The form guide was pretty accurate in the Charity Cup and plate fixtures on Saturday.

The three Wanganui league sides - Cosmos, Celtic and Braves - look set to battle out what should be a tight race for the last spot in next month's semifinals.

Strong Electrical Wanganui Athletic took a little time to get going but were comfortable 5-0 winners over the City Braves.

A week on the sidelines wouldn't have helped the Athletic cause in terms of continuity but they were rarely troubled and were able to see off their opponents with relative ease.


HRT Builders Wanganui City also had last Saturday off, but with Marist Celtic still perhaps caught up in the euphoria of the Wanganui championship success, City took no mercy, coming away with a resounding 9-0 win.

In the remaining cup fixture, Athletic Cosmos were up against the odds from the kick off as they could field only nine players against Wanganui City's development side.

The City team ran out 9-2 winners as they looked to make sure that the two Western Premiership sides didn't get away in the points early on.

The plate competition offered up plenty of goals as well and the City Hammers would have been happy with the clean sheet in their 6-0 win over Castlecliff United, who showed that they are also in the development stage by fielding three or four promising players from their youth league.

Athletic Weekenders and City Rockets were never that far away from each other in the league standings this season and they battled out the tightest game of the weekend, the young Rockets prevailing 3-1 in a game that could have gone either way until the later stages.

For entertainment, the game of the round had to be the 5-5 thriller between City Thirstys and Marist Casuals. Ten goals would have been hair-raising for the coaching staff but value for those on the sidelines.

A few tasty match-ups in week two will be Celtic taking on Braves and City's first team facing their development team.