Cambridge toppled league leaders Waikato Unicol in the WaiBOP Championship with a 3-1 victory at John Kerkhof Park.
In other senior men’s games, all our teams played Claudelands Rovers in local derby match-ups.
Here’s how our senior and youth teams fared at the weekend:
Lotto NRFL second division
Cambridge’s 4-3 win against Claudelands Rovers at Galloway Park saw the Reds go to the top of the Northern League second division.
It was a typically nerve-wracking finish to a win that enabled Cambridge to become the fourth different side to sit at the top of the divisional table this season.
In the early game, Cambridge lost the reserves match 6-2 to Rovers.
Cambridge’s championship side appear to be finding consistency at last, following up last weekend’s 5-2 win against Tokoroa with a 3-1 victory against competition leaders Waikato Unicol.
The teams turned around with Cambridge leading 2-1 at John Kerkhof Park but then extended the lead to secure the league points.
Scorers for Cambridge were defender Alex Ball, captain Adam Brady and striker James Cakebread.
Martin van Blerk scored for Unicol.
Cambridge get the chance to extend their winning form next weekend when they travel to bottom-placed Matamata Swifts.
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge D1s hosted Claudelands Rovers Vets at John Kerkhof Park in a tight encounter that ended 3-3 after being tied 1-1 at the interval.
Scorers for Cambridge were Ben Ward and Miguel Peterle (2).
The game featured a special effort from Cambridge coach Harry Bomans who played a full 90 minutes – possibly the first holder of a Gold Card to play an entire game for many years at the club.
Waikato Division 4
The D2s drew 1-1 with Claudelands Rovers Newbies in a frustrating game at Galloway Park.
Cambridge were absolutely dominant in the first half hour – in fact, goalkeeper Nick Morton did not touch the ball once in the opening 20 minutes – and they went close several times, including a free kick that rattled the crossbar.
First half pressure:
Forward Andy Thomas finally put Cambridge 1-0 ahead and it looked as though the side were in for a win.
But a strong wind that helped Cambridge in the first half gave the home side some help in the second, and Claudelands found an equaliser.
Main photo: Cambridge D2s (black shirts) attack the Rovers goal.
Photo gallery – Division 4
Images from Cambridge’s 1-1 draw at Claudelands Rovers:
Sunday – Women’s Waikato Division 1
Cambridge lost 4-2 to Otorohanga at John Kerkhof Park.
Lucy Reed scored both Cambridge goals while the Hill Homes Player of the Day was Maria Cameron.
Sunday – WaiBOP Federation Youth/Junior Leagues
The U-13s lost 2-0 to Melville United’s U-14 girls at Gower Park in the Y-League.
Our U-12s beat Otumoetai 5-2 at John Kerkhof Park in the J-League.