Meadowbank United’s season has gone from bad to worse after taking an 8-0 hiding from Northern Hearts at Aorangi Park in Timaru on Saturday.
After the 3-0 opening day defeat to Timaru City A, the Bank have now conceded 11 and failed to find the net so far this term.
In stark contrast, Northern Hearts are sitting at the table’s summit with two wins from two and a goal difference of 17 following their 9-0 mauling of Thistle A in round one.
Hearts looked well organised and authoritative from the outset, dominating the midfield, while spreading the play to both flanks well.
The Oamaru side had no answers and often looked fraught in possession, failing to create space in the middle of the park and eventually buckled under the continual pressure.
Following the opener, Hearts continued to punish the visitors and the result, in truth, could have been far worse with the wood work coming to Meadowbank’s aid on more than one occasion.
The young side did show snippets of creativity but an end product failed to materialise in the last third due to a lack of support when counter attacking.
Simon Willetts’ side will now look to ignite their campaign against Thistle A at Anzac Square following the disappointing loss.
“We just need to work on linking our passes and retaining that ball,” he said.
“When we break we all need to push up.
“They (Northern Hearts) were very organised, they had a lot of speed and there’s some areas where we were lacking strength wise, we have pace up front but weren’t breaking fast enough.”
Thistle A vs Meadowbank United, Anzac Square, 2.45pm.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Meadowbank skipper Jonathan Fisher retains possession during his side’s 8-0 loss on Saturday.