Meadowbank United are set set to lock horns with the club’s reserve side in the next round of the South Canterbury Cup, after both teams recorded victories in Timaru at the weekend.
The Meadowbank United premier side won 2-1 against West End B, while the reserves had a comprehensive 6-0 win over Timaru City B.
Bank player coach Simon Willetts said the result was pleasing, but this weekend’s battle would be interesting.
“We are happy to get the win, considering we had a slow start and came from 1-0 down at half-time.
“However, it’s not an ideal scenario having to play your reserve side, but we will get on with it and come out 100 per cent ready on Saturday.”
It was a slow start from the Bank and losing striker Michael Stevens to a red card after just 16 minutes didn’t help the team.
“It changed how we played slightly, but they also lost a man to a red card as well for retaliation, so it helped,” Willetts said.
The battle between the sides continued as West End B and Bank played the remaining 74 minutes of the game with 10 men.
Meadowbank went into the break trailing 1-0, but remained confident they could claim a victory.
“We came out in the second half and grabbed control of the game and from here managed to score a couple of goals, which gave us the win,” Willetts said.
A pleasing factor for the side was the play from the four reserve side players, who made the step up.
“They all went really well and produced a high work rate and showed they can be called upon when required.”
Paul Holmes, up from the reserve side, scored Meadowbank’s first goal before Jonathan Fisher Hewitt scored the second late in the second half.
Saturday’s game will kick off at 2pm at the Oamaru Showgrounds, with the winner progressing to the next round of the South Canterbury Cup.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY