Meadowbank look for lengthy cup run

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Meadowbank United will kick off their South Canterbury Cup campaign against West End B in Timaru tomorrow.

The Bank ended their league season in fifth place following a 3-1 loss to champions Northern Hearts at the Oamaru Showgrounds last weekend.

Simon Willets’ side adopted a more conservative 4-5-1 formation, with the hope of containing the unbeaten Hearts, and were impressive for much of the tie.

Willetts said he would be sticking with the same formation and was confident of progressing to the next round.

“We’re probably going to go for the 4-5-1 formation again. That didn’t seem to work too badly against Hearts,” he said.

“They’re (West End B) a relatively strong side but we should be able to win that.”

The first team will welcome some reserve team players in an attempt to freshen up the squad, but will miss Jai Narayan, as the pacy winger is unavailable for the second time in as many weeks.

“We’ve had a bit of a changearound, with four or five guys coming up from the reserves and some other guys going down, just to mix things up a little bit but we can’t reveal too much,” said Willetts.

“He’s (Jai Narayan) one of our speed demons. He does create a lot of havoc, so we’ll miss him, but we’ve got Paul Homes back and Mitchell Greaney, so hopefully they can provide some flare.”

The First XI will kick off at 1pm in Timaru at West End while the reserve side take on Timaru City B at the Caledonian Grounds at 2pm.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Simon Willetts is confident Meadowbank can progress to the next round of the South Canterbury Cup.