Dif­fi­cult weekend at home for Swifts

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Co­mag Mata­mata Swifts slipped to a 2-1 de­feat at home to Cam­bridge on Satur­day, which was a re­sult that sent the vis­i­tors to the top of the Loaded WaiBOP Premier­ship ta­ble and the Swifts ma­rooned in mid-ta­ble.

Mata­mata took the lead 20 min­utes into a tight, scrappy match that had few real open­ings to that point. Brad West was up­ended in the box lead­ing to a penalty kick, which Jamie Bax­ter com­fort­ably con­verted.

The vis­i­tors, af­ter a slow start, started to gain a bit more con­trol, forc­ing a num­ber of free kicks and cor­ners which, by and large, the Swifts dealt com­fort­ably with. It was from a cor­ner three min­utes be­fore the break, how­ever, that the vis­i­tors scram­bled home their equaliser af­ter Mata­mata failed to clear.

Cam­bridge got the game’s de­ci­sive goal 10 min­utes af­ter half time when they broke down the Swifts right to con­vert. Mata­mata should have been back on level terms al­most im­me­di­ately, but lead­ing scorer Chris Walker shot over when put through.

The visi­tor’s de­fence tight­ened up as they de­ter­mined to see the game out and claim the three valu­able points.

The Swifts big­gest strength go­ing for­ward – their pace – was some­what nul­li­fied by the heavy con­di­tions and their or­gan­ised opponents.

In the early game, Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts Re­serves lost 5-0 to the WaiBOP Cham­pi­onship’s lead­ers, Cam­bridge Re­serves. All the goals came in the first half, with the vis­i­tors prov­ing clin­i­cal while Mata­mata was more than a lit­tle waste­ful in front of goal. The Re­serves tight­ened up af­ter the break, put­ting in a more as­sured and com­posed show­ing.

The Swifts A team also tasted home de­feat on Satur­day, los­ing 3-1 to Waihi to be knocked out of the Waikato Plate.

The vis­i­tors scored the first half’s only goal, be­fore dou­bling their lead af­ter the break. Kyle van Wav­eren gave the A team hope when he pulled a goal back but Waihi se­cured pas­sage to the semi-fi­nals with a third strike late on.

On Sun­day a de­pleted Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies lost 5-1 at home to Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers in a re­sult that se­verely dented their Waikato Bowl ti­tle hopes. Mag­gie Leaver scored the team’s soli­tary goal on an oth­er­wise chal­leng­ing af­ter­noon for the team.

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Co­mag Mata­mata Swifts go close to scor­ing dur­ing their 2-1 de­feat by Cam­bridge on Satur­day.

A de­pleted Swifts Ladies football team lost to Hamil­ton Wan­ders, 5-1, at the Mata­mata Do­main on Sun­day.

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