Swifts held but re­main in top four spot

Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening - DWAYNE BARLOW

Co­mag Mata­mata Swifts recorded their first draw of the sea­son on Satur­day af­ter be­ing held 1-1 at the Do­main by vis­i­tors Taupo.

With a top two spot still a re­al­is­tic propo­si­tion, Mata­mata be­gan brightly against a Taupo side that had also come to play.

The slick con­di­tions pro­duced an open en­counter but nei­ther could find the back of the net dur­ing the first half.

Hav­ing said that, the Swifts did score when Glen Carmichael nipped in front of the keeper to fire home but the ‘‘goal’’ was in­ex­pli­ca­bly ruled out.

Mata­mata also missed an open goal from a header, while Chris Walker grazed an up­right dur­ing the first half.

Taupo also hit an up­right, which was the clos­est they came from the good num­ber of chances they cre­ated.

Reuben Wigelsworth opened the scor­ing 10 min­utes into the se­cond half when he ri­fled home from out­side the box, but Mata­mata’s hard earned lead was thrown away ten min­utes later.

The Swifts failed to deal with a rou­tine long ball and Taupo slid the ball home from the re­sult­ing scram­ble.

Half chances con­tin­ued to come at both ends but nei­ther side quite had the qual­ity to win the game.

Richard­son Rac­ing Sta­bles Swifts Re­serves won their penul­ti­mate game of the sea­son; a de­served 4-3 vic­tory over Te Puke United.

In a game moved to Mata­mata Col­lege due to the week­end’s weather, top scorer, Ram Singh, en­sured the re­serves were level at one a-piece at half time, be­fore a back and forth se­cond half.

Finn Chal­lis pushed the Mata­mata re­serves team in front af­ter half time, then the vis­i­tors lev­elled.

Fur­ther goals from Harry Con­ner and Lawrence Cloth­ier gave Mata­mata a seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able lead, but the vis­i­tors struck late on to keep them hon­est.

The Swifts A team also got among the goals in their fi­nal match of 2017.

While they ended up on the wrong end of a 6-3 score­line against the vis­it­ing Eastern City side, the A team con­trib­uted to an open and en­ter­tain­ing match that kept the size­able fan base in­ter­ested to the end.

Hayri Ci­han scored twice and was joined on the score sheet by Dan Holmes as the team pushed their higher ranked op­po­nents hard.

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