Meadowbank United lost out 4-3 to West End A on a rough surface in Timaru on Saturday.
Bank had downed Timaru City A 5-2 in their last outing but West End’s tactics of starving the Oamaru side of possession paid off.
Meadowbank started positively with Simon Willetts, in an unfamiliar midfield role, opening the scoring thanks to the well positioned official to see the ball narrowly cross the line.
West End’s Danny Cambell levelled the score before completing his brace on the stroke of half time.
In the second half, Matt Haywood levelled the score for the visitors but West End took the lead again through Kenny Cox before his brother Danny killed off the tie.
Ryan Puller netted Meadowbank’s third but could not reign the Timaru side in.
Willetts said his team made it difficult for themselves but looked menacing going forward.
“The ground was terrible,” he said.
“But that’s the same for both sides, they had control of 70 per cent of the game.
“We made it hard for ourselves but when we did break forward we caused them problems but we were on the back foot for most of it.”
The Bank skipper said his side will now look ahead to next weekend’s clash with Mountainview.
“They’ve (Mountainview) come on leaps and bounds, obviously they’ll be super fit but they’ve got to be one of our target teams that we want to beat,” said Willetts.
By JAMES FORD