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Solid effort . . . Meadowbank footballer Rea Wiebus in action against Timaru City at the Showgrounds last Sunday. PHOTO: DAVE NALDRETT

Meadowbank men’s coach Keith Roach says his side is working hard and improving, and a breakthrough win should not be far away.

The club’s rough start to the South Canterbury first division season continued with a 6-3 loss to Geraldine at the Showgrounds at the weekend.

Meadowbank actually started brightly, scoring goals through Sullivan Martin (two) and Andy Lane, but could not maintain that form for the whole game.

“We played nice football – we stroked it around and we did exactly what we wanted to do,” Roach said.

“We were actually leading at halftime, which was promising.”

Roach felt a “dubious” penalty awarded to Geraldine was a big turning point.

“It was a disappointing end to what was a promising afternoon, really.”

A relative lack of fitness also contributed to the loss, Roach believed.

“We obviously need to step up the fitness a bit more.”

Sixteen-year-old Flynn Reyntjes, who came off the bench, stood out for Roach.

“He worked well. He did what I asked him to do and that’s on top of him playing a full 90 minutes for the reserves as well.”

Despite the loss, Roach was confident the Meadowbank men would continue to improve and develop throughout the season.

“We’ve still got scope to improve, and we are improving every game. As long as the guys keep the attitude that they’ve got at the moment, we will get better.”

The Meadowbank women had a much more enjoyable day, sailing to a 16-0 win over Timaru City at the Showgrounds.

Due to shortage in numbers in the opposition, a few Meadowbank women played for the Timaru team.

Super boot Caitlan Lee was her usual prolific self, banging in seven goals, while the rest were shared among Louise Douglas, Rebecca Whittet, Aynsley Martin, Elizabeth Fountaine and Jessie Pendergrast.

Meadowbank women’s coach Chris Lynch was a proud man on the sideline as his team racked up another big win.

“The girls have been brilliant. Every game, we have pretty much controlled the game and had the majority of the ball.”

He had seen a huge development in the team since the season started, Lynch said.

“They’re playing nice football. They seem to be enjoying it and they seem to be trusting each other a lot as each week goes on.

“Each girl is getting more and more confident – I can see that.”

Both Meadowbank teams play Northern Hearts in Oamaru this weekend.