Swifts switch into cruise con­trol mode

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DWAYNE BAR­LOW

Comag Mata­mata Swifts cruised to a com­fort­able 4-0 vic­tory over Pa­pamoa on Satur­day to claim their ninth Loaded WaiBOP Pre­mier­ship win of the sea­son.

Mata­mata cre­ated chances through­out the match but were far from their clin­i­cal best. Dayne Willem­sen scored twice in the first half to give the Swifts what would al­ways be a match win­ning lead against dis­ap­point­ing op­po­si­tion, then cap­tain Scott Par­son­age nod­ded home from a cor­ner just af­ter the restart to put the game to bed.

From there the Swifts should have pushed on to a goal dif­fer­ence boost­ing vic­tory, but in­stead kind of mud­dled their way through the rest of the match. The fi­nal goal came only a cou­ple of min­utes from the end when Glen Carmichael headed home.

This was a typ­i­cally eclec­tic per­for­mance from a Mata­mata side that was never in any danger of los­ing, let alone con­ced­ing a goal.

At times the team looked good go­ing for­ward, but they were ex­tremely waste­ful in front of goal.

Coach Paul Richard­son will be hop­ing his team were sav­ing up those goals for when they player stronger op­po­si­tion.

The win moved Mata­mata back into the top five of a tight Pre­mier­ship ta­ble.

With seven games to play the Swifts still have a good chance of climb­ing higher, but they’ll need to get them­selves on a con­sis­tent run of form as they take on teams that will be just as hun­gry for vic­tory.

In the early game the Richard- son Rac­ing Sta­bles con­ceded sev­eral late goals to lose 5-1 to Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers in a per­for­mance that had been en­cour­ag­ing for the first hour or so.

Ja­som Khatkar gave Mata­mata the lead mid­way through the first half, be­fore Wan­der­ers equalised right on half time. As the team tired their ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nents cap­i­talised to first take the lead then blow the score out.

The Swifts A team lost 5-0 to Waikato Di­vi­sion A lead­ers, Melville United. The team com­peted well but Melville is a team stacked full of play­ers with re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence of foot­ball at a level higher than the lo­cal Waikato leagues.

Dayne Willem­sen scored twice as Comag Mata­mata Swifts beat Pa­pamoa 4-0 on Satur­day. Right: Glen Carmichael scored Swifts’ fourth goal.

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