Hamilton Wanderers win fourth northern league match on the trot against Manurewa
Hamilton Wanderers' unbeaten start to the season in northern league football continued on Good Friday, as they easily handled last-placed Manurewa on the road in south Auckland.
Goals to Jama Boss, in the first half, and Hamish Smylie, in the second, ensured they returned home with the three points and remained atop the Northern Region Premier Division ladder.
They will now look forward to their first home match of the season on Monday, when they will welcome Forrest Hill Milford to Porritt Stadium.
Meanwhile, Melville United lost for the second weekend in a row in the first division, going down 2-0 to Western Springs at Gower Park.
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The match was an intense, physical affair, especially for this stage of the season, with both sides set on being in the battle for promotion, and neither willing to give an inch.
That made it scrappy at times, which suited the visitors more, and they were able to take the lead on the half-hour mark, when George Debenham wriggled free in the box and finished neatly past Max Tommy in Melville's goal.
Melville chased the game hard in the second half, but struggled to find any fluency, and the result was sealed in the 81st minute, when James Debenham pounced on a defensive mistake to put his side up by two.
The other two Waikato games scheduled for Good Friday were both postponed on Thursday night in advance of the arrival of Cyclone Cook, which ended up having less of an impact than was expected.
The first derby of the season between Wanderers and Claudelands Rovers in the Northern Premier Women's League was one of those games, while the other was the Claudelands men's home fixture against Papakura City in the second division, which means they will be well-rested for Monday, when they host Papatoetoe at Galloway Park.
Melville are on the road on Monday, to play Mt Albert-Ponsonby in Auckland.
AT A GLANCE
Northern Region Premier Division: Manurewa 0 lost to Hamilton Wanderers 2 (Boss, Smylie)
Northern Region First Division: Melville United 0 lost to Western Springs 2 (G Debenham, J Debenham)