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Urban Warriors in numbers: Exploring the first half of the season

With the second half of the season almost upon us, let’s take a look at how the Urban Warriors fared during the opening five months of the GladAfrica Championship campaign.

Shaun Bartlett’s side collected 20 points from their 17 matches before the mid-season break, with a record of four wins, eight draws and five defeats.

After kicking things off with a goalless draw at home to Venda FC on August 22, we went six games before picking up our first three-point haul – a 2-0 success over Black Leopards at Athlone Stadium on October 3.

However, the boys were quickly brought back down to earth in their next outing, losing 6-1 away to Pretoria Callies – Spurs’ biggest defeat during the first half of 2021/22.

That sparked a five-match winless run for the club, which also included losses against University of Pretoria (4-2) and league leaders Richard Bay (2-1).

But we finished 2021 strongly with a five-game unbeaten sequence, having beaten TTM twice (4-0 away and 1-0 at home) as well as TS Sporting (2-1).

Bartlett will want to address the team’s form on the road when the league resumes after picking up one solitary win from seven fixtures on their travels before the turn of the year.

If just half of those had been turned into victories the Urban Warriors would be breathing down the necks of Richards Bay and JDR Stars at the top of the table.

Results for the first half of the season:

22/08 – Cape Town Spurs 0-0 Venda FC
28/08 – Polokwane City 2-0 Cape Town Spurs
12/09 – Jomo Cosmos 0-0 Cape Town Spurs
17/09 – Cape Town Spurs 0-1 Uthongathi
21/09 – Cape Town Spurs 1-1 Hungry Lions
25/09 – Free State Stars 0-0 Cape Town Spurs
03/10 – Cape Town Spurs 2-0 Back Leopards
17/10 – Pretoria Callies 6-1 Cape Town Spurs
24/10 – Cape Town Spurs 0-0 Platinum City Rovers
27/10 – University of Pretoria 4-2 Cape Town Spurs
31/10 – Cape Town Spurs 1-1 Cape Town All Stars
07/11 – Cape Town Spurs 1-2 Richards Bay
21/11 – TTM 0-4 Cape Town Spurs
28/11 – Cape Town Spurs 1-1 JDR Stars
05/12 – Cape Town Spurs 2-1 TS Sporting
11/12 – Hungry Lions 0-0 Cape Town Spurs
19/12 – Cape Town Spurs 1-0 TTM