League lead­ers end TA XI’s run

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Goals to Matthew Palmer and Nathan Holten ei­ther side of half­time gave WaiBOP Foot­ball pre­mier­ship league lead­ers West Hamil­ton United a 2-0 win over Te Awa­mutu.

West Hamil­ton’s fifth win in eight matches at Weka Street, Hamil­ton on Satur­day has nudged them a point clear of pre­vi­ous lead­ers Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege and Fly­ing Mul­let Pa¯pa¯moa which both suf­fered de­feats at the week­end.

The Ed­monds Jud­dspon­sored Te Awa­mutu men’s team loomed as tricky op­po­nents, hav­ing won their last two games.

Te Awa­mutu coach Joe Gif­ford said his team were in good spir­its go­ing into the match, but couldn’t crack a well-drilled West Ham de­fen­sive line.

St­ef­fan Foulkes and Joel Roil worked hard all game with­out creat­ing many scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Player of the day went to mid­fielder Os­val­odo Rug­geri who later in the game switched to cen­tre de­fender. Rug­geri is one of two Ital­ian play­ers with the club this year.

The re­sult dropped Te Awa­mutu to ninth place in the league, only five points be­hind league lead­ers West Ham af­ter eight rounds. This Satur­day the team are home to Mata­mata, 2.45pm kick off at the Sta­dium.

The Men’s Re­serves A di­vi­sion side lost 3-1 to Cam­bridge at the Sta­dium.

Coach Dave Hall re­ports that, de­spite hav­ing the better start of the game and creat­ing sev­eral scor­ing chances, his team went to the break 2-0 down.

In the sec­ond half, Te Awa­mutu bat­tled to the end and were re­warded with a well taken goal cre­ated out of noth­ing by Tawhiri Ball.

Player of the day was Ben Petersen for his hard work on the left side of mid­field.

This week the team are home to Te Aroha, 12.30pm kick off at the Sta­dium.

The Men’s C di­vi­sion team lost 5-0 to Melville at Gower Park.

Coach Nigel Mack­In­tosh re­ports that his team were for­ever chas­ing the game try­ing to get a re­sult af­ter con­ced­ing two early goals.

Player of the day went to de­fender Si­mon Br­danovic in his first game back from in­jury.

This Satur­day the team plays Claudelands Rovers C Vets at An­chor Park, 2.30pm kick off.

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