Matamata Swifts 4-1 West Hamilton
Loaded WaiBOP Premiership
The Swifts re-found the winning feeling with a, in the end, comfortable 4-1 Loaded WaiBOP Premiership win over West Hamilton United.
The day’s early result, which saw the Swifts A team beat West Hamilton’s reserves 3-2, set the scene for the Premiership match against a side that had made the bold claim that they wanted the Premiership title, despite only being promoted to the top flight in 2017.
It was a tight match in the initial stages, with the Swifts intent on shoring things up at the back after letting in five at Melville last Saturday. As always, Matamata looked good going forward and they secured a priceless half time lead when speedster, Chris Walker, latched on to a Logan Raynel pass for his fifth goal in three games.
The game was decided in less than 20 minutes after half time. Walker doubled Matamata’s lead, before West Hamilton struck back following a free kick. Within moments of the visitors’ goal, however, the Swifts had restored their two goal margin thanks to Dayne Willemsen.
Matamata threatened to overrun their opponents and the fourth goal finally came when teenage debutant, Reuben Wiglesworth, smashed the ball home near the end having only been on the field for a couple of minutes.
The win moved Matamata up to third in the Premiership after three rounds.
|April 15, 2017||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2017|
|7 Huia Street, Matamata 3400, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|9||Chris Walker 6||Forward||2||0||0||0|
|18||Shaun Richardson 15||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|19||Logan Raynel 17||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|6||Reuben Wigelsworth 9||Midfielder||1||0||0||0|
|15||Dwayne Signel 18||Defender||0||0||0||0|
|17||Glen Carmichael 19||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|