Wanderers climb table with big win
Daniel Frischknecht reigned supreme against Three Kings United with three goals on Saturday.
The Hamilton Wanderers striker wreaked havoc with the visiting defence at Porritt Stadium as the hosts gained their second win in three Northern League Premier Division matches to climb to fourth spot on the table.
The only setback for the victors was Frischknecht having to limp off with injury late in the game but it was another enterprising performance from the Mark Cossey-coached side that was fully deserving of their margin of victory.
Wanderers have quickly established a style that suits their personnel and it was again highly effective as the leggy Frischknecht tormented the Three Kings defence in pursuit of long balls knocked over the back four.
Yet it was centre back Raymond How who put the hosts ahead in the first half when he rose highest to head in an inswinging corner from close range.
The lead was short-lived, however, as former Waikato FC striker Sam Margetts worked his way to the byline and while How looked like having the resulting square ball covered, he let it roll past him while facing his own goal, allowing Jared Colligan a simple tap-in at the far post.
Frischknecht put Wanderers back in front when he timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and then coolly finished and nabbed his second with a determined header from Jordan Shaw's deep cross that found the net courtesy of the inside of the post.
The hosts wrapped up all three points 15 minutes into the second half when Mark Jones played a one-two and broke into the penalty area, only to have his feet clipped when looking to finish. A red card and a penalty was the result.
Frischknecht stepped up to sidefoot home with aplomb for his hat-trick and Wanderers were rarely troubled after by the 10 men.
Fellow Premier Division side Melville United lost their third match on the trot and are now bottom of the league after a 2-0 away defeat to newly-promoted Manurewa.Nathan Holten was the other hat-trick hero for Waikato sides on Saturday as he grabbed all three in the first half of a 3-0 away victory for Ngaruawahia United over Mt Albert Ponsonby in Division One.
It was the first win in four matches for the visitors.
In Division Two, Matamata Swifts were also celebrating a road win after goals from Scott Parsonage and Jack McNab gave them a 2-1 triumph over Papakura City.
The visitors conceded yet another penalty in the first half to fall behind but Parsonage's chip seven minutes into the second spell drew them level before McNab's first goal for his new club in the 72nd minute helped Swifts reach a mid-table spot after five matches.