Wan­der­ers women up with lead­ers

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Tom Rowland

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers pre­mier women’s team has moved within a hair’s breadth of sec­ond place in the LOTTONRFL Pre­mier League, af­ter pick­ing up a 3-1 win over Auck­land side West­ern Springs.

On Sun­day coach Stephen Cox was forced into mak­ing squad changes with Bri­ana Rose, Shae Brady and Ge­or­gia Candy all out of the squad. Grace Cox and Kim Maguire re­turned to the start­ing line-up while So­phie Daly made her first start of the sea­son.

Wan­der­ers were com­ing from a 5-0 Hamil­ton derby win against Claude­lands FC on Wednesday and picked up where they left off, scor­ing twice in five against West­ern Springs.

Kelli Brown, who has been in good form for Wan­der­ers, was able to pick out Maguire who made no mis­takes to give Wan­der­ers the lead.

Brown then added her own name to the score sheet, latch­ing on to a pin-point pass and scor­ing her sixth goal of the sea­son and cur­rently Wan­der­ers top goal scorer.

West­ern Springs were not de­flated by an early two goal deficit and pulled one back be­fore half time with a long-range free kick from Ber­nadette Gould­ing.

In the sec­ond half the game be­came a scrappy af­fair with West­ern Springs search­ing for an equaliser, but Maguire was on hand again to put the game to bed, vol­ley­ing the ball from five me­tres out into the roof of the net.

The win keeps Wan­der­ers in third and three points ahead of For­rest Hill Mil­ford AFC thanks to their loss to Three Kings United.

Claude­lands Rovers women’s team also picked up their first point of the sea­son against Pa­pakura FC. De­spite go­ing a goal down early, Sum­mer Gunn was able to level the game for them with the reds hold­ing out for a 1-1 draw.

In the men’s league, Melville United were the big win­ners on the day.

Away to Wai­heke United, it was former Melville hit­man Marc Evans that gave Wai­heke the lead early on in the game.

That would be the only goal Wai­heke would score though as Jama Boss scored a goal on ei­ther side of half time to give Melville a cru­cial win in their hunt for pro­mo­tion.

In the pre­mier league Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers was de­feated by Manukau United in a 4-3 thriller. Af­ter go­ing 3-0 down Wan­der­ers pulled the game back to 3-3 be­fore Manukau scored a win­ner in the later stages of the sec­ond half.

In divi­sion two Claud­lands men’s side’s pro­mo­tion push was put on hold with a 1-0 de­feat to One­hunga Man­gere United.

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