Skill shows on rainy day
Western Suburbs have moved into second in the Central League standings after an entertaining 4-3 win over Maycenvale on Saturday.
The football match, played in steady rain at Endeavour Park in Whitby, had a high skill level, both teams attacking at every opportunity.
Maycenvale controlled the opening exchanges, but it was the home side who scored first, on their first foray forward. Lively left wing Connor Tinnion, a standout in the difficult conditions, made room for himself out wide and put the ball on a plate for Josh Chettleburgh at the far post.
Although Maycenvale replied soon after, Michael Fraser was put free and beat the advancing goalkeeper with about 30 minutes gone. In the second half, Fraser scored again and Tinnion capped his day with a strike to take the three points.
Wests are solid at the back, and with their pacy midfield and likely forwards, they have carved a steady six win, five loss, one draw record this season with a rebuilt team. The likes of Chettleburgh and Matt Wilson provide experience, while Tinnion and Ryan Cain are examples of youth coming through.
Under the tutelage of Shane Rufer, Wests played an up-tempo style, and he was glad to get the three points from Maycenvale.
‘‘We had the draw against Miramar and lost to Napier City Rovers in the last two weeks, but we’ve been been playing the best we have. It needs to have been better results-wise, but if we continue the way we’re going, eliminate the individual and defensive errors, we’re going to have a good finish to the season,’’ Rufer says. ‘‘It’s a tough league, anyone can beat anyone and I think it might go down to the wire.’’
Lower Hutt City drew 3-3 with Miramar in the only other Central League match of the weekend, due to Chatham Cup fixtures.
It means Wests are up into second on 19 points, five behind Rangers, although Olympic and Wairarapa (both 17 points) have a game in hand.
Bright spark: Wests’ Connor Tinnion, in red, was a constant menace down the left, often
players in his wake as he set off on another run.