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Injuries and fitness hinder Greytown

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Greytown 1

Seatoun Reserves 4

Greyfriars Motel Greytown’s winless streak in Capital Division Two has stretched to four games after they were well beaten by Seatoun Reserves at home on Saturday.

Despite the home side having ample opportunities to score in the first half, Seatoun took control with two goals after 12 and 38 minutes. A third goal 10 minutes into the second spell effectively ended the match as a contest. A fourth came from an own goal before Greytown captain Jarrod MacDonald netted a consolation goal from near halfway when he caught the Seatoun goalkeeper off his line.

“We had our opportunities but didn’t put them away, and they got two goals you couldn’t have defended against, but at the end of the day, we had stacks of opportunities, especially in the first half,” a disappointed Greytown coach Phil Keinzley said.

The loss has dropped Greytown to fifth in the championship, but still only three points off second place, and continues a disappointing run in the league, with their last win coming on April 27.

A lengthy injury list, especially among the defenders, is one reason for the poor form, but “we’re really showing that we’re not fit enough, and that’s our biggest issue,” Keinzley said.

“All around the other teams were just fitter than us, and we got away with it at the start of the season because we had quite a good preseason, but the other teams have caught up and gone past us now. It’s forcing me into making changes because if we carry on as we are, we’re going to be in trouble.”

Greytown are at home to Tawa on Saturday, and a win over the sixth-placed side is crucial if they are to revive their promotion aspirations.

Wairarapa United 0

Miramar Rangers 1

Miramar Rangers Seconds scored the only goal of a tight Capital Women’s Division One match played at Solway Showgrounds on Sunday.

The loss has dropped Wairarapa United to seventh in the first-round championship, with one round to play before the start of the championship proper. United are away to Victoria University Units, who are yet to register point, in the final first-round match on Sunday.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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