Meadowbank United took a much need 5-2 win over Timaru City A at the Showgrounds on Saturday.
Bank’s season had been faltering with five losses this term but Simon Willetts’ side exploited Timaru’s lack of defensive pace with braces from Michael Stevens at Matt Haywood followed by a goal from Mitchell Greaney.
Willetts said he was pleased with his side’s performance and hopes the win will bring confidence to his players for their upcoming fixture against West End A on Saturday.
“Our team talk was basically that this is the start of a new round and we need to start winning,” he said.
“We played some good football and utilised our speed upfront, some of the younger fellas are getting that confidence about them, but West End will be tough.”
Meadowbank Reserves also picked up a win in a convincing 4-1 victory over Timaru City Reserves at Milner Park.
Meadowbank got off to strong start, netting four times in the first half with Paul Holmes keeping his cool while one-on-one with the goal keeper for the first.
Holmes turned provider for the second with a perfectly weighted cross for Logan van Rooy to smash home before Raymond Wiebus killed off the tie with Bank’s third goal.
Holmes completed his brace on the stroke of half time for a 4-0 lead.
The second half saw Timaru City play with more determination and cohesion with Craig Flowers finding the net from a well taken free kick for a consolation goal.
Meadowbank First XI will take on West End A this weekend while the reserves travel to Pleasant Point.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Riku Koyama rides a challenge against Timaru City A and the Showground on Saturday.