Tripple B, Hwange share spoils

BEITBRIDGE – Tripple B and Hwange settled for a 1-1 draw in a bottom of the table Castle Premiership match at Dulibadzimu Stadium on Saturday.

Tripple B surged ahead in the 16th minute through aa spot kick converted by Aleck Marime before Zimbabwe national football team centre back Eric Chipeta equalised for the visitors with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Both sides came into the match needing an outright victory to have a realistic chance of surviving the drop but neither side produced a worth performance to ease their relegation woes.

The result means the duo retain their 14th and 15th position on the log with Hwange now on 22 points and Tripple B on 18 points.

It was however Tripple B who was left regretting after they failed to make their dominance and superior ball possession count.

The hosts’ front runners were threatening from the onset and they soon found a break through after being awarded a spot kick when Simon Maengeni was brought down inside the box by Chipeta.

Marime stepped up and made no mistake from the spot.

Chipangano came from breather a more determined side with Gilbert Zulu and Chipeta combining well but the final touch was disappointing.

Chipeta was playing in an unfamiliar role in midfield just behind the strikers.

In the 75th minute Tripple B’s Oscar Chove handled outside the box under the challenge of a making Zulu.

The resultant free kick was well taken by Chipeta whose coolly taken free kick found the back of the net to give Hwange the equaliser.

After the match the home team coach Peter Manoti was disappointed with the result.

“We failed to convert our chances and we also conceded a soft goal,” he said.

The visiting coach Nation Dube said: “We could have won the match but they were awarded a soft penalty.”

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