Six-year wait comes to an end on Good Friday

Cambridge hosts its first Northern League fixture in six years when local rivals Claudelands Rovers visit John Kerkhof Park for a double header of games.

The clubs’ reserves teams kick off at 12.30pm before the Reds face Rovers in their NRFL second division match at 3pm.

Despite being Waikato rivals, the first teams of the two clubs have not met in competition for more than five years.

Until 2012, Cambridge were in the Northern League while Claudelands competed in WaiBOP Federation 1 (now the WaiBOP Premiership).

When Cambridge were relegated, the club opted to drop into Federation 2 (now the WaiBOP Championship) while Rovers then won their own promotion to the Northern League.

The Reds go into Friday’s matches on the back of strong wins at Ngongotaha in last week’s opening round.

Cambridge reserves beat Ngongotaha’s second string 8-0 while the first team powered to a 5-2 win in wet conditions.

Rovers reserves lost to Franklin United 5-1 and the first team tumbled 4-1 to the South Aucklanders, and lost goalkeeper Adam O’Rorke to a red card in the process.

Rovers finished mid-table in last season’s division two but received a summer boost with the arrival of former All White Mark Cossey and assistant Shane Comber as the club’s new coaching team, after a long stint at Hamilton Wanderers.

Weekend game (Friday March 30, 2018)

12.30pm: Cambridge Reserves v Claudelands Rovers Reserves

3.00pm: Cambridge v Claudelands Reserves (NRFL second division)

Coach’s message

Cambridge coach Mike Woodlock wants Reds supporters to get to John Kerkhof Park to support his team’s return to Northern League:

Matchday Magazine

Our free online issue of RED covers the Good Friday fixtures between Cambridge and Claudelands Rovers, with squads for both matches:

Our 2018 squad

Meet the Reds who will represent Cambridge in this year’s Northern League

Fixture list

Click here to see who the Reds play next 

Records

Click here for our first team performances since joining the Northern League in 1972

Click here for our record in the Chatham Cup

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