Cambridge have almost secured their Northern League status for next year with a courageous 2-0 win at Northland FC.
The win means the Reds can be sure of safety from the risk of relegation with a point at Te Atatu next week, regardless of what happens in the last match of the season when Cambridge visit champions Takapuna.
The Reds travelled north yesterday for their furthest away game, making the 300km trip and staying overnight at a backpacker hostel to ensure the team was as fresh as possible for the important fixture against another team also at risk of relegation.
The team lined up wearing red armbands as a show of support for reserves player Toby Hartley whose mother Abby is fighting for her life in a Bali hospital.
The first half was played in poor weather and the sides were deadlocked 0-0 at half-time.
Leading scorer Josh Clarkin broke the stalemate late in the second spell with his 12th goal of the season.
Jamie Woodlock continued his good form – he scored twice in last weekend’s 3-1 win against Franklin United – to double Cambridge’s lead with five minutes remaining.
From there, the Reds made sure they didn’t let Northland in for a chance, and they secured their second clean sheet of the season.
Lotto NRFL second division results
Bucklands Beach AFC 0
Takapuna AFC 0
Northland FC 0
Cambridge FC 2 (Josh Clarkin 80′, Jamie Woodlock 85′)
Franklin United 4 (James Hoyt 33′ 63′, Salesh Kumar 40′, Charlie Heather 56′)
Te Atatu 0
Onehunga Mangere United 0
Papakura City FC 2 (Rajnesh Sharma 6′, Cory Mackay 15′)
Albany United 3 (Herve Kadiya 23′ 50′ 68′)
Ngongotaha AFC 3 (Yamil Casas 8′, Aaron Lawrence 45+3′, Harlem Simiona 88′)
Metro FC v Claudelands Rovers – Match abandoned due to unplayable pitch.
In the early game, the Reds beat Northland’s reserve team 5-2 in their Lotto NRFL second division reserves fixture.
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The final match of the season will see Cambridge play Takapuna at their McFetridge Park ground on September 1.
Cambridge is taking a full-sized bus to Takapuna for the Northern League double header which will end the season.
Seats are available for supporters on a first served basis – click here for details.