Tawa closely avoids relegation
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.