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Highlands Park FC

10 May 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Going into the final game of the season as 2015 NFD Champions is always pleasing and gives great satisfaction knowing we achieved our goal with a game to spare.

But this could also have been a very tricky fixture as we had nothing to prove or play for except our pride and maybe upholding our record of only losing 2 games the whole season.

For a change we managed to score first through Sibusiso Sibeko with ,what most people would say, is his weaker foot. Individual brilliance and taking responsibility in the 18 yard area by having a shot at goal.

We might not have dominated the game but we played like true champions by moving and shifting the ball across the park. Our solid defense has been key throughout this season and once again proved to be the difference in the result even though we did concede.

Our substitutions in the majority of our game has proved to be the difference between losing and winning games this season. Once again Prince Nxumalo came off the bench and had an immediate impact with his movement and speed. From a Deon Hotto corner Prince managed to pull away to the far post and create some space for himself and slotted the ball home from close range to give us the lead and the win.

Ending off our season in style was always priority and the way we did it can only be a compliment to the players for the effort and commitment they have shown every game.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mato Madlala for giving me the opportunity to lead this team the past season and get the team back to the PSL. My coaching staff as well as all the people that are never visible but make a massive difference when it comes to making things easier for the players.

An outstanding season capped by the enormous support we have had from all our fans throughout the season, home and away.

We truly thank and appreciate everyone that believed in us and trust the support will continue for years to come.

Thank you and God Bless!!!


Cape Town All Stars

03 May 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

I'm writing this report with tears of joy in my eyes as we achieved our goal of automatic promotion by getting the point we needed to get back to the PSL, With 2 games remaining.

Playing our penultimate game at home was the perfect opportunity to wrap up the league in front of our home fans. We started the game very tentative and nervous by giving possession away unnecessary in critical areas. It seems to be the story of our season by going a goal behind and having to come back to either draw or win games.

The resilience and fighting spirit we've shown throughout the season is what this team was built on. Along with the self believe, trust and confidence in each other we showed against all odds,what can be achieved once you know where you going.

Our 2nd half was once again a different affair as we piled on the pressure on All Stars and the deserved equaliser through Prince Nxumalo.

We can now celebrate as Champions of the 2015 NFD with 1 game to go and that in itself gives me great satisfaction as the head coach of this club.

I would like to thank my technical team and support staff for their hard work throughout the season in order for us to get back to the elite league of top flight football.

Also a big thank you to all our loyal supporters that came to our matches and motivating our players through difficult time.


Thanda Royal Zulu

29 April 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

A consecutive KZN derby in 5 days posed a major hurdle in our quest to secure that automatic promotion.

Thanda was always going to be a tough opponent as they needed to bounce back from their defeat against Warriors and ensure they continue their push for a play off place.

Underestimating opposition had never been part of our vocabulary but once again our slow start to the game allowed Thanda to dominate possession in the first half and take the lead through a corner.

Another well taken free kick to equalise from Mabhuti Khenyeza brought us back into the game but a lapse of concentration gifted them the 2nd goal through a inswinging corner and miscalculation from our goalkeeper.

Our fighting spirit and the will to win has been the foundation of this team and we again showed that we possessed that believe to come back every time we faced with difficult situations. Our 2nd goal through Nkanyiso Cele came at the right time as it changed my team talk at halftime.

The next goal in a game like this is always important and we fortunately applied enough pressure to get the lead and 3rd goal through Zukile Mkhize.

The last 15 minutes was a tense affair as Thanda really pushed us all the way and we defended for our lives and the victory we desperately needed.

This victory showed we have been working towards our goal with the discipline needed and that we do not need favors from anyone but continue to work as a team.

We will see all our supporters at Chatsworth on Sunday for our last home vs Cape Town All Stars.


Royal Eagles

25 April 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Playing a derby game can be a tricky affair as you never know what type of game it might bring.

This game today was a totally different scenario as I've never seen rivals go at each other with everything and probably produced one of the most entertaining games for us as a club and fans were concerned in the NFD this season.

We started the game at the tempo that we demanded from our players and applied a lot of pressure on our opponents by forcing them into mistakes and creating some chances ourselves. Going a goal behind always seems to bring the best out of my players and we bounced back through another goal from Mabhudi Khenyeza.

The concentration level normally drops after scoring and that's how we conceded the 2nd shortly after our equaliser. After sorting out some minor problems in our play, we came out with more determination and desire to win the game.

The next goal was always going to be important as far as the result was concerned and fortunately for us it came through a Fikizolo penalty. Once we took the lead there was no chance of Eagles coming back as the fitness superiority was evident and we proved that by getting the 4th goal through Hotto after some great counter attacking football.

Yes we've managed to get the bragging rights in the KZN derby today but we still have 3 games to play and another KZN vs Thanda on Wednesday.

The champagne will be on ice until we know we have secured that automatic promotion and achieved our goal set out at the beginning of the season. Thanks to all our supporters that came out in numbers to Chatsworth today.


Vasco da Gama

22 April 2015 - Shaun Bartlett5 games were standing between us and our goal of automatic promotion back to the PSL.

Maluti FET

17 April 2015 - Shaun BartlettWe started a very tough week yesterday against Maluti FET College where we will be playing 3 games in 8 days.

We knew that they would be coming at us with everything but the kitchen sink as they had nothing to lose,as the team looking likely to be relegated.

Once again we started the game a bit tentative and conceded against the run of play with some poor defending. Set plays was going to be a big part of our game as we started with probably our tallest team thus far.

Getting the equalizer through Katjiukua made things more interesting and we managed to find our rhythm. With a lapse of concentration we allowed them to score their 2nd and we went into half time 2-1 down.

It always seems that the half time team talk brings out the best out of players as we started the remaining 45 minutes with more urgency and tempo. Grabbing the 2nd goal through a Fikizolo's penalty and then the 3rd through a Hendricks free kick made life a bit easier for the last part of the game.

Our 4th goal came through some neat inter play between Masaole and Khenyeza, where he managed to get his shot off Playing with 10 men for the last 15 minutes allowed us to create a few more chances and Nxumalo obliged by putting our 5th goal in from a low cross from Cele.

Emphatic win that got us back on track as far as getting victories are concerned but more importantly keeping the gap between ourselves and Cosmos.

Now onto Vasco on Wednesday at Princess Magogo where we hope to secure another win and keep the momentum and our goal of automatic promotion alive.

Keep on supporting the team until we achieve our goal.


Nedbank Cup - SuperSport Utd

11 April 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Playing in the quarter final of the Nedbank Cup vs Supersport was a welcomed distraction from the league as our players have felt the pressure of being at the top of the log the last 10 days.

We went into the game with no expectations and enjoy the occasion as no one gave us a chance of winning this game.

We started the game with more energy and desire than our opponents and created a few opportunities early on in the game. Our passing game was better than our previous 2 games and we should have capitalised with the dominance of possession in the first half.

The 2nd half was an opened affair as both team attacked at will but we had the more clear cut chances and brought the best out of the Supersport goalkeeper.

Our fast and speedy counter attacks caused problems for their defense along the movement of our wingers.

We definitely gave a good account of ourselves and showed why we are top of the NFD log. Losing 1-0 was definitely an indication how we have defended the past 9 months and the foundation we have set in place.

Now that the cup run are over, we can solely concentrate on the league and our push for that automatic promotion back to the PSL.


Baroka FC

07 April 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Playing our consecutive away game in 5 days was always going to test our player's fitness as well as mental strength.

We started the game much better than our our outing against Witbank Spurs. The tempo and urgency looked improved and we managed to put a few passes together to get into the final third.

They did manage to create a few opportunities and had a couple of chances but our defense and goalkeeper Mbaeva stood firm and we went into the halftime goalless.

In The 2nd half once again we increase our intensity and had more clear cut chances to score. Our organisation and tactical discipline will always give us a good foundation to go and attack the opposition.

Even if we played for another 2 days, I don't think we would have scored. It was just one of those games where their goalkeeper was stopping everything that came his way.

Credit to my players, as once again we didn't concede nor lose our game and we keep the momentum with us.

Our players can now go into the Nedbank Cup vs Supersport on Saturday more relaxed and enjoy the occasion but still give a good account of ourselves and not destroy what we have built thus far.

Thanks for the continuous support from back home.


Witbank Spurs

04 April 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Finding ourselves at the top of the log after our win against Ga Rankuwa was exactly what we have been working for.

But now we have to continue with the same work ethic and commitment that we have shown in our previous 7 games.

Witbank Spurs came to Witbank stadium with only 1 thing in mind and that was to defend and go home with a draw.

It was a very frustrating game for our team and as we piled on the pressure and created a number of chances to wrap up the game but nothing would go in.

Not once did Witbank Spurs threaten our goal during the 90 minutes and unfortunately our dominance didn't get the reward with the win.

We have to bounce back now against Baroka on Wednesday afternoon in another away game at Peter Mokaba stadium

Looking forward to the continous support from fans.


Golden Arrows vs Natal Utd

23 March 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Our consecutive KZN derby in the Nedbank Cup meant bragging rights was up for grabs again, be it against lower league opposition Natal Utd.

Playing lower league teams always tends to pose more problems as we didn't know much about them but we had to prepare in the right manner to avoid being eliminated.

We didn't start the game as we planned as far as dictating the tempo of the game and,or keeping possession.

They came with a plan of attacking at all costs as they had nothing to lose even if they ended up the losing side. We allowed them too much space and time on the ball and they grew in confidence with the support of their travelling crowd behind them.

The start of the 2nd half we needed to score early as we planned during half time and we got the lead through another Mabhuti Khenyeza goal.

The last 30 minutes was nerve wrecking as Natal Utd came at us in numbers but once again we stood strong and countered with fast attacking play and could have scored the second goal to wrap up the game.

We are in the quarter finals draw now and look forward to our next opponents with bated breath.

Thanks for all the support that came to Chatsworth today.


Garankuwa vs Golden Arrows

14 March 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Playing teams that are not in direct competition with us for the league title are always more difficult to play as you need to motivate your players much more.

A very hot Pretoria welcomed us and we knew that we needed to apply our normal possession game to reserve energy and be patient to expose Garankuwa's defense. Once again the deadlock was broken by Andile Fikizolo with a well taken goal to give the lead into halftime.

The 2nd half was a totally different story as Garankuwa started to put more pressure on our defense and we also allowed them too much space and time on the ball.

Defending has been our strength this season and proved it by staying compact and dealing with all the attacks on our goal.

Max Mbaeva made some great saves to keep us in the game and that gave us more confidence going the other way. We finally scored the second and winning goal through Mabhuti Khenyeza a Well deserved victory for the club and extending not only our winning run but also our lead at the top of the log.

Now onto the Nedbank Cup tie with Natal United next week Sunday at Chatsworth and a well deserved break from the league for 2 weeks.


Golden Arrows vs Cosmos

07 March 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

After drawing our last two games we needed to bounce back with a win against Cosmos, especially being a home game.

A top of the table clash always guarantees entertainment for the supporters but the game ws important to us as a ateam for the victory.

Going up 1-0 through a magnificent header from Prince Nxumalo gave us the deserving lead and platform for the 2nd half.

Cosmos was peppering our goal with long balls and direct play but we dealt with it until a confusing moment where allowed them to equalise.

The last 20 mins was all us as we changed the tempo of the game and a shot from Andile Fikizolo put us ahead again.

Against the run of play with some good counter attacking football saw us break away and Deon Hotto scoring the 3rd and securing our victory.

We will remain humble and our feet on the ground and coming to work as a team as we travel to Garankuwa next week.

Thanks for all the support we had at the game today and glad we could make you proud once again.


Santos vs Golden Arrows

04 March 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Our second game away on the trot was going to be testing after only managing a draw against Warriors in our previous game, as well as Cape based sides being more physical and direct in their playing style.

Again, we struggled with our first half performance, we never seemed to find rhythm or momentum and indifferent performances from some of our players compounded the situation. Half time breaks for coaches are always welcomed, as it provides us an opportunity to rectify any first half mistakes as well as re-organise the team for the remainder of the game.

We started the second half better and managed to put Santos under pressure early on, however not being able to convert our chances was again an issue and this allowed them to stay in the game. We eventually managed to create a chance through an unlikely penalty which Zukile Mkhize converted with great ease.

The last 15 minutes was frantic as the pressure increased, and we had to deal with a lot of long throws and free kicks into our box. With the last action of the game, Santos eaqualised through a long throw which we never dealt with properly and ended up conceding and allowing the draw.

A massive game versus Cosmos is waiting for us on Saturday at Chatsworth and we trust we get the maximum points to regain top spot with the help of our supporters.


African Warriors vs Golden Arrows

28 Feb 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

After being on a great run of results and form, we knew the African Warriors encounter will be a tricky one for us.

This is a team fighting for survival and you could see their intentions from the very start. Piling on the pressure and creating opportunities to have shots at our goal.

The first half was a one sided affair with Warriors having the majority of the possession. We however could not found our rythm or play our passing game which made it a nervous first 45.

We came out in the second half a different team and started to put some passes together and also creating chances to score.

We once again defended as a team preventing them from scoring and also conceding the victory by clearing a few balls off our goal line.

This will definitely be a point that will help our quest to achieve that final goal of promotion. The fighting spirit shown by my players with a never say die attitude is the reason we are still top of the league table.

Another opportunity vs Santos in Cape Town on Wednesday is awaiting us and this time around we will have to get all 3 points to bounce back and create a bigger gap between ourselves and the rest of the league.


AmaZulu vs Golden Arrows

20 February 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Playing in the Nedbank Cup is always a welcome relief from the League. This time around though it was as tough as a League game because we were playing our neighbours Amazulu in a KZN derby.

We started the game a bit tentative and on the back foot due to some nervous decisions made by my players.

Conceding so early in the game was never part of the plan but once again once we found our rythm and moved the ball around once the confidence in the team grew.

Scoring the equaliser, through Mabhuti Khenyeza's free kick, just before half time was critical as it changed not only the complex of the game but also my team talk at half time.

The 2nd half we showed more desire and determination than Amazulu and that was the key in us getting the winning goal through some hard work.

We played at a high tempo in the 2nd half and I do not think Amazulu could handled that.

Well deserved win amd now onto our next game in the league which will be away to African Warriors.

Thanks for all the support that came to Princess Magogo to get behind the team.


GOlden Arrows vs FC Cape Town

14 February 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

Playing Cape Town teams are never easy but once again we had to do battle with FC Cape Town today after our win vs Milano.

Windy conditions welcomed us at Chatsworth but we didn't show that it would affect us. Andile Fikizolo got his 2nd goal in as many games with a well taken run and finish. We were put under a lot of pressure by the opponents but endured the onslaught and defended for our lives in order to secure the win to keep us on top of the log.

Prince Nxumalo once again made a difference with his strength, speed and movement to cause problems in their defence. He created the 2nd goal with a deflection from one of their defenders.

Now onto our Nedbank Cup game vs Amazulu next Friday at Princess Magogo. Thanks for the continuous supports from all our fans today at Chatsworth.


Milano Utd vs Golden Arrows

12 February 2015 - Shaun Bartlett

After having ended the first round on a good run of 2 games, winning both 2-0, we needed to continue that run and keep the momentum with us against a tough Milano outfit.

The conditions in Cape Town were a bit tricky as the wind picked up drastically and made playing difficult. We coped with the elements and made it count with our set plays as Mabhuti Khenyeza got off the mark with a well taken header from a Hendricks free kick.

We dominated the game from there on and showed the desire and commitment needed to outplay good teams with our fast attacking counter attacking football.

Another Hendricks free kick saw Fikizolo head in our 2nd goal to show our dominance.

The 2nd half we played into the wind and that can always set you back but we continued our pressure by creating more chances however we could unfortunately not convert them.

FC Cape Town will be visiting us on Saturday and we must start a good run now and create a bigger gap between ourselves and the rest of the NFD. Looking forward to our supporters coming in numbers to keep driving the team to our final goal of automatic promotion. See you all at Chatsworth on Saturday.


Golden Arrows vs Black Leopards

20 December 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Today's encounter was going to be difficult as both teams won their last 2 games and confidence were high on both sides.

We needed to start the game the same way we did vs Highlands as far as tempo and passing accuracy was concerned.

The 1st half was definitely a rather frustrating one for the coaching staff as we dominated with possession and also with creating the most goal scoring opportunities but could not find the back of the net.

We eventually found the 1st goal through Tebogo Masaole, who continues his good goal scoring form.

We started the 2nd half a bit tentative and Leopards piled on the pressure as they felt they could still come back to win the game.

With good counter attacking play, we created a few more chances to wrap up the game but the 2nd goal came late in the game through Masaole again.

The performance for me today without a doubt justified our position on the log and also the fighting spirit my players have shown over the last 16 games.

It was the best way to start our 2nd round of fixtures and also to end off with a victory to give everyone involved with the club a nice Christmas break.

To all our supporters, once again a big thank you for your support and encouraging motivation towards my players.

Have a great festive season and travel safe on the roads as we hope to see you all back in the new year.


Golden Arrows vs Highlands Park

13 December 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

After a much needed win vs Milano in the Nedbank qualifying round it was back to business of league fixtures.

The win in the cup definitely improved our confidence and morale in the squad as we came into this game with our tails up.

Preparation for today's game went very well and everyone put their hands up to be in the squad for this match.

We started the game at the right tempo by immediately applying pressure on our opponents and going back to our normal passing game.

The 1st goal was very important for us as that would give the players more confidence in our attack and it duly arrived from Omar Hendricks with yet another trademark free kick.

The 2nd half was a more entertaining affair as we continued with great attacking play but could not show anything for it until Nkanyiso Cele pounced onto a cross and headed the ball in.

A welcomed victory for the team in the league after a hard fought performance from the boys.

Black Leopards next week will also be a tough task but our players showed they are willing to fight til the end for the result.
Looking forward to seeing you at Chatsworth again next Saturday and your support.


Golden Arrows vs Milano FC

10 December 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Nedbank Cup Vs Milano United

We welcomed the relief from our league fixtures in our qualifying round of the Nedbank Cup 2015 vs Milano at Chatsworth.

This was a game that we wanted to use to bounce back from our poor form of late and also to give some fringe players the opportunity to start and impress the coaching team. A good performance from them and the possibility of putting their names in the hat  for our upcoming game vs Highlands Park this coming Saturday. 

It was a rather nervous start from some of the debutants and we once again fell behind early through a corner kick. We had to react quickly and make substitutions to change the game. Introducing Hotto and Kok made the difference as we settled down to our normal passing game and started to create more chances to score. A well taken free kick from Brandon Parusnath gave us the equaliser and put us back into the game.

The 2nd half was an entertaining affair and definitely kept us on the edge of our seats as fans and coaches alike. Both teams threatened with good attacking play but we were fortunate enough to pile on the pressure and force a penalty in our favour. Zukile Mkhize stepped up and duly converted the spot kick to give us the lead and eventually the result.

Now we have 2 home league games left until the Christmas break and we trust today's result will restore the confidence in our players as well as the team for the remaining 2 weeks.

Hope to see you all at Chatsworth on Saturday for our game vs Highlands Park and your continuous support for the boys.


CT All Stars vs Golden Arrows

06 December 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

After our 1st league loss vs Thanda,  we needed to bounce back against Cape Town All Stars who has been in very good form for the past few weeks.

All Stars came at us from the very 1st minute with fast attacking play and quick passing  and we also didn't help our game by giving possession away far too many times and put ourselves under unnecessary pressure in critical areas.

The 1st goal of the game is always important as it gives the momentum to that team. We unfortunately conceded the 1st two goals of the game and found ourselves 2-0 down within a few minutes through some very unusual mistakes and individual errors in the midfield as well as the back.

The next goal was going to be crucial as it could determine the result of this game or whether we had a chnce of coming back. We managed to pull a goal back through Zwane and quickly found some confidence until half time. Missed opportunities was again our downfall as All stars would come back and punish us for those misses. There was only one team in the 2nd half and they managed to get a further 2 goals and condemn us to our 2nd consecutive loss for the season.

To say we were never in the game would be an understatement as we hardly caused them problems in their defending half. It was without a doubt a very dark day in this club history and my short coaching career by this humiliating result.

Wednesday's cup game gives us a breather from the league but also a very good chance to bring back the confidence with a victory vs Milano United at Chatsworth. The quicker we put the All Stars game behind us the quicker we can restore the morale and trust in each other and continue our fight for promotion. 

Another minor setback but we are still only 3 points behind the log leaders.


Vasco ga Gama vs Lamontville Golden Arrows

26 November 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Playing in Cape Town is always difficult as you need to adapt to a different playing style as well as weather conditions to endure.

Vasco came into the game with some indifferent form but we never underestimated the potential of a backlash. They started the game at a higher tempo the us and should have been a goal up within the 1st minute if not for the brilliance of our keeper, Max Mbaeva.

Once we found our rhythm and passing game, we quickly settled down and started to put more pressure on our opponents and creating a few opportunities to score. The windy conditions made it a bit tricky, which seemed to benefit them more than us.

Going into the half time break was the best result we  could have asked for, knowing that some of our players were not on top form and had moments of lapses of concentration. Finding solutions to the problems we encountered in the 1st half was priority and then also having more shots at their goal.

Going down 1-0 was never part of our plan, but once again the fighting spirit and character of my players showed why we are still contending for automatic promotion to the PSL.  Set plays have been an integral part of this team in scoring goals, and we again benefited from a free kick taken by Deon Hotto and Zukile Mkhize reacted quickest to a fumble by the Vasco keeper to get us the goal. The last 15 minutes was end to end stuff and missed opportunities by ourselves resulted in a hard fought 1-1 draw at Parow park.

Another KZN derby vs Thanda gives us the chance to keep that top spot and possibly extend the gap. Looking forward to seeing you all at Chatsworth on Sunday and come to support our boys.


Royal Eagles vs Golden Arrows

22 November 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Going into our 1st KZN derby vs Royal Eagles was always going to be a tough game.

We started the game really well by applying pressure in the right areas and even created a few clear opportunities to score.

Eagles had the upper hand in stages throughout the 1st half and that was expected as the home team they had to come with a more attacking approach.

Against the run of play we created the goal that we needed going into half time.

Playing against 10 players always seems to be harder than 11 as they had nothing to lose but keep playing their style of football.

Conceding from a set play, which in my opinion never was a free kick, was difficult to accept as we constantly train these things and a lapse of concentration cost us again.

Was a draw a fair result in the end? That is a question we can only answer come the end of the season when we look at the tally of points.

We have 2 more games against Vasco and Thanda in the next 6 days where we can bounce from the Eagles result, and that is the beauty of football.

Still proud of my players and the supporters that came out to Umlazi yesterday to support us.

Thanks and see you at the Thanda game next week.


Golden Arrows vs Maluti FET

08 November 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Another great team performance and emphatic win to keep our momentum going.

Going into this game we knew the importance of the victory as we needed to keep the top spot on the table and possible create a small gap between us and the rest of the chasing pack.

We started in the best possible way by scoring first through Sibeko but once again allowed the opposition a few shots on our goal and back into the game by not killing the game off.

Half time was the best thing that could have happened as we had to regroup and sort out some minor problems that was happening on the field.

We came out stronger in the 2nd half and showed our class by grabbing another 2 goals through Masoale and Vilikazi. Unfortunately we conceded again shortly after scoring through an own goal.

Leading by 1 goal was not the ideal score and were desperate to get another goal in order to have some breathing space. We had some anxious moments in the last 15mins but stood our ground and managed to get the victory through the our 4th goal by Mkhize to wrap up the match.

Scoring 8 goals in our last 2 games was very pleasing as we have struggled to find the back of the net in our previous 8 games.

We now have 2 weeks to prepare ourselves for our 1st KZN derby vs Royal Eagles on 22 November.

Once again thanks for the support today and hope to see you all at our next game.


Golden Arrows vs Baroka FC

29 Oct 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

We had another chance to put the disappointment of the Witbank Spurs result behind us with an improved performance against Baroka.

After starting the game a bit slow and conceding our first goal of the season, we showed our character by coming from behind twice.

The 2nd half we played without a doubt our best football thus far and got another 2 goals to go 4-2 up.

The game was also a great milestone for Teboho Masaole as he got a hat trick of goals.

This squad have shown over the past few weeks our resilience game after game and for me that needs to continue until we get automatic promotion.

We now have to go to Cape Town and get something out of the game, where we will be up against a tough Vasco on Sunday.

Once again thank you to our supporters that came out to boost the boys and keep the confidence on a high.


Golden Arrows vs Witbank Spurs

24 Oct 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Finding ourselves at the top of the log after our win against Ga Rankuwa was exactly what we have been working for.

But now we have to continue with the same work ethic and commitment that we have shown in our previous 7 games.

Witbank Spurs came to Chatsworth with only 1 thing in mind and that was to defend and go home with a draw.

It was a very frustrating game for our team and as we piled on the pressure and created a number of chances to wrap up the game but nothing would go in.

Not once did Witbank Spurs threaten our goal during the 90 minutes and unfortunately our dominance didn't get the just reward with the win.

We have to bounce back now against Baroka on Wednesday afternoon in another home game at Chatsworth.

Looking forward to the continous support from fans.


Golden Arrows vs Ga Rankuwa

18 Oct 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

The international break is never easy for any coach or club as it normally breaks your momentum.

We had 2 weeks to prepare for our game vs Garankuwa United and we're confident we can continue our fine form.

Home games are priority for our promotion and we started the game in the best possible way. Putting pressure on our opponent with our set plays and delivering crosses into the big box.

A long ball from Siyabonga Dube found Teboho Masaole compete with the defender and getting the keeper off his line was the luck we needed to result in our goal.

There were moments in the game where we had very good passes and patterns of play to create a few more chances. They are a playing team with trying to keep possession but we once again contained their attacks.

The 2nd half was an open affair as both teams attacked and left spaces in defense to be exploited. Our defending has been the rock of our previous games and we again showed our resilience by keeping another clean sheet.

Getting the points on the board and climbing the log is important for the club but we are still concerned about our lack of goals that has been eluding us for the past few games.

Witbank Spurs away next week will be another tough game but we are confident with the right approach and game plan, we can come away with a positive result.

Thanks for the support we got at Chatsworth yesterday and trust it will continue for the rest of the season.


JOMO COSMOS VS GOLDEN ARROWS

04 Oct 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Both teams went into this with a certain amount of confidence after picking up wins in their last game respectively.

It was a very scrappy game where both teams tried to play their normal passing game but the pitch was not making it possible to do so.

We managed to contain them and they quickly went to a long and direct way of play. We struggled to play our normal game and yet managed to get the attacking to create some half chances.

It definitely was a battle of former PSL teams and no one was prepared to lose this game.

For ourselves, it was a continuation of our last few games where we just could not manage to put the ball in goal after creating good chances to convert. Our defence stood rock solid again and gave us a platform to go and attack with freedom.

6 games played now in the NFD and the players have shown they are well capable of fighting for every point and make sure we go unbeaten for as long as possible.

We have a 2 week break now due to international games being played next weekend but for us it is more time to prepare for our next game vs GA-RANKUWA at Chatsworth.

We look forward to seeing all our fans at our next game and their support for the rest of the season.


Golden Arrows vs Santos

27 Sept 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

We went into the Santos game where our priority was still a win as we needed to keep our momentum and continue to build on what we started.

Knowing that we will encounter a good team with a lot of attacking power in Santos, we had to dictate the tempo of the game and also apply the pressure on them from the beginning.

We had very good passages of play with passing the ball around nicely and created a few opportunities in the first half. Containing their wingers from putting crosses into our box was important and dealt with them very well.

Getting the first goal of the game was critical as we needed to benefit from our domination. A free kick from Brandon Parusnath into the Santos box caused some problems as it was headed in by a Santos defender for an own goal.

The game gave our players more confidence and played with a lot more freedom and attacked at will. Missed opportunities was again the order of the day and hopefully we will soon capitalise on the chances we create.

Another 3 points in the bag and keeping our unbeaten run continues with the best positive being that we still have not conceded a goal in the NFD.

A tough away trip to Jomo Cosmos next week will be our next challenge and we will strive to keep pushing in our quest for automatic promotion.

Thanks for the support we got at Chatsworth from our loyal fans and trust it will be the same for the rest of the season.


Golden Arrows vs African Warriors

20 Sept 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Finally we got our 1st home win and the points we needed to climb up the table.

African Warriors was always going to pose a threat with their attacking players.

We started the game with a good tempo and fast attacking play. The goal coming from another set play early on in the game and once again we should have capitalised from very good counter attacks that was not converted.

The final 30 minutes was definitely something I would not like to experience again as we were under a lot of pressure and had defend with our lives to secure the 3 points.

The longer the score stayed at 1-0 they always had a chance of coming back. But my players showed resilience and determination to defend as a team.

Well done boys and now on to prepare for Santos next week Saturday at Chatsworth.

Thanks for the continous support from all our fans.


FC CAPE TOWN VS GOLDEN ARROWS

13 Sept 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Undefeated in our first 2 games was exactly the start we wanted even though we could not get maximum points in our last game at home vs Milano.

Going up against FC Cape Town, who got 7 points from their last 3 games, was always going to be a tough task as they were full of confidence.

We once again presented ourselves well with creating a few opportunities before half time and definitely could have had the lead through Sibeko who missed a great chance in front of goal.

We knew that this was going to be a physical encounter, as we picked up a few injuries that lead to forced changes at half time with Sithole being substituted and later Omar Hendricks leaving the field to get stitches after a collusion earlier in the game.

Missed opportunities was once the downfall of us not getting all the points in Cape Town but the positives continue to be that we are still unbeaten and yet to concede a goal.

A massive home game vs African Warriors next week where nothing less than 3 points will do as we need to get some points on the board to ensure we don't fall behind the front runners.

We have set ourselves a great foundation defensively, and now we need to start scoring goals in order to get more wins.

All your support will drive our team to forward amd improve game by game.

Thanks


Golden Arrows vs Milano FC

29 Sept 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

Our 1st NFD Home League game vs Milano Utd was always going to be a tough one.

We prepared well for this game and we're expecting a very physical encounter against the Cape side.
The foundation we put in place against Black Leopards was something to build on against Milano but the windy conditions also made it quite difficult to play our normal brand of football.
Milano came with a game plan and 1 point was priority for them. We tried our best creating opportunities to score and once again a lack of composure and calmness cost us all the points.
Having played the 2 toughest opponents in the league as our first two games and not conceding nor losing, we can be very optimistic with the future.
We have to continously work hard at our game and earn the right to every 3 points available when we enter the field of play.
FC Cape Town in 2 weeks will be a game where we can get back on track as far as getting more wins in the bag.
Thanks for the support


Black Leopards vs Golden Arrows

23 August 2014 - Shaun Bartlett

As we started our new campaign in the NFD with our 1st game vs Black Leopards in Thohoyandou,  it gave a very clear indication of how tough this season will be.

We had a game plan and our players executed it to perfection with a great team fighting spirit all of us can be proud of.
After starting the game a bit slow we found our rythm and started to pass the ball around nicely.

The goal came from a corner and that already made the technical team very happy as we have not scored from a set play for quite some time.
We had to defend with our lives and the players did exactly that. Throwing their bodies in front of every shot towards our goal.
Our organisation and compactness paid off and now we can look forward to our next league game vs Milano at Chatsworth next Saturday 30 August.

Hoping to see you at the game next week.