Waikato Stud Matamata Swifts won 3-0 at bottom side Tauranga City United on Saturday to move into joint second on the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership table as the 2016 season nears its end.
Mercurial Frenchman, Jordane Lambert, opened the scoring early with his tenth goal of the season, before second half strikes from Chris Walker and Ben Vogt eased the Swifts to their thirteenth win of the season against a side that will be playing Championship football in 2017.
The match never rose to any great heights. The Swifts were always in control and had their minds on this weekend’s match against neighbours rivals Cambridge. The winners of this Saturday’s match will put themselves in a great position to finish as runners-up to 2016 title winners, Ngongotaha.
A young Richardson Racing Stables Matamata Swifts reserves, shorn of half a side due to injury and unavailability, lost 5-1 at promotion chasing Taupo in the WaiBOP Championship. Matamata hit the woodwork early before Taupo rattled home four first half goals to put the result beyond doubt. Finn Challis grabbed a goal back for Matamata after half time but Taupo scored again to underline their favouritism to finish in the second promotion spot.
The Swifts A team beat Te Awamutu by default to continue their excellent recent run.
On Sunday the Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies won their sixth game in a row at Claudelands Rovers. After a goalless first half Matamata ran out 3-1 victors. The goals came from Patrice Adamson, top scorer Annemieke Verstraten and Kerrie Cox as Matamata completed a league double over Rovers. After a slow start to 2016 the Ladies have clicked into gear over the last couple of months.
The Swifts under-13s produced another strong showing, drawing 1-1 at home against Hamilton Wanderers in a match they were unlucky not to win. After going behind early Anton Ganas fired the equaliser home from a free kick then Matamata created several more excellent openings to go ahead. Unfortunately the ball stayed out but, in a sign of how far the side has progressed this season, a draw against a side that had beaten Matamata 6-1 in their first game at this level was a creditable result.
13th Grade: Matamata Jets 3-1 Fairfield. Matamata Falcons 6-2 Ngaruawahia.
11th Grade: Hillcrest 3-4 Matamata Dragons. Hamilton Marist 3-3 Matamata Tigers (Goals: Logan Cox-Milne 3. Player of the Day: Wyatt Winke).
10th Grade: Northern United 0-1 Matamata Rebels.
9th Grade: Matamata Eagles 1-3 Northern United (Goal: Haydn Logie. POD: Nathan Quinn). Matamata Strikers – BYE.