Richards Bay Grab First Win, Highlands Suffer Third Consecutive Loss
National First Division Wrap
Stellenbosch consolidated their position at the top of the NFD log with a comfortable 1-0 win over Cape Town All Stars, while University of Pretoria and Mthatha Bucks recorded good 2-1 away victories over Witbank Spurs and Uthongathi FC respectively.
In addition, there were wins for Mbombela United and Richards Bay.
Thanks to Tshepo Mabua’s second-half volley, Stellenbosch maintained their unbeaten record but the same cannot be said for Siyavutha, who despite going ahead against AmaTuks, suffered their opening loss.
In fact, during a five-minute period Spurs were twice undone by neat corner kicks from Thabo Moseki which resulted in goals for Khayelihle Shozi and Grant Bruchhausen.
This result leaves Shaun Bartlett’s charges a mere point behind Steve Barker’s outfit, while both Bucks and Mbombela United are breathing down their necks on 9 points each.
Uthongathi’s loss was their first at home but all credit must go to the way that Bucks always believed they’d win this exciting encounter. The talented Mpo Erasmus had a hand in both goals. First, he put the Eastern Cape team ahead before his rebound was slotted home by Lucky Mathosi.
This was Erasmus’ 5th goal in as many games and his hard work rate is certain to keep Ian Palmer’s team amongst the frontrunners.
After an excellent start of two wins in a row, Highlands Park’s wheels have suddenly come off with three successive defeats.
The Lions of the North lost 1-0 at the KaNyamazane Stadium, where a single goal from Mbombela’s Tshepo Liphoko was sufficient for their three-point haul.
Richards Bay finally got their show on the road with a 3-1 home win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC, thanks to Sphelele Mkhulise, Thabiso Nkoana and Michael Boy Gumede.
Unbeaten Real Kings did well to grab a point during their goalless draw in Limpopo against Black Leopards, who remain well off the pace.
Another struggling outfit is the big-spending Royal Eagles, still without a win and having only collected 3 points from a possible 15.
Their latest disappointment was a 1-1 home draw with Super Eagles.
The same applies to Ubuntu Cape Town after a similar result against Jomo Cosmos.