Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts snapped a three game losing streak with the narrowest of victories on Saturday.

After sliding down the table in recent weeks the Swifts badly needed a win to improve their battered confidence. The difficult conditions, due to the weather that hit the region over the weekend, didn’t help things, but when Andrew Clothier fired home his third goal of the season just after the half hour mark the Swifts finally had something to hold onto.

That they did was due in large part to the Swifts putting in a much improved defensive effort this week, as evidenced by the team producing only their second clean sheet of the season. The back four of Gary Dobson, Jackson Allen, Michael Dawson and Joe Tompsett looked more assured, while the Swifts midfield screened them well.

The visitors, who are in the midst of a relegation battle, didn’t let Matamata have things all their own way in what was ultimately a reasonably tight encounter.

The local fans who braved the conditions will be heartened by the Swifts’ effort and will be looking for further improvement over the final couple of months of the season.


Date Time League Season
July 18, 2015 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2015


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts101Win
Tauranga City000Loss

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jordan WiseGoalkeeper0000
2Gary DobsonDefender0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
8Scott ParsonageMidfielder0000
10Andrew Clothier 9Forward1000
12Joe TompsettDefender0000
14Logan Allen 13Forward0000
19Dwayne SignelDefender0000
20Jackson AllenDefender0000
21Callum BarrMidfielder0000
9Murray McKenzie 10Forward0000
13Lawrence Clothier 14Midfielder0000
 Total 1000

Tauranga City

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards