Swifts’ wretched run con­tin­ues

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BARLOW

An at-times list­less per­for­mance from Co­mag Mata­mata Swifts has seen them slump to a 4-3 de­feat at Tau­ranga Boys’ for their third Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship loss in a row.

The fans who had trav­elled could be for­given for won­der­ing what was go­ing on as Mata­mata gave up three poor goals in­side 15 min­utes.

De­spite be­ing well be­low par for the re­main­der of the half, Mata­mata fash­ioned a num­ber of openings and had their aim been true should have been at least level at the break.

It didn’t take long af­ter the restart, how­ever, for the Swifts to grab three goals back.

Jamie Bax­ter, from the spot, Glen Carmichael and top scorer Chris Walker had Mata­mata on level terms in next to no time.

The Swifts con­tin­ued to press but couldn’t find the goal that would have bro­ken their hosts, with the Tau­ranga keeper pulling off sev­eral fine saves.

With the game in the bal­ance out­side in­flu­ences started to take hold and it was the hosts, who had looked threat­en­ing on the counter all af­ter­noon, who notched the win­ner.

Mata­mata had the ball in the net al­most im­me­di­ately but the goal was in­ex­pli­ca­bly ruled out.

Richardson Rac­ing Sta­bles Mata­mata Re­serves also headed over the Kaimais to play Tau­ranga City United.

Lo­gan Raynel put the young re­serves ahead early, be­fore Tau­ranga equalised al­most im­me­di­ately. In the sec­ond half the ex­pe­ri­ence of Tau­ranga shone through as they scored twice more to win 3-1.

The Swifts A team com­pleted a hat trick of dis­ap­point­ing away re­sults for the men’s teams with a 2-1 de­feat at Te Awa­mutu.

Hayri Ci­han’s goal was the sole re­ward for a per­for­mance that should have seen them re­turn home with more.

On Sun­day, the Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies com­pleted the ini­tial part of their sea­son on a bright note, hold­ing Toko­roa to a 0-0 draw in a back and forth game at the Mata­mata Do­main.

Toko­roa was among the league favourites pre-sea­son, while Mata­mata was pushed into Waikato A less than a week be­fore the start of the sea­son.

This re­sult is a sign of how far the team has come over the course of the sea­son and they will en­ter phase two of the sea­son full of con­fi­dence.

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Jamie Bax­ter whips in a first half free kick for Co­mag Mata­mata Swifts in their 4-3 de­feat in Tau­ranga.

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