An at times listless performance from Comag Matamata Swifts has seen the side slump to a 4-3 defeat at Tauranga Boys’ for their third Loaded WaiBOP Premiership loss in a row.
The fans who had travelled could be forgiven for wondering what was going on as Matamata gave up three poor goals inside the first 15 minutes. Despite being well below par for the remainder of the half Matamata fashioned a number of good openings and had their aim been true should have been at least level at the break.
It didn’t take long after the restart, however, for the Swifts to grab three goals back. Jamie Baxter, from the penalty spot, Glen Carmichael and top scorer Chris Walker scored the goals that had Matamata back on level terms in next to no time. The Swifts continued to press but could find the goal that would have broken their hosts, with the Tauranga keeper pulling off several fines saves to go with his excellent first half work.
With the game in the balance outside influences started to take effect and it was the hosts, who had looked threatening on the counter all afternoon, who broke through with the winner. Matamata had the ball in the net almost immediately but the goal was inexplicably ruled out.
So another frustrating afternoon for a Matamata side that has been inconsistent of late in what is turning out to be a competitive league, apart from the top and bottom sides.
Richardson Racing Stables Matamata Reserves also headed over the Kaimais to play Tauranga City United. Logan Raynel put the young reserves ahead early, before Tauranga equalised almost immediately. In the second half the experience of Tauranga shone through as they scored twice more to win 3-1.
The Swifts A team completed a hat trick of disappointing away results for the men’s teams with a 2-1 defeat at Te Awamutu. Hayri Cihan’s goal was the sole reward for a performance that should have seen them return home with much, much more.
On Sunday, the Challenge Matamata Swifts Ladies completed the initial part of their season on a bright note, holding Tokoroa to a 0-0 draw in a back and forth game at the Domain. Tokoroa were among the league favourites pre-season, while Matamata was pushed into Waikato A less than a week before the start of the season. This result is a sign of how far the team has come over the course of the season and the will enter phase two of the season full of confidence.