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HERENTALS completed a second half to score three goals for a big win against basement side Tenax in a Castle Lager Premiership draw at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

This victory allowed Herentals to maintain their good run in the league in which they have not known defeat in the last six matches.

The visitors showed plenty of verve from the kick-off and their dominance saw Lancelot Chakuamba’s shot go just over the crossbar on the quarter-hour mark. Their probing finally paid off in the 38th minute, with skipper Malvern Dumbura pushing them ahead with a superb header.

However, the visitors’ dominance and lead proved temporary as the home side got into the rhythm in the second half with Archmore Majarira leveling things with a simple corner kick from Denzel Chimwemwe.

The equalizer appeared to give them more confidence going forward as they were awarded a 56th-minute penalty after referee Victor Phiri ruled Archmore Majarira had been illegally brought down in the penalty area while he was preparing to shoot. His brother, Brighton, came forward to take the penalty and he made no mistake, sending the keeper the wrong way.

Substitute John Zhuwawo then scored the insurance goal, planting a downward header into the net from a corner by fellow substitute Collins Mujuru.

The win lifted Herentals to fifth in the Logs standings with 39 points after 25 rounds of matches, while Tenax remained second from bottom with a meager 21 points.

Tenax coach Shadreck Magurasave was disappointed with the result.

“I am very disappointed with the performance of the whole team. I can’t name one department in particular, we didn’t play well and concede weak goals. We will have to work hard and I am sure we will have a good game in our next game against ZPC,” he said.

Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva was pleased with the response.

“Three points are very important for us. We started slowly, in attack, there was a bit of complacency among my boys. But Tenax relied on counterattacks and got their goal with a free kick. It was a wake-up call for us and we played well in the second half, we improved and scored three goals. If they can continue like this, they can be invincible. They respond to all situations and I’m happy for them,” he said.

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Angela C. Hale