Tawa edged out by Wairarapa United
Tawa’s loss to Wairarapa United on Saturday wrapped up the toughest run you can have in Central League football, but Daniel Wood is still smiling.
The Tawa coach was frustrated after his side went down 2-1 at Redwood Park in a match they should have taken a point from.
The goalkeepers would have earned their teams’ man of the match plaudits.
After the visitors opened the scoring, Karl Romijn made it 1-1 before halftime. Wairarapa went 2-1 ahead with a headed strike from a corner and Tawa could not find the equaliser.
‘‘Wairarapa are a good side, but they probably have too many individuals,’’ Wood said.
‘‘We piled on the pressure in the second half and feel a bit aggrieved not to get a draw, but nothing went our way.
‘‘We’ve improved these past few weeks, despite what the results might say, and we are riddled with injuries.’’
Wood said several second-team players had stepped up and did not look out of place at Central League level.
The attitude and commitment to the team, always a mark of Tawa football, remained rock steady, he said.
The result means Tawa are on six points, five clear of bottom-placed Upper Hutt, who they beat 3-2 last month.
With the second round about to start, Wood said the priority would be to get points quickly and avoid an ugly relegation fight near the end of the season.
Western Suburbs did Tawa a favour by knocking over Upper Hutt 3-0 in the late kickoff at Maidstone Park on Saturday. Noah Billingsley nailed a double and Elliot Collier scored the other.
Wests are on 10 points, in sixth place in the table, but just two points behind third-placed Wairarapa.
Tawa’s Jamie Sharp hits a long pass to his strikers.