Cambridge lead the Lotto NRFL second division reserves table after another emphatic win, this time beating Auckland’s Metro FC by 8-2.
Playing the early game at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge got into goalscoring gear right from the start when striker Tom Woutersen found the net from close after only eight minutes.
After quarter of an hour, strike partner Adam Brady scored the goal of the game, bringing down a high ball and volleying it into the roof of the net from 16 metres.
Andrew Taylor, scorer of a hat-trick in last week’s 5-0 win at Onehunga Mangere United, kept up his goalscoring form with the Reds’ third goal in the 23rd minute.
Taylor was substituted at half-time, with the score 3-0, so he could go to a friend’s wedding.
But his team mates kept up the pressure against the Metro second stringers, going 4-0 up through a second Woutersen goal and then 5-0 when Shaun Richardson saw his contact with the ball deflected into the net by a Metro defender.
Cambridge eased off for a spell, allowing Metro back into the game with two goals.
With 20 minutes to go, Wouterson completed his hat-trick – his second in a week as he scored three for Cambridge in last week’s 3-2 WaiBOP Championship win at Te Puke United.
Nathan Hallum could also have had a hat-trick as he scored twice and hit the crossbar in a frantic last period of play.
Coach Mike Taylor named Woutersen as the Player of the Day.
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