Mid-ta­ble stand­ing for Swifts

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Co­mag Mata­mata Swifts missed a golden op­por­tu­nity to get right back in the Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship ti­tle race on Satur­day.

The Swifts con­ceded twice in the fi­nal 10 min­utes of their match at Otu­moetai to lose 2-1 and in­stead stay in mid-ta­ble.

Sam Master­son’s 20th minute goal from a well-worked cor­ner put the Swifts, who looked re­mark­ably com­fort­able at what is tra­di­tion­ally a tricky venue for them, in front.

Reuben Wigelsworth smashed a shot from dis­tance into the cross bar as the match neared half time, while Dayne Willem­sen also had a great op­por­tu­nity only to see the home side’s keeper re­cover well.

Mata­mata should have dou­bled their lead mid­way through the sec­ond half, but Jamie Bax­ter saw his penalty saved in what turned out to be the piv­otal mo­ment of the match.

Otu­moetai, who looked any­thing but a side that had won five games in a row, kicked into gear as the game headed into its death throes.

They nabbed an equaliser in the 80th minute when the Swifts failed to clear a cor­ner, be­fore land­ing the killer blow three min­utes into in­jury time.

In the early game, a Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts Re­serves packed with youth team play­ers fell 3-2 to Otu­moetai’s re­serves.

Goals from Jeremy Pope and Sukvir Singh had the re­serves ahead at the break but the hosts, who now sit in the WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship’s top three, struck back to gain the sort of re­sult that is a win­dow into the re­serves’ sea­son.

On a pos­i­tive note a cou­ple more young­sters, Sam Hills and Adam Har­ris, had the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in se­nior foot­ball in a move that can only help their de­vel­op­ment.

The Swifts A team brought a point back from Hamil­ton af­ter a 2-2 draw against West Hamil­ton United’s re­serves on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Rob Cox and Ro­nan Costello scored for the A team.

On Sun­day, the Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts ladies fell to a 2-0 de­feat at Claude­lands Rovers in what was their first loss since late-April.

The ladies never got go­ing in what was a chal­leng­ing and rea­son­ably spite­ful match against de­ter­mined op­po­si­tion.

The end of a long un­beaten run is al­ways dis­ap­point­ing, but the team has the chance to bounce back when they re­turn home to the Domain in Mata­mata this Sun­day.

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