Skill shows on rainy day

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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

leav­ing Maycen­vale

play­ers in his wake as he set off on an­other run.

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