Be Forward Wanderers moved to the top of the summit in the Super League following a 2-nil victory over struggling Blantyre United at MDC Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The hosts were coming from a disappointing goalless draw to Azam Tigers last week while the visitors were coming from a 2-1 defeat suffered in the hands of Dwangwa United.
The Nomads started off brightly and almost took the lead in the fifth minute when Blantyre United gave away possession cheaply at the back, but they were saved by their goalkeeper who produced a stunning save for a corner.
The home side dictated the tempo of the tie, with Alfred Manyozo Jnr, Felix Zulu, Yamikani Chester and Rafick Namwera all playing brilliant football in the middle of the park.
However, Wanderers struggled to unlock the rookies’ defence as they kept on clearing every chance away to frustrate the blue and orange side.
Despite Blantyre United’s resilient, the deadlock was finally broken through Precious Msosa who made no mistake to slot past the visitors’ shot-stopper from a set piece which was played at the far right, 1-0.
The rookies created their first clear-cut opportunity of the tie towards the end of the half through Frackson Chisi but the right wingers’ low attempted cross was cut out by Harry Nyirenda at the back for the Nomads.
Come second half, Wanderers began with much more of an attacking intent, but almost gave away their lead when the visitors broke on the counter-attack only for Sparrow Msowoya to miss an open net from close range.
The miss would prove costly as Zulu pushed the ball into the path of Chester, who slotted home in the 67th minute to hand his side a very massive advantage, 2-0.
The Nomads were rampant as they pushed for more goals but they were not clinical enough to utilize all the clear cut chances in the remaining minutes and after 90 minutes of play, 2-0 it ended.
The result sees Wanderers climbing to the top summit with 16 points from 6 games while the rookies are still stuck in the bottom three with 4 points from 9 games played so far.
On Wednesday, Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles played to 1-all draw at Civo Stadium.
Green Harawa had given the Central Bankers a first half lead but Vitumbiko Kumwenda levelled the scoreline in the second half to take his team to 5th position 13 points.