Good spirits and a positive attitude could not prevent a loss for the Meadowbank men’s footballers at the weekend.
Meadowbank was beaten 4-0 by Pleasant Point.
The Oamaru club began brightly before letting its guard down and giving the opposition the upper hand.
Meadowbank coach Keith Roach was disappointed with how the game played out.
“We basically dominated the opening couple minutes of the game,” he said.
Ground conditions were “marginal”, he said, and both sides were slipping and sliding along the playing field.
Roach believed Meadowbank needed to improve its defensive structure if it was to get back on track.
“We need to get our defence strategy right – we’re getting caught out of place too many times,” he said.
Meadowbank did have chances to find the net, Roach said.
“We created numerous chances, and Sullivan Martin was unlucky not to score a couple, actually.
“We just couldn’t buy a goal.”
player James Hutchinson, who played for the first division side at the weekend, put in an industrious shift, Roach said.
It was also an unfortunate weekend for the Meadowbank women, who were beaten 3-1 by top-of-the-table West End.
Meadowbank machine Caitlan Lee managed to score a goal at the start of the second half but that was the only highlight for the Meadowbank women.
Despite the loss, coach Chris Lynch believed it might have been Meadowbank’s best performance of the season.
“They were amazing – it was just a pleasure to watch.”
Lynch felt his side was getting better every week,.
The Meadowbank reserves completed a rough weekend, in terms of results, with a 5-2 loss to Pleasant Point.
All Meadowbank teams will head to Timaru this weekend.
The first division men play Roncalli-Thistle, the women play Northern Hearts, and the reserves play Thistle.