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During the month of January, Mashego discovered a purple patch of scoring form, scoring in every game ending the month with eight goals in four matches. And we said “An-nyeong Hi-ga-se-yo” to striker Kwetela, who leaves for the next step in his career, in Korea.
4.1.14 Away to FCAK
At 0-3 up after twenty two minutes after goals to Hammers, Mashego and Kwetela, you could be forgiven for thinking this was a walk in the park. They responded strongly through goals from Mofokeng and Mosehle to bring it back to 2-3, we were able to hold on and have the final word when Mashego slotted home another in the 88 min, for a 2-4 win. The last laugh was also ours as central defender Peterson was red carded in refs time for an ugly tackle on Edgard at a restart.
11.1.14 Away to Bloem Celtic
The brilliance of Mashego kept us in the match, as opposing winger Hlongwa gave Bloem the early advantage. Mashego struck back for us to go in to the sheds at one all. He scored twice after the break to give us a 1-3 advantage before getting injured – lucky for us only a three day bruise, before Bloem striker Songwe scored a stunner from a set piece in the eighty-first min. We held on for ten minutes to record a 2-3 win.
18.1.14 Home to Witbank Spurs
This game required a bit of a reshuffle, Barkhuizen was suspended, so was replaced by Bobbs, and Mngadi was making his first start in place of the departed Kweleta.
Opposing winger Mabalane, shocked everyone with a soft goal in the fourth minute and it took us a long time to reply, and we finally did through a Gcaba penalty on the stroke of half time. Mashego gave us some breathing room straight afterwards with a well placed strike, to record 2-1. Disaster struck soon after as Bobbs was injured, and with no replacement right defender available natural centre back Sait was pressed into service. Hammers took advantage of a short range toe poke late in the game to record a comfortable (on paper) 3-1 win.
25.1.14 Away to Chippa Utd
This would be easily the most frustrating game of my tenure as manager. We didn’t see much of the ball (we only had 38% possession), and when we did have the ball, we wasted opportunities – they were either blocked by the keeper, went wide, hit the post….etc etc etc. A brace from Mashego was good enough for the three points, but it was an uncomfortable last twenty mins for us as we recorded a 2-1 win.
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