Swifts score sweet vic­tory in BOP

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts won 3-0 at bot­tom side Tau­ranga City United on Satur­day to move into joint sec­ond on the Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship ta­ble as the 2016 sea­son nears its end.

Mer­cu­rial French­man, Jor­dane Lam­bert, opened the scor­ing early with his 10th goal of the sea­son, be­fore sec­ond half strikes from Chris Walker and Ben Vogt eased the Swifts to their 13th win of the sea­son against a side that will be play­ing Cham­pi­onship foot­ball in 2017.

The match never rose to any great heights. The Swifts were al­ways in con­trol and had their minds on this week­end’s match against neigh­bours rivals Cam- bridge.

The win­ners of this Satur­day’s match will put them­selves in a great po­si­tion to fin­ish as run­ners-up to 2016 ti­tle win­ners, Ngongo­taha.

A young Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Mata­mata Swifts re­serves, re­duced to half a side due to in­jury and un­avail­abil­ity, lost 5-1 at pro­mo­tion chas­ing Taupo in the WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship.

Mata­mata hit the wood­work early be­fore Taupo rat­tled home four first half goals to put the re­sult be­yond doubt. Finn Chal­lis grabbed a goal back for Mata­mata after half­time but Taupo scored again to un­der­line their favouritism to fin­ish in the sec­ond pro­mo­tion spot.

On Sun­day the Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies won their sixth game in a row at Claude­lands Rovers, after a goal­less first half Mata­mata ran out 3-1 vic­tors.

The Swifts Un­der 13s pro­duced an­other strong show­ing, draw­ing 1-1 at home against Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers in a match they were un­lucky not to win.

After go­ing be­hind early An­ton Ganas fired the equaliser home from a free kick then Mata­mata cre­ated sev­eral more ex­cel­lent open­ings to go ahead.

Un­for­tu­nately the ball stayed out but, in a sign of how far the side has pro­gressed this sea­son, a draw against a side that had beaten Mata­mata 6-1 in their first game at this level was a cred­itable re­sult.

Don Smit­stra and Tyler Tap­per dur­ing the Swifts match with Hamil­ton.

Win­ning Hin­uera team from left: Graeme Mor­gan, Paul Casey Jnr, Bev Cor­bett and Paul Casey Snr.

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