Clubs miss out on points

2018-11-28 06:00
Mangaung Soccer Centre’s midfielder Thembinkosi Ngququ (in red and white) battles for the ball with Bochabelo Warriors duo defenders Thembani Mafike and Lindani Damber during the teams’ SAB League fixture played at the Westdene Sports Ground in Bloemfontein on Saturday (24/11). Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Soccer Centre’s midfielder Thembinkosi Ngququ (in red and white) battles for the ball with Bochabelo Warriors duo defenders Thembani Mafike and Lindani Damber during the teams’ SAB League fixture played at the Westdene Sports Ground in Bloemfontein on Saturday (24/11). Photo: Teboho Setena

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Two rookie football clubs in the SAB League, Bochabela Warriors and Botshabelo’s Mathaithai, blew a chance to improve their standings on the log. This is after they lost matches in which each should have collected a point at least.

Warriors suffered their fifth loss of the season against Mangaung Soccer Centre, while Mathaithai lost their second to Bloemfontein Celtic.

The matches played at different times on Saturday (24/11) took place at the Westdene Sports Ground in Bloemfontein.

The favourable results for Celtic and Mangaung saw them slightly move up on the log table to occupy position 7 and 13, respectively. Warriors remained in the bottom half of the log with 9 points on position 11 while Mathaithai are rooted in third place with 20 points – 6 points adrift the leaders Kingston, on 26 points and second place Questas, on 23 points.

Warriors, who fought gallantly against Mangaung faltered in the late stages of the game and succumbed to a 2 – 3 loss. Rookies Warriors certainly made Mangaung to sweat blood in this tightly contest fixture.

Warriors fought back to level the score mid-way, by 2 – 2. However, the newcomers lacked the killer instinct to finish off their opponents, Mangaung, who were desperate for a win.

The hard-fought victory for Mangaung was a breath of relief given the club is currently fighting the dreaded relegation. This was Mangaung’s second win of the 2018-’19 season in the competition.

Log-leaders Kingston from Heidedal were the biggest scorers, beating Action Spar by 5 – 1. Kingston is the only team of the 16 in the SAB League still unbeaten and have drawn two of the ten league matches played thus far.

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