Mthatha Bucks 1-2 Witbank Spurs
17 October 2015
A late winner left Mthatha Bucks empty handed as they lost 2-1 to Witbank Spurs at the Mthatha Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Bucks had more chances on the day, but the inability to take their chances, which included a shot against the bar, ultimately proved costly as Spurs bagged all three points.
Having weathered an early storm from the Mpumalanga team, the Mthatha side grew into the game as Phelelani Gcaba took control of midfield. Welcome Qalanto though was not able to find the net as he sent a shot wide and two headers over the bar, following crosses from Luzoko Dipha.
The match was deadlocked at 0-0 as the sides went into half time, Bucks having been unlucky not to go ahead in the 40th minute when Sihle Maso struck the upright with a venomous shot.
Goalkeper Lucky Mshumpela had done well with a couple of first half saves, but was powerless to stop Spurs from going in front on 52 minutes when Joshua Saul scored from the spot with what seemed a dubious penalty after Samkelo Ndletyana had been blown for hand ball, the ball appearing to have struck him in the face.
Parity was restored on 80 minutes as Bucks got back in the game through substitute Moses Spandeel, who scored with a well taken header. But there was late heartbreak for the home team as Cleopas Dube found the net for Spurs shortly before full time.