Wits back on track with Polokwane scalp

Deon Hotto's first-half strike was enough to hand Bidvest Wits a 1-0 victory over Polokwane City on Wednesday evening.

Phathutshedzo Nange was handed his debut for Wits with Carl Lark making a start upfront as the Clever Boys looked to bounce back from the defeat to Baroka.

A tightly contested affair particularly in midfield unfolded in the opening quarter, as a high-pressing mechanism shaped up the dimension of the match.

City conceded their first goal of the season three minutes to the break when Deon Hotto smashed home from close metres.

Carrying a halftime lead, Wits quickly put out all their armoury to increase their advantage but City prepared a response.

Wits applied pressure with numerous set-plays, but the Rise and Shine responded with their first change on 55 minutes with Sibusiso Hlubi removed for Charlton Mashumba.

City slowly looked to venture a come back, but the Students made life difficult with intricate passing and defensive lines. Lark, who made little impact was removed on 62 minutes with former Chippa United marksman Mxolisi Machupu entering.

Gift Motupa, who got a double in the reverse fixture last season, made way for Haashim Domingo after 74 minutes with City searching high and low for an equaliser.

Nevertheless, the Clever Boys manage to hang on to their slender lead for their second win of the season after last week’s loss to Baroka FC at home

Teams:

Polokwane: Chigova, Mbonani, Hlongwane, Motloung, W.Maluleke, Mvelase, Hlubi, Mngomezulu, Chauke, Manaka, Anas.

Wits: Petersen, Hlatshwayo, Hotto, Nange, Mkhwanazi, Alexander, Doutie, Macheke, Motupa, Ritchie, Lark.

Subs: Mhlongo, Nonyane, Pelembe, Monare, Domingo, Macuphu, Dzvukamanja.
 

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