Comag Matamata Swifts took their travelling fans on another journey of discovery at the weekend, before winning 4-3 at West Hamilton United to snap a three game winless streak in the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership.
Both teams began the game with goal scoring intent. West Hamilton created the first opening inside the first minute, before the Swifts grabbed hold of the game through clever use of the first half conditions. Great chances came and went before leading scorer, Chris Walker, fired the Swifts into a deserved lead just before the half hour mark.
The floodgates opened after the first goal. Jamie Baxter slotted home from the penalty spot only minutes later, before the hosts hit back after a Swifts defensive collision. But Matamata kicked on. Bjorn Vossen headed home from a corner before Glen Carmichael slotted home to give Matamata a 4-1 lead at the break.
As good as Matamata was going forward they also had to deal with a decent amount of pressure at the other end. Patrick Steele pulled off one smart save while West Hamilton also fired another glorious chance wide.
The second half was a slog for Matamata as the conditions deteriorated. With a firm, swirling breeze at their backs and a mucky surface underfoot, West Hamilton began bombing the ball long. The Swifts big men dealt with most of the pressure, but the hosts capitalised twice to make for an interesting finale.
At the other end, Dayne Willemsen hit the upright, while Carmichael, Walker and Brad West created openings, but no final killer goal, with their pace.
In the end, the result rather than the scoreline was important for the Swifts and the three points moved the team back into the top half of the table with games in hand over all the teams around them.
|July 1, 2017||2:45 pm||WaiBOP Premiership||2017|
|24 Weka Street, Frankton, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|#||Player||Position||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|7||Brad West 18||Midfielder||0||0||0||0|
|18||Shaun Richardson 7||Defender||0||0||0||0|