Swifts on the road and back in winner’s cir­cle

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - FOOT­BALL

‘‘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.

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