Strong foot­ball week­end

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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.

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