Cambridge have completed their first Northern League season in six years with a respectable 7th placing in the 12-team second division.
The Reds finished their Lotto NRFL second division campaign with a 2-0 loss at Taharoto Park, the home of divisional champions Takapuna AFC.
The sides battled out a scoreless first half before Takapuna’s Ben Allan broke the deadlock in the 54th minute.
Matthew Chant made sure of the win with his side’s second goal, seven minutes from full-time.
Today’s results mean Papakura City get the wooden spoon and Te Atatu finish second bottom and both face relegation to the AFF/NFF Conference.
Onehunga Mangere United narrowly missed relegation, despite losing today, because Papakura and Te Atatu could only draw their respective fixtures.
Lotto NRFL second division
Results from today’s games:
Northland FC 2 (Liam Manaton 8′, Jordan Rudman 51′)
Te Atatu 2 (Andrew Dalton 36′ 90′)
Takapuna AFC 2 (Ben Allan 54′, Matthew Chant 83′)
Cambridge FC 0
Metro FC 2 (John Workman 45′, Josh Chemis 75′)
Onehunga Mangere United 1 (Carl Bickerton 84′)
Bucklands Beach AFC 2 (Daniel Culpan 20′, Paul Edgar 67′)
Claudelands Rovers 0
Albany United 2 (Joe Lenton 32′, John Curwen 63′)
Papakura City FC 2 (George Winship 19′, Ben Mata 90′)
Franklin United 5 (Lewis Tiller 8′, Will Burdon 12′ [PEN], Charlie ‘Chico’ Heather 52′, Andrew Lamborn 87′, Kartik Kumar 89′)
Ngongotaha AFC 3 (Cormac Waller 33′ 45+1′, Aaron Lawrence 90+2′)
In the early game, the Reds lost their final game 6-2 to Takapuna which meant the Aucklanders took out the reserves competition title.