No joy for the district
Tawa and Western Suburbs were handed footballing lessons in the Central League on Saturday.
Suburbs were hammered 6-0 by Petone at Memorial Park, while Tawa found league leaders Wairarapa United too tough to handle at Redwood, going down 3-0. Tawa coach Maarten Romijn said conceding an early goal didn’t help, but they fought back well in the first period of play.
‘‘We were only a goal behind at half-time, but they scored two early on in the second half and the game was over, really. Wairarapa are a very strong side but I thought we played better than our previous game [ a 4- 0 loss away to Napier City Rovers]. We created a lot more but there were individual errors out there.’’
It makes two losses in a row for Tawa, following their excellent 3-1 victory over Miramar Rangers on Anzac Day. Romijn says injuries and absences are still affecting their squad but he is confident they can improve on their second-to-bottom placing in the league.
‘‘It’s been tough but I just think it’s a matter of getting some confidence back. The guys played reasonably well [on Saturday] and we just need to continue to fight hard and put our chances away, especially against some of the lower-ranked teams we’ve still to play.’’
Wests have dropped to sixth in the standings on seven points, three spots above Tawa (three points). Wairarapa (13 points) already have a four-point cushion on the chasing pack.
This week the league action takes a break, with round one of the Chatham Cup underway. Wests are away against Stop Out, while Tawa host Upper Hutt.