Comag Matamata Swifts continued their frustrating recent Loaded WaiBOP Premiership run with a narrow and, at times, unnerving 3-2 defeat by Melville United on Saturday.

Needing to recover from last week’s loss at Papamoa, the Swifts were solid at the start, defending well pressing their opponent’s goal on several occasions. The visitors dodged a bullet, that may have ultimately decided the destination of the points, when a clear penalty shout for a foul on Chris Walker was waved away.

Melville scored the only goal of the first half from a long range speculator that owed more to the late winter sun blinding Swifts keeper, Rob Longstaff, than anything else, then doubled their lead straight after the restart.

Brayden Lissington slid home a free kick on the hour mark to get Matamata back in the game, but then the Swifts’ saw two players sent to the new ten minute sin bin, one after the other, leaving them with less than a full compliment of players on the field for an extended period. During one of these spells, Melville nodded home from a corner to restore their two goal lead.

Lissington bundled home his second with a couple of minutes remaining but, despite some late pressure, the Swifts couldn’t find an equaliser. On another day, and with a bit more consistent decision making from both players and match officials, the result could have been very different.


Date Time League Season
July 28, 2018 2:45 pm WaiBOP Premiership 2018


Matamata Domain
7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Matamata Swifts022Loss
Melville United123Win

Matamata Swifts

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Rob LongstaffGoalkeeper0000
4Jamie BaxterMidfielder0000
5Michael DawsonDefender0000
6Reuben Wigelsworth 8Midfielder0000
7Brad WestMidfielder0000
13Dwayne SignelDefender0000
15Brayden LissingtonMidfielder2000
16Chris WalkerForward0000
17Hardy Rosas 21Forward0000
20Bjorn VossenDefender0000
22Hardeep ShettraDefender0000
8Scott Parsonage 6Midfielder0000
21Sean Kipping 17Midfielder0000
22Harry ConnerMidfielder0000
 Total 2000

Melville United

Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards