Confidence key for Meadowbank

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Meadowbank United is in a prime spot to claim the reserve grade title following the end of the first round of the South Canterbury football league.

Meadowbank is unbeaten after five games and tops the standings on 15 points, three clear of Northern Hearts.

The Oamaru club has scored 19 goals this season and only conceded three. It has the reserve grade’s tightest defence, and ranks second on attack behind Hearts, who have found the back of the net an impressive 26 times in only four games.

Meadowbank’s most recent win, 4-0 over Timaru City at the Oamaru Showgrounds last Saturday, capped off what had been an impressive showing from the club so far, coach Karl Burke said.

Logan van Rooy scored twice, Reece Curle bagged one and there was an own goal.

“We were very pleased. We controlled the ball a lot better. In the game before, against West End, we didn’t play how we had been training – holding the ball and passing where we could. We kept the ball and didn’t try to rush anything.”

Burke said there was a lot of confidence around the squad heading into round two of the league and the South Canterbury Cup, which Meadowbank holds.

“There is confidence, yes, against most of the teams there. There was a round of games where we would have played Hearts that was cancelled, so we haven’t had the chance to test our mettle against them yet but that will be coming and we are certainly looking forward to that.

“They’re the other team that’s shown a good run of form and are undefeated.”

Meadowbank has a league bye this weekend. It was scheduled to open its cup campaign in Oamaru on Saturday but Timaru City defaulted earlier this week.

Meadowbank will next be in action when it visits Pleasant Point on May 27.

Meanwhile, the Meadowbank women’s side also remains unbeaten.

It thrashed Timaru City 8-1 on Sunday with Caitlan Lee and Aynsley Martin each scoring four goals.

The competition leaders have scored 25 goals in four games with Lee (12) and Martin (10) scoring 22 of those. Meadowbank women play Thistle/Roncalli in Timaru on Sunday.