Waitakere in the box seat

Last updated 05:00 03/02/2013

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Waitakere United are within touching distance of domestic football's regular season title with a 3-2 away win over Auckland City yesterday.

The result puts the West Aucklanders 10 points clear at the top of the table, though their rivals have a game in hand.

United have three games left of the regular season while City, with four, can catch them mathematically.

Today, all six other teams are in action. Otago host Hawke's Bay in an encounter which should see the visitors take the points, reinforce their third position on the table, and keep the pressure on Auckland in the probable race for second.

Otago, with only two wins from 10 games, would likely settle for a point to avoid the wooden spoon.

Elsewhere, another team with two wins from 10, Waikato, face a tough trip to Christchurch to face fourth-placed Canterbury.

Manawatu play Wellington and will again look to claw their way out from finishing the season dead last.

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