Cambridge conceded two goals in each half to lose 4-1 to Claudelands Rovers in their NRFL reserves match at John Kerkhof Park.
The match started 40 minutes late due to the delayed arrival of a match official.
Rovers went ahead in the 18th minute with a smartly hit shot from 20 metres that found the roof of the net.
Playing tight passing football, the visitors were settled by the goal and four minutes later found a second when Rob Sontaag scored from a cross by Luigi Manozca.
Cambridge had several half-chances but failed to convert which goalkeeper Patrick Espin kept his team in the game with a superb save, turning a low shot round the post for a corner.
Jonathan Sanchez pulled a goal back three minutes into the second spell to make it 2-1.
Claudelands added goals in the 76th and 88th minute to seal the result, leaving both teams with a win each from their two opening games of the season.
Cambridge coach Mike Taylor acknowledged his team had faced a good team.
“You deserved to win,” he said at the aftermatch function. “You played really good football, especially in the first 20 minutes.”
Taylor said his immediate objective was to bounce back next Saturday (April 7) when the Reds play Papakura City.
“We’ll train on Tuesday, we’ll get back on track and we’ll aim to win next week.”
Player of the Day was Nathan Hallum.
Main photo: Alex Mukaka takes on the Rovers backline.Below Mukaka (left) and striker Adam Brady (right) test the Rovers defence.