Strong football weekend
Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts won 2-0 at Hamilton’s Waikato Unicol on Saturday to move into second spot on the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership table.
Two first half goals, to Brad West and Andrew Clothier, ensured the Swifts would return from a ground they usually struggle at with maximum points on a weekend when all the teams around them on the table also picked up points.
Matamata was, for the most part, in control of this match.
West’s goal in the tenth minute, his fifth of the season, settled any nerves, and when Clothier curled the ball in from outside the box 25 minutes later Matamata looked odds on for their eighth win in eleven games.
Unicol had their moments, but the Swifts back four was strong when needed, while the attacking players created enough to deserve at least another goal.
With Melville being held to a draw at home the Swifts now have sole possession of second and sit three points off top spot.
In the early game at the University, Richardson Racing Stables Swifts reserves beat Unicol reserves 2-1 thanks to a first half double from new signing, Ben Vogt.
There have been times this season when the reserves have played without luck, but Saturday’s win was well deserved.
The performance was good and the chances were taken at just the right time.
The Swifts A team picked up their second point of the season after a 2-2 draw at Claudelands Rovers, Waikato Division A’s second placed side.
Goals to Jason Lawrence and Hayri Cihan were excellent reward for a team that has battled and, at times, struggled all season.
They’ll now look to finish the season strongly.
On Sunday the Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies lost 4-0 at home to Melville United, while the Matamata Swifts Under-13s defeated Otumoetai by the same score.
Braedyn Henderson, Jayden Baker, Cooper Wellington and Ryan D’Abo scored the goals that gave the U-13’s their second win of the season.
Completing an excellent weekend for the club, six of the Swifts’ seven junior teams picked up victories while the seventh played out a draw. Please assemble at the end of Field 3 at 9:45am Ripper (all at Bedford Park – Matamata) UMS Turbos vs HRC Sharks @ 9:45am UMS Mooloos vs HRC Mavericks @ 9:45am HRC Avengers vs UMS Steamers @ 10:20am HRC Falcons vs HRC Horrors @ 10:20am 8th Grade UMS Mako vs Tokoroa 1 Tokoroa @ 10am HRC Cowboys vs Putaruru Hinuera @ 9:45am UMS Lions vs Tokoroa 2 Tokoroa @ 10am HRC Mooloos vs Putaruru Hinuera @ 10:20am 9th Grade HRC Gadgets vs HRC Storm Hinuera @ 10am HRC Hawkes vs Putaruru Putaruru @ 10am UMS Chiefs vs Tokoroa 1 Tokoroa @ 10am UMS Hurricanes vs Tokoroa 2 Tokoroa @ 10am 10th Grade HRC Hillbillies vs UMS Highlanders Matamata @ 10am HRC Heat vs MS Rams Hinuera @ 10am UMS Crusaders vs MS Bulls Matamata @ 10am 11th Grade Hinuera (BYE) Matamata vs SURF Raptors Tokoroa @ 11am 12th Grade Hinuera vs Morrinsville Sports Hinuera @ 11am Matamata vs Cambridge Cooney Cambridge @ 11am
Zoe Reichardt slides in as goalie, Heather Ward, prepares to deal with a Melville shot during Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies’ 4-0 defeat by Melville United.
Sam Hills rides a challenge during Matamata Swifts Under-13’s 4-0 victory over Otumoetai. Anton Ganas looks on.