Hokowhitu Football Club captain Kowhai Hudson, centre, scored the winning goal against Massey University Football Club in their 1-0 win (file photo).
FOOTBALL: Hokowhitu Football Club look on course to be certain winners of the women’s Federation League after notching up their seventh win of the season.
Hokowhitu beat Massey University 1-0 at Skoglund Park, Palmerston North, on Sunday. It was an improved performance from the students from the two teams’ last encounter, where Massey were beaten 4-1 by the league leaders.
The game was goalless until the second half, when Hokowhitu captain Kowhai Hudson scored a header. Despite calls for offside from the Massey players, the goal was awarded and Hokowhitu once again took the three points.
For most of the game, it looked like Massey were going to secure a draw, a feat only one other team, Marist, has managed against Hokowhitu this season.
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Hokowhitu coach Sandra Allison said Massey “came along to play” and gave her team a run for their money.
“It was a pretty close game in many ways. I think we had good control of the game.”
Although they were nine points clear at the top of the table and unbeaten in the league, Allison said her team were not underestimating the other teams.
“You can’t be complacent. You need to still carry on and take every game as it comes.”
Massey are now second to last on the table on eight points, having won just one league game this season.
Whanganui beat Taradale Football Club 2-1 at Wembley Park in Whanganui to solidify their second place on the table. It was the first time this season Whanganui has won back-to-back league games, after beating Feilding in their previous game.
Palmerston North Marist managed a 2-0 win over Feilding United. Feilding have still not picked up a point this season and remain bottom of the table.
Palmerston North Marist’s first team did not have a W-League fixture on Saturday as it was a cup round.