Meadowbank United suffered a disappointing start to the South Canterbury Senior Football Competition, losing 3-0 to Timaru City on Saturday.
The Bank were slow to get going, which proved costly, as Timaru City scored a couple of quick goals to go 2-0 up.
City continued to applied pressure to the Meadowbank side and capitalised on some sloppy passing made by the visiting outfit from Oamaru.
Meadowbank United assistant coach Darrell White said it was hard for the side with just 11 players.
“We should have done better with the side we had, but disruptions with players and coaches being away played their part and from the outset we just struggled to get into the match.”
Sharing a bench with the reserve side was hard, meaning they got some players who had to back up.
White said the result was a bit disappointing knowing if the side competed they could have taken away the points.
“We didn’t play badly, just started slowly. They only scored one goal in the second half off a perfectly executed free kick which hit the top corner of the net, so we can’t do much about that.
“We manned up much better in the second half, which was pleasing.”
The side were not going to get too worked up about the result, with White wanting to focus on what was ahead of them.
“Our execution was a little off. Passes were just not quite finding the man and they pounced on any loose ball.”
The side are looking forward to the rematch later in the season, with White confident they can get the desired result.
Meadowbank United face a tough task this weekend taking on defending champions the Northern Hearts.
“We just want to turn up and play our best. If we win, it’s fine. If we don’t, then that’s fine too. We just want to show them we are here to compete,” said White.
Meanwhile, in the earlier game, the Meadowbank reserve side had a strong 7-2 win against Timaru City B.
By BRAYDEN LINSAY
PHOTO: JULIE COLLINGS
TIGHT TUSSLE: Meadowbank United’s Tim Willetts, right, tussles with a Timaru City opponent in their side’s 3-0 loss in Timaru on Saturday.