Win­ning streak con­tin­ues for Waihi

Waihi Leader - - News - By JAMES HEFFIELD

Waihi recorded its fourth Waikato B di­vi­sion win in a row on Satur­day with a 4-0 vic­tory over St Paul’s Col­le­giate in Hamil­ton.

The ma­jor­ity of the match was dom­i­nated by Waihi, which showed more phys­i­cal­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion than the younger St Paul’s side. Vin­cent Fran­sham opened the scor­ing early with a pic­ture-per­fect free kick that curled ef­fort­lessly into the back of the net from 25 yards out.

Waihi’s sec­ond goal came late in the half when Raiden Mau­rirere fol­lowed up a de­flected shot in­side the six yard box, ham­mer­ing it home with au­thor­ity from close range.

St Paul’s was more com­pet­i­tive in the sec­ond half but failed to threaten Waihi’s goal thanks to solid de­fend­ing from David and Ben Grant, Caleb Kirkham and Neil Hope. Waihi’s third goal came late in the sec­ond half when Fran­sham de­liv­ered an inch-per­fect cross to Richard James, who volleyed it home in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.

Mo­ments later Ryu­sei Nishida showed the class that earned him man of the match when he set up an at­tack that put James through on goal to score his sec­ond of the match.

James beat one de­fender be­fore bam­boo­zling a sec­ond with a dra­matic change of di­rec­tion and slot­ting the ball home past St Paul’s keeper.

A well-de­served win for Waihi and one that keeps the team within touch­ing dis­tance of top spot on the league ta­ble.

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