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Students draw with People's Team 02/06/04
Both Santos and Wits lost ground on their quest to finish in the top two of the league after they played out to a 1-1 draw in a Castle Premiership game played at the Bidvest Stadium on Wednesday night.

The game may have lacked somewhat in quality, but it did not lack in action as both sides gave their all as they went in search of the three points on offer.

Santos fielded a largely changed side from the team that played in the CAF Cup against King Faisel Babes last weekend, with only three players being retained from that game.

Wits took the lead as early as the third minute when Santos keeper Brendan Wardle failed to hold a cross and the ball fell to Ivan Winstanley, who, from an acute angle, did well to guide his shot past a number of Santos defenders on the goal line.

In the 8th minute Gareth Devine came close to doubling the lead for the home side when his shot from the left hand side of the area flashed across the face of Wardle's goal.

During the opening 20 minutes the game lacked in flowing football as both teams struggled to hold onto the ball.

In the 27th minute Tyren Arendse put the score back on level terms when he ran onto a through ball and expertly slotted it past the on-rushing Wits keeper Jacob Mokhasi.

A minute later Marawaan Bantam had a good chance to give the Cape side the lead, but his shot from the edge of the area flew straight at Mokhasi.

Thokozani Xaba went on a good run in the 41st minute, turning inside Neil Winstanley as he entered the 18-yard box, but Mokhasi did well to come off his line in time to stop the Santos striker from getting a clean shot at goal.

The team's went into the break deadlocked at one goal a-piece.

In the second half both teams came out in an attacking frame of mind as they created chances as they went in search of a goal.

Ivan Winstanley came close for the hosts in the 52nd minute when his curling shot went marginally wide of Wardle's left hand upright.

In the 62nd minute Wits strung a good move together down the right flank, but substitute Patrick Mtawali was unable to deliver a quality cross at the end of it.

By this stage of the game the home side were starting to take control and seven minutes later Regan Noble came close for the Clever Boys when his dipping shot from the edge of the area flew just over the crossbar, while Alois Bunjira should have done better with a close range shot just seconds later.

Arendse had a rare chance for the visitors when Thembile Kanono set him up inside the box, but the former let the ball bounce before volleying well wide of the target.

In the 80th minute Wardle gave his coach, Boebie Solomons, a moment's worry when he dropped a cross, but fortunately the ball just eluded Wits midfielder Benson Mhlongo.

Noble came desperately close to scoring in the 82nd minute when he picked up a loose ball and fired goalwards, only for Wardle to touch the ball onto the bar.

Despite five minutes of injury time being added on, neither side was able to fashion any late chances.

The result sees the People's Team move above Moroka Swallows into fifth place, while Roger da Sa's men stay in third position.

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