United Mata­mata Sports (Reid and Har­ri­son/ Waikato Stud) Se­nior A 30 Te Awa­mutu Sports 25

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Those not present at Te Awa­mutu’s Al­bert Park over the week­end as Te Awa­mutu Sports hosted UMS in the first round of the pro­mo­tion rel­e­ga­tion, cer­tainly missed out on a spe­cial mo­ment for the UMS club.

With­out a win in the reg­u­lar sea­son but sev­eral close chances UMS knew they needed to look for a win in an ef­fort to keep their place in the premier di­vi­sion.

Te Awa­mutu Sports, who were clearly above UMS in the ta­ble and were in a fight through the later part of the reg­u­lar sea­son to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, were ex­pected to start as favourites.

With the fix­ture changed to an early time slot it ap­peared Te Awa­mutu sup­port­ers were not ad­vised, as UMS sup­port­ers out­num­bered their sup­port­ers three to one.

Through­out the week cap­tain Alex Bradley and coaches Simp­kin and Hughes had a calm­ing in­flu­ence over the squad and with great num­bers there were sev­eral play­ers un­lucky not to make the fi­nal squad.

This showed what it means to UMS to keep their sta­tus and that clearly showed in the re­sult.

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