Richards Bay FC fight back for a point

Eyethu Baywatch - - SPORT • EZEMIDLALO - Dave Sa­vides

TWICE com­ing back to level mat­ters af­ter con­ced­ing goals, Richards Bay FC showed plenty of char­ac­ter in their 2-2 KZN derby draw with Uthongathi at the uMh­lathuze Sta­dium on Sun­day.

In do­ing so, they main­tained their un­beaten home record and re­main just five points off log lead­ers Stel­len­bosch af­ter eight matches.

But head coach Bran­don Truter will not be pleased at the way two soft goals were con­ceded, the first fol­low­ing a slip on the soggy field that left vis­it­ing striker Tsepho Liphoko eas­ily able to round Xolani Ng­cobo in the NRB goals with no cov­er­ing de­fender in sight.

The se­cond goal was also a de­fen­sive glitch with Fran­cis Boloyi left un­marked at the far post for a sim­ple header home.

The two goals did not re­flect the out­stand­ing job done by the NRB cap­tain in the home side’s goals. He pulled off a num­ber of ex­cel­lent saves that kept his side in the hunt.

As it was, a per­fect first half header by Mpho Eras­mus from a su­perb cross by Paseka Sekese and a late strike by Mike Gumede af­ter some ex­cel­lent ball con­trol, en­sured the valu­able point in the see-saw con­test.

These two sides will both be near the top of the ta­ble come the fi­nal sprint; both play a su­per pass­ing game and cre­ate many chances.

They will keep the KZN flag fly­ing high in the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion.

Tshepo Mashigo takes con­trol Uthongathi keeper Abram Ng­cobo man­aged to punch the ball clear to frus­trate three await­ing NRB play­ers

Sandile Mthethwa leaps high to meet a cor­ner kick as Richards Bay mount yet an­other aerial at­tack in the se­cond half

Katleho Maphathe screams past Uthongathi de­fender Ntwenhle Zondo

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