Cambridge got their return to Northern League off to a magnificent start with an 8-0 win by their reserves against Ngongotaha.
Striker Adam Brady continued his goal-a-game pre-season run with four goals while Andrew Taylor – the only player from Cambridge’s last Northern League campaign six years ago – celebrated his return with a brace.
Alex Mukaka and Jonaothan Sanchez grabbed the other goals.
Playing their first match of the season, Cambridge started with high tempo play and raced to a 3-0 lead within 25 minutes.
Taylor settled the nerves with a well-taken goal from an angle after only six minutes before Brady doubled the lead in the 13th minute, calmly beating the ‘keeper within a one-on-one opportunity.
Taylor notched his team’s third goal in the 24th minute.
Brady repeated his earlier effort with another well-taken one-on-one in the 34th minute to send the Reds into half-time with a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Ngongotaha came out for the second spell with renewed effort an held out the visitors until the 61st minute when Sanchez scored as the rain poured across the Stembridge Road ground.
With 20 minutes to go, Brady clinched his hat-trick and a few minutes later, Mukaka found the net.
As the clock ran down, and Cambridge were content to dominate possession, Brady slotted another past the approaching ‘keeper to get his fourth of the day.
While Brady and Taylor’s goalscoring efforts took the attention, the side can also be pleased with its clean sheet and the way it patiently built from the back, with many moves starting with captain Dehein Hindley.
Coach Mike Taylor said he was delighted with the first-up performance, especially as the team is relatively young and playing at this level at this level for the first time.
Cambridge coach Mike Taylor was pleased with his team’s performance, especially as it’s a young side.
“We’re only going to improve,” he said.
Images courtesy of Cambridge FC’s Josh Easby.
John Kerkhof Park, March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)
Reserves v Claudelands Rovers, 12.30pm
Firsts v Claudelands Rovers, 3pm