Mother Nature's wintry worst made life challenging in the Capital Football W-League this week, forcing the transfer of one match and doubtless contributing to the title contenders producing sub-par performances in twelfth round action.
Upper Hutt City maintained their four point advantage by downing Stop Out 6-0 at Maidstone Park, where all the goals came in the second half. Kennedy Bryant bagged four of them, while Sydney Williams struck twice for the title favourites.
Marist Palmerston North remained line astern, but were also on level terms at half-time in their clash with bottom-placed Wairarapa United at Masterton Memorial Park, thanks to Stephanie Andrews-Paul's equaliser.
Leah Gallie opened the scoring for the visitors, and also netted in the second half, as did Mikaela Boxall and Lydia Bamford, whose first goal of the season contributed to Marist's 4-1 win.
Reigning champions Wellington United also won on the road, with their cross-town trip to Seatoun transferred to Wakefield Park. Goals in each half from Marije Van Dam and Jemma Robertson clinched a 2-0 win for United.
Upper Hutt entertain Seatoun in the game of the round next Saturday at Maidstone Park, while Wellington welcome Wairarapa to Newtown Park on a day Marist make their latest journey to the capital, with Stop Out's Hutt Park home their destination this time round.
Seatoun 0, Wellington United 2 (M. Van Dam, J. Robertson) HT 0-1
Upper Hutt City 6 (K. Bryant (4), S. Williams (2)), Stop Out 0 HT 0-0
Wairarapa United 1 (S. Andrews-Paul), Marist Palmerston North 4 (L. Gallie (11, 85), L. Bamford (73), M. Boxall (81)) HT 1-1
Mother Nature dealt a cruel hand to the country this week, with the South Island in particular being hard hit by her wintry worst. It meant an early cancellation of thirteenth round action in the Mainland Premier Women's League.
A week ago, Tasman United notched the biggest win of the season when scoring a club record 9-0 win over Canterbury Universities at Saxton Fields, a win which left the victors poised to clinch a second successive third-placed finish.
Briar Luff and Kaisa Tsuruta both scored hat-tricks in the rout, the latter in her final appearance prior to returning to the USA to resume her scholarship. Kelsey Barrett, Tiana Williams and Morgan Moore also found the net for the rampant Nelsonians.
Next Saturday, what will almost certainly be the title decider is set to take place, with leaders Coastal Spirit hosting title-holders Cashmere at Cuthberts Green. Elsewhere, Tasman travel to Kendall Park to take on Waimakariri, while FC welcome the students to Avonhead Park.
Tasman United 9 (B. Luff (3), K. Tsuruta (3), K. Barrett, M. Moore, T. Williams), Canterbury Universities 0 HT 5-0