Swifts play for sec­ond place

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

Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts can still fin­ish sec­ond in the Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship af­ter neigh­bours, Cam­bridge, were held to a goal­less draw on Satur­day.

That re­sult moved Cam­bridge a point ahead of Mata­mata in the stand­ings, but they’ve com­pleted their sched­ule, while the Swifts, who haven’t had a game for two weeks, have one fi­nal match to play this Satur­day.

But it won’t be an easy task though.

Mata­mata wel­comes Pre­mier­ship Cham­pi­ons Ngongo­taha to the Do­main this Satur­day.

The visi­tors, who scored their 100th league goal in their last match, will be keen to main­tain their un­beaten record and fin­ish their league cam­paign in style.

The Swifts are al­ready guar­an­teed a top three fin­ish – their best ef­fort since win­ning the Pre­mier­ship in 2009 – so re­ally have noth­ing to lose, which means this could be an open, en­ter­tain­ing en­counter be­tween two of the league’s freest scor­ing sides.

The match kicks off at 2.45pm at the Do­main on Satur­day. It will be pre­ceded by a game be­tween the re­serve sides from both clubs.

Mean­while, the Swifts A side was the only Mata­mata team to take the field over the week­end just gone. didn’t go ahead at Hamil­to­ni­ans chose de­fault.

In the only other Pre­mier­ship match played, Old Blues beat Melville United 3-0 thanks to a Franz Marko dou­ble and a goal from Mar­cus Bathan. The win moved Old Blues ahead of SGS Pa­pamoa into sev­enth, while Melville fin­ished the sea­son in fifth. the to


Swifts’ Jamie Cox, against Melville United ear­lier this year. He scored against Cam­bridge at the week­end.

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