Meadowbank United got their stuttering season back on track on Saturday, with a much-needed 3-2 win over Mountainview FC in Timaru.
The Bank have only registered two wins to date so far this season and their third victory on Saturday has them remaining in touch with the top four.
They are in sixth spot, and a point behind fifth-placed Timaru City A.
Meadowbank United captain Simon Willetts said it was a great result.
“It was absolutely awesome getting the points away from home. We were about done on our feet but the players hung in there and got us home.”
The side was missing a couple of key players, but worked with the squad they had.
“I thought everyone in the squad did a fantastic job out there and helped pull the side through,” Willetts said.
Meadowbank showed their intention of wanting to attack from the beginning, with an early break-out goal.
Mountainview replied but the Bank had answers of their own and scored a further goal, before claiming another late in the fixture.
While the win wasn’t pretty, Willetts said his team would happily take the points.
“It wasn’t vintage football from us but we won; that’s the main thing.
“It was a game away from home we had targeted to win. We knew if we played well, we could get the points and we managed to do just enough, but I’m happy,” Willetts said.
The goal-scorers for Meadowbank were Matt Haywood, who bagged a double, and Jai Narayan, also found the back of the net.
Willetts said the side would take it easy at training this week to make sure the niggles from the weekend recovered sufficiently.
“We take on Thistle A at the weekend, which is another must-win game. We know they have been struggling a bit with numbers, but are confident we can beat them,” Willetts said.
Meanwhile, the Meadowbank Reserves maintained second place on the ladder, with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Northern Hearts B in Timaru.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY