Tawa edged out by Wairarapa United

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: CAM MCINTOSH

Pin­point ac­cu­racy:

Tawa’s Jamie Sharp hits a long pass to his strik­ers.

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