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Clean sweep . . . Meadowbank reserves player Jacob Willetts keeps the ball away from Roncalli-Thistle reserve players in Timaru last weekend. PHOTO: DAVE NALDRETT

Finally, a victory.

The Meadowbank men’s first division team has claimed a win for the first time this season.

The Oamaru club continued its resurgence with a 2-0 win over Timaru City in a bottom-of-the-table clash in Timaru last weekend.

“We went up there with a positive attitude, thinking this is our chance,” Meadowbank coach Keith Roach said.

“Despite us not playing as well as we did the week before, we managed to do the job.”

Timaru City had the better of the first half, but after a bit of a shake-up at halftime, Meadowbank took control of the game.

Centreback John Easton scored the first goal 56 minutes into the game.

Sullivan Martin made it 2-0 in the 83rd minute to secure the three points.

“Once we scored the first goal, the confidence levels went up,” Roach said.

Due to his hard work on the field, Easton was the player of the day for Roach.

Despite the win, the coach did not feel satisfied with the performance of the team.

“It was just a little bit disappointing from a coach’s point of view that our standard of play slipped,” he said.

“It was a win, a scrappy win if you like, but it all helps us for the competence of the boys.”

He said he had seen a big improvement in the team’s fitness over the last few weeks.

“There’s always room to maintain and improve.”

Meadowbank’s reserve team was also victorious, posting a 4-3 win over the Roncalli-Thistle reserves.

Dan Turbucz led the Oamaru side with two goals.

The high-flying Meadowbank women were held to a 2-2 draw by Roncalli-Thistle.

Prolific scorer Caitlan Lee opened the scoring for the Meadowbank women, but the South Canterbury club made it 1-1 at halftime.

Aynsley Martin gave Meadowbank a 2-1 lead, but again Roncalli-Thistle equalised.

Coach Chris Lynch felt the Meadowbank women played well.

“It took them a little bit to get into it but they got into it.”

It was hard for him to highlight a player of the day because they all worked hard, he said.

The South Canterbury Cup starts this weekend.

The Meadowbank first division men play Roncalli-Thistle in Timaru, and the reserves play Hearts. The women have a first-round bye.