» Preview – WaiBOP Utd v Wanderers – ASB YL

The WaiBOP United Youth Team returns to the Matamata Domain this Saturday for the second home match of their ASB Youth League campaign.

After an opening day draw with Hawke’s Bay United, which was also played in Matamata, the team travelled to Kiwitea Street where they lost 3-1 to slick title favourites, Auckland City. That means this weekend’s game is in large part about getting a result.

WaiBOP United’s Youth Team Coach, Paul Drake, agrees. “This match is an important one as both sides are still searching for their first win,” he said. “While a big part of being in this league is about  player development, it’s also important to get in the habit of picking up results because, at the end of the day, that’s what football is all about.”

Drake sees many parallels between his team’s performances and the 1st team’s. “Much like the 1st team, the youth team has been competitive in our opening fixtures while not quite being able to secure a victory. We did a good job, in patches, against a good Auckland City side last Saturday and we’ll be looking to bring a greater level of consistency into this Saturday’s performance. Hopefully that will result in a win for the boys.”

The match kicks off at 2pm on Saturday January 25 at the Matamata Domain

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