Officials from Hamilton Wanderers and Eastern Suburbs were fulsome in their praise for Cambridge FC after the club’s successful hosting of a national league double header at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge hosted two games between the clubs on Sunday November 18 as they met in the ISPS Handa Premiership and the National Youth League.
More than 400 attended the matches in glorious sunshine.
Wanderers caused a form upset in the youth game, beating title-chasing Suburbs 5-1. A highlight for local spectators was a goal from Cambridge’s Josh Clarkin who is playing his summer football for Wanderers but expected to return for a winter with the Reds.
In the main game, Suburbs won 2-0 but spectators got the opportunity to see All Whites Andre de Jong and Tim Payne perform well for the Aucklanders while Papua New Guinea striker Tommy Semmy led the line for Wanderers.
After the match, officials from the visiting clubs praised Cambridge FC for acting as hosts for the match and giving fans from outside Hamilton a chance to see top level football.
Cambridge has hosted 11 national league games in its history, including two seasons of games by WaiBOP United in 2014 and 2015.
Main photo: Wanderers’ Jordy Shaw eludes the tackle of All White Tim Payne. Photo: Grant Stantiall.
Cambridge FC’s official photographer Louis Roberts captured these images at the ISPS Handa Premiership match: