Ready to roll . . . Meadowbank reserves footballer Jacob Willetts gets around a Northern Hearts footballer in the game at the Showgrounds last Saturday. PHOTO: DAVE NALDRETT

Meadowbank United finally has some reward for all its hard work.

The Oamaru club fought out a 2-2 draw with Northern Hearts at the Showgrounds last Saturday, claiming its first point of the season after four consecutive losses.

Coach Keith Roach said it was a performance driven by hard work, commitment and determination.

“Finally, we played the way that I expected them to play and the way I knew they could play.

“I was a lot happier after the game because of the effort they put out there.”

Jeremy Ferguson scored the opening goal for Meadowbank 24 minutes into the game, and scores were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Club identity Andy Lane grabbed Meadowbank’s second in the 83rd minute.

Central midfielder Ben Morris was the player of the day for Roach.

“He’s been consistent all season and this game was no different. He just ran himself into the ground.”

Roach’s highlight was seeing his players working hard together as a team.

“They worked as a team and they never dropped their heads.”

“Every one of them worked to the plan that was set. They all did their jobs, they all worked for each other and they never gave up.”

Meadowbank’s reserve team drew 1-1 with Northern Hearts, but the Meadowbank women did not get a game as they were defaulted to by Hearts.

The Meadowbank men play Timaru City in Timaru this weekend, and the women are away to Roncalli-Thistle.Sports ShoesSneakers