Spark­ing Wests share top spot

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Tawa AFC and Western Sub­urbs have had con­trast­ing starts to the new Cen­tral League sea­son.

Af­ter two rounds, Wests are un­beaten, with a 4-1 shel­lack­ing of Welling­ton United on April 14 fol­lowed by a 5-0 win over Maycen­vale in Hast­ings on Sun­day. They join Pe­tone on six points at the top of the ta­ble.

Tawa, mean­while, have con­ceded nine goals in their first two en­coun­ters, 5-0 to Lower Hutt on April 14 and 4-2 to Olympic at Red­wood on Satur­day.

Their bril­liant win over Olympic in the final of the Hil­ton Pe­tone pre-sea­son tour­na­ment is now a dis­tant mem­ory for new coach Maarten Romijn.

‘‘It’s been dis­ap­point­ing, a tough start to the sea­son for us,’’ he says. In­juries, sus­pen­sion and the ab­sence of key play­ers such as Todd Painter and Scott Cameron have not helped their cause, and Romijn is ex­pect­ing to lose one or two oth­ers over­seas soon.

‘‘We have a very good squad, we find it more dif­fi­cult to re­cruit like other teams might do, but we have ex­cel­lent play­ers com­ing out of Tawa Col­lege and there is a good base lo­cally. Only one of our squad is over 30 and the sec­ond team have had a good start in Cap­i­tal 1, so there is depth and abil­ity there.

‘‘Ev­ery game at this level is hard but we have shown we are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any team on the day and I’m aim­ing for at least top four.’’

There is a full round of Cen­tral League ac­tion to­mor­row (An­zac Day), with Wests tak­ing on the pow­er­ful Wairarapa United at En­deav­our Park, and Tawa host­ing Mi­ra­mar Rangers at Red­wood.

Games kick off at 2.30pm.

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