Reds reserves close in on league title with another win

Cambridge reserves extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches with a 3-1 home win against Franklin United.

The victory ensures the Reds maintain their lead at the top of the Lotto NRFL second division reserves competition.

The side has three matches remaining and with nearest rivals Takapuna also winning (3-1 against Albany United) this weekend, the title might go down to the last game of the season.

Playing in light rain on a greasy John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge took the lead on the half-hour when leading goascorer Andrew Taylor swept home an Adam Brady cross that finished an end-to-end move by the team.

It was Taylor’s 19th goal in the competition.

Goalkeeper Paddy Espin preserved Cambridge’s lead, making an excellent save at the feet of a Frankin forward in the final stages of the half.

After turning round at 1-0, Cambridge doubled their lead after 64 minutes when Johnny Sanchez scored the goal of the game, a screamer from the edge of the area that hit the underneath of the bar and into the goal.

Ten minutes later, Franklin’s Luke Chapman gave home supporters a few nerves when he struck a nice long range shot to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

But Reds striker Aaron Huesser made sure of the points, securing his third goal of the season with six minutes to go.

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In the later game, Cambridge’s first team also beat Franklin United 3-1.

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