Swifts on the road and back in winner’s circle
‘‘Jamie Baxter then slotted home from the penalty spot, before the hosts hit back.’’
Comag Matamata Swifts took their travelling fans on another journey of discovery at the weekend, before winning 4-3 at West Hamilton United.
West Hamilton created the first opening, before the Swifts grabbed hold of the game. Great chances came and went before Chris Walker fired the Swifts into the lead just before the half hour mark.
Jamie Baxter then slotted home from the penalty spot, before the hosts hit back after a defensive collision. But Matamata kicked on. Bjorn Vossen headed home from a corner before Glen Carmichael slotted to give Matamata a 4-1 lead.
As good as Matamata was going forward they also had to deal with pressure at the other end.
The second half was a slog as the conditions deteriorated. With a swirling breeze at their backs and a mucky surface underfoot, West Hamilton began bombing the ball long. The Swifts big men dealt with most of the pressure, but the hosts capitalised twice to make for an interesting finale.
At the other end, Dayne Willemsen hit the upright, while Carmichael, Walker and Brad West created openings with their pace.
The result rather than the scoreline was important for the Swifts and the three points moved the team back into the top half of the table.
Richardson Racing Stables Swifts Reserves held third placed Te Puke United to a 0-0 draw away from home. A point was the least the team deserved as they created more chances but couldn’t manage to finish anything off. The draw snapped their wretched recent run of results and will hopefully bring the shot of confidence the team needs.
The Swifts A team fell 3-0 to Cambridge at the Domain. It was a disappointing result for a side that didn’t have the best of afternoons.
Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies continued their recent bright run with a 5-2 win over Huntly Thistle. Patrice Morrison scored twice in the first half to give Matamata a narrow 2-1 lead, before a second half hat trick from Mary Ontiveros, including a couple of long-range specials, allowed the team to run away with another impressive victory.
Huntly played a full part in an open game, with the difference being Matamata’s ability to do the right things at the crucial times. Defensively the team was strong from open play, only getting caught out on set-pieces for the two goals.
The win sets Matamata up well for the second half of the season.