Relief for Antipas as Gamecocks win

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn Inn coach Joe Antipas spoke of his relief yesterday after his team returned to winning ways in the Castle Premiership with a 1-0 win over Hwange.

Ishmael Lawe headed home six minutes from time to ease pressure on Antipas, who had come under increasing scrutiny at the Bulawayo club.

Ironically, the Gamecocks last won against Hwange three weeks ago.

“It’s a big relief, there was a lot of pressure on my side,” said Antipas.

“Indeed, it was a sweet victory for us and hopefully this will mark the change of our fortunes.”

Hwange coach Nation Dube attributed the loss to lapse in concentration.

“We didn’t play our normal passing game because we did not play according to our game plan. They restricted us and we ended up playing long balls which did not work for us in the end,” Dube said.

The game started rather sluggishly with both teams playing cautiously. Though the visitors somehow dominated the first half, there were no clear-cut chances created in the first half.

When it all looked that the two teams were content with sharing the spoils, Lawe’s header on 84 minutes gave the home side all three points.

Chicken inn Defender Bernard John received a pass from the right flank before sending in a cross in the box which Lawe powerfully headed home past Hwange goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya.

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