Cambridge have moved off the bottom of the Loaded WaiBOP Championship with a much-needed 2-1 win against local rivals Matamata Swifts.
The win contributed to a day when Cambridge’s senior teams all played at home and came through undefeated.
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Cambridge’s first team were forced to settle for their sixth draw of the season when a late goal helped rescue a point for third-placed Albany United.
The reserves match was called off late on Friday after Albany United defaulted the match.
Loaded WaiBOP Championship
Cambridge and Matamata Swifts played this match knowing the losers would become favourites for the competition’s wooden spoon and possible relegation.
After a scoreless first half, Cambridge took the lead in the 54th minute through striker Peter Buesnel who netted his 18th goal of the season to level up the race with Andrew Taylor for the club’s Golden Boot.
Matamata levelled the score through Lawrence Clothier and the two sides settled in for a hard-fought finish to the match.
Cambridge went close a couple of times but Yuuki Hiruta grabbed the winner, rifling a low shot into the Matamata net from an angle after 73 minutes.
The young Cambridge side celebrated – see main photo – and then defended well to close out the match.
Cambridge had no fixture this weekend.
The D1 side maintained their quest for the divisional title with a 1-1 draw against Northern United Gaffers at John Kerkhof Park.
The visitors looked like causing an upset until D1 defender Steve Barrott struck a 35-metre shot over the ‘keeper in the second half to tie up the match. It was Barrott’s first goal for “a number of years” but keeps Cambridge in the hunt for the title.
The D2s beat West Hamilton United 2-0 at John Kerkhof Park to run up their third successive win.
The team is improving as the season wears on and their latest win came with goals from Andy Kemp and Liam Storey.
Waikato Women’s A League
Cambridge’s women beat Hamilton Wanderers 7-0 and remain in contention for the Waikato Women’s A league title.
Youth and junior football
Our U-13 boys’ team travelled to Papamoa on Sunday for their game in the WaiBOP Federation Youth League.
The U-12 boys and all junior teams have the weekend off due to the school holidays.