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Royal battle . . . Meadowbank player Blake King looks to get the ball away from a Pleasant Point attacker during the game in Pleasant Point last weekend. PHOTO: DAVE NALDRETT

Unfortunately for the Meadowbank men’s football team, good weather was not matched by a sunny result on the playing field last weekend.

Although the players went to work against their opponents, their efforts could not quite cut it and they were thrashed 7-0 by Pleasant Point.

Despite the loss, coach Keith Roach believed the team had improved since its previous game.

“The boys are trying – it’s just that we need to piece it together for 90 minutes.”

Roach said it was a clean and “well played” game.

“There’s no excuses there. We just didn’t get the ball and to be honest, at times we didn’t deserve it.”

Club stalwart Sullivan Martin stood out as player of the day for Roach.

“He worked himself hard all afternoon. He did the job that I asked him to do and he did it well.

“It’s all too easy to look at the negatives when you’re down the bottom so we need to start focusing on the positives and work on those.

“We’ve got to keep our heads up and we’ll keep going.”

It was not a complete loss for the club, however.

The women’s team pulled a win out of the bag, beating Pleasant Point 6-5.

Pleasant Point started well, racing to a 3-0 lead.

But the Meadowbank women did not drop their heads, and after Rea Wiebus scored a lovely goal, a second from Louise Douglas and a Pleasant Point own goal levelled the scores.

It was a similar story in the second half.

Pleasant Point went ahead again with two goals, but Rebecca Whittet, Elizabeth Fountaine and Douglas ensured the lead was short-lived.

“The girls are playing brilliantly,” Meadowbank coach Chris Lynch said.

“Just to hear them talk and to hear them encourage each other – it’s obviously good when you can hear them encouraging each other.”

Over the weeks, he had also noticed the women putting more trust into each other.

Both Meadowbank teams play West End in Oamaru this weekend.