditions were greasy and slippery under foot.

Right wingback Jamie Milne, who had been out with an ankle injury, came on in the second half and scored four goals.

Striker Oliver Patrick scored the other.

The team comprised players who played in last year’s Donald Gray premier league and the division one team.

An exodus of young players to university this year meant the club could form only one top side and it was decided to enter it in division one.

“Essentially we lost a whole team,” Hall said

However, the team would return to the Donald Gray competition for the second half of the season.

“We’ll be tested going forward.”