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Dickens goal lifts Baroka out of drop zone

Maritzburg United's torrid run of form continued on Saturday evening as a first-half goal by Jemondre Dickens fired Baroka FC to a 1-0 victory at Harry Gwala Stadium.

The hosts went into the encounter aiming to end a seven-match winless streak in the Absa Premiership, while Baroka were looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to league leaders Bidvest Wits. However, in a match short of any real goalscoring chances, it was Dickens's goal in first-half stoppage time that proved the difference on the night.

The match started at a modest tempo, with neither side willing to commit too many men in attack early on. And, with neither side showing a cutting edge in front of goal, it was destined to be a low-scoring affair.

However, after firing a warning shot at the Maritzburg defence in the 42nd minute, Dickens eventually broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time. The ball was whipped in towards the edge of danger area, where an unmarked Dickens rose up to head the bal into the bottom right corner.

There was an improvement from both sides after the half-time break, but neither side could find the all-important cutting edge in front of goal.

Baroka had an opportunity to add to their tally in the 54th, but Goodman Mosele fired straight into the grateful arms of Maritzburg keeper Richard Ofori.

At the opposite end of the pitch, meanwhile, Maritzburg's best chance of the half fell to Fortune Makaringe in the 74th minute, but his left-footed volley was saved well by Baroka keeper Elvis Chipezeze.

The result sees Baroka shoot up to 12th place in the Premiership standings with 14 points, while Maritzburg slip down to the foot of the table as they remain on 11 points.