No joy for the dis­trict

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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