Tawa closely avoids rel­e­ga­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa may have suf­fered a 5-2 loss to Cen­tral League lead­ers Mi­ra­mar Rangers on Satur­day, but they are safe from rel­e­ga­tion.

The team can look for­ward to 2012 in top-flight foot­ball.

Af­ter be­ing down 4-0 at the break, Tawa showed great char­ac­ter to come back in the sec­ond half, with Todd Pain­ter scor­ing a dou­ble. The loss keeps them sec­ond-bot­tom but Palmer­ston North Marist lost to Napier City Rovers, and the seven-point gap is enough to keep Tawa up, as there are just two games re­main­ing.

Coach Richie Martin says while it’s dis­ap­point­ing to lose their last home game of the year, he paid tribute to a faster and more ‘‘pol­ished’’ Mi­ra­mar side, who look favourites to re­tain their ti­tle.

‘‘We gave away two or three goals be­cause of de­fen­sive er­rors, just in­di­vid­ual things that cost us dearly.

‘This is the best team we’ve played all year.’’

Wests, mean­while, main­tained third spot af­ter a 1-1 draw with Olympic.

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