Division 1 round-up

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Maritzburg defeated Ikapa 2-0 on Friday night at the Harry Gwala Stadium, while second-placed Bay United suffered only their second loss in twelve games at the hands of FC Cape Town. The score was 2-1 with Marcelino Fransch and Breslyn Hempe netting for the winners.

And with Nathi Lions recording a 2-1 victory over Durban Spurs at King Zwelithini, the gap between Lions and Bay is now only three points, although Ikapa still have a game in hand.

At the other end of the table, Hanover Park picked up their first win of the season, with a well-deserved 3-1 victory over the hapless Western Province United (WPU), who is now in real danger of relegation with only four points from a possible thirty-three.

A brace from David Tango and a good finish from Marlon Goodman were sufficient for Hanover to move above Dumisani Ndlovu’s newly acquired team.

And the ex-Benoni United owner, who has just pumped millions into the struggling club, again watched proceedings from the sidelines, but must be getting really frustrated at his team’s lack of progress – especially considering that a number of his former Rabbits’ men were on the park.

“Yes, the win gives us hope, we are happy, but let’s not forget WPU are a very weak side,” says Hanover chairman Rieduwaan Anthony.

“We’ve been improving lately and the small break will give us more energy. We invested a lot in the players that brought us promotion from the Vodacom, paying them big, big salaries but mentally and physically, they just could not get to grips with the task. A meeting is planned for today to see where we have to improve.”

On Sunday, a last-minute goal gave FC AK all three points at the Atlantic Stadium in Witbank where Black Aces again disappointed their huge support base after equalising to make the score 1-1.

Earlier, Dynamos defeated Witbank Spurs 1-0, while Winners Park have moved up to fourth place following their win over African Warriors by the same score line.

The match between Ga-Rankuwa United and University of Pretoria ended in a 1-1 draw, leaving United just four points behind second-placed Dynamos, although Winners Park, who share the same number of points, do have a game in hand.