Mixed re­sults for Swifts

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts dropped points at home for only the sec­ond time this sea­son, after be­ing held 2-2 by fourth placed Otu­moetai in Satur­day’s lat­est round of the Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship.

The vis­i­tors pre­sented a tough phys­i­cal chal­lenge for the Swifts and started well only to see Mata­mata hit the front in the 6th minute when Chris Walker fired home a Jamie Bax­ter cross.

Otu­moetai snatched a goal back be­fore the break dur­ing a first half of mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for both sides.

The vis­it­ing keeper made three good stops while at the other end Otu­moetai were their own worst en­e­mies with their profli­gacy in front of goal.

Bax­ter put the Swifts back in front on 73 min­utes after some quick think­ing from a free kick, but Mata­mata coughed up a late equaliser when some poor de­ci­sion mak­ing led to an op­por­tu­nity the vis­i­tors glee­fully took.

The Swifts now sit in third, eleven points be­hind league lead­ers, Ngongo­taha.

In Satur­day’s early game, the Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts re­serves gave up two sec­ond half goals to Otu­moetai re­serves to lose 2-0.

The re­serves hit the wood­work twice and missed sev­eral chances dur­ing a match in which the ball wouldn’t hit the back of the net.

The Swifts A team’s late sea­son Away: Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts vs Ngongo­taha, Au­gust 12, 245pm.

form con­tin­ued with a 4-1 win at Melville United. Jamie Cox led the way with a hat trick, while Dan Holmes also scored. This was the team’s third league and cup win on the trot, a run in which they’ve scored thir­teen goals.

It took a while for the A team to get go­ing this sea­son, but they’re on fire now and will head into the fi­nal part of their sea­son with huge con­fi­dence.

On Sun­day Chal­lenge Mata­mata Ladies de­feated Waikato Uni­col 2-1 thanks to goals from An­ne­mieke Ver­straten and Sarah Cop­pard.

The match was level a one apiece at the break but Cop­pard’s sec­ond half strike en­sured three ex­cel­lent points for the team as well as a suc­cess­ful de­fence of the Carter Me­mo­rial Chal­lenge Cup.

The Swifts un­der-13 side com­pleted a league dou­ble over Cam­bridge un­der-13s after a 4-3 vic­tory.

Cooper Welling­ton scored twice for Mata­mata, while Do­minic Hardie and Harry Con­ner also found the back of the net to help the side to an ex­cel­lent win over their lo­cal rivals.

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts striker, Ben Vogt, fires a cross in dur­ing his team’s 2-2 draw with Otu­moetai on Satur­day.

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