GJ Gardner Homes Wanganui Athletic vs New Plymouth Rangers rivalry nearly turned into amphibious warfare as Athletic lost 3-2 at a sodden Pukekura Park on Sunday.

Coming into the game on the back of two away wins in the Lotto Federation League, Athletic had acquiescenced to Rangers pre-season request to host the match on a Sunday, therefore getting the worst of the weekend weather after Saturday's League games around the catchment were played in mild conditions.

"It was a rubbish day, we were looking forward to playing on a good surface, but the weather and having a game on it