It's helter skelter as Rovers midfielder Sho Goto (No 7) tries to drill a shot past Wanderers player Jorge Akers (No 19) in Napier. Photo / Paul Taylor
"Havelock North have certainly earned our respect today and if the season hadn't gone this way they would have been more comfortable," said the centreback of the Ethan Dent-captained side who he felt had made incremental improvements throughout the season.
"They have become a much more difficult side to beat so they've earned respect from myself and, I'm sure, some of our other players as well," he said.
The league crown contenders play Lower Hutt City away at Petone Park on Saturday next week before finishing their campaign a fortnight later in hosting Wairarapa United on Saturday, August 18, in the league's bid to ensure all games finish on the same day.
The Blues maintain their three-point lead after defending champions Advanced Electrical Western Suburbs, sitting in second place, came from 1-0 down to beat Stop Out Sports Club 2-1 with the winner coming a minute into added time.
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