Cambridge senior teams enjoyed a goal bonanza this weekend with 19 goals being shared by the club’s five men’s teams – and our U-13s youth team struck 11 times in their Sunday fixture.
The first team improved two places on the Northern League second division table while our third team extended their unbeaten run to five games with a win in the WaiBOP Championship.
Here’s how our senior and youth teams fared at the weekend:
Lotto NRFL second division
The Reds drew 1-1 with Greenhithe Catimba at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium. The point lifts Cambridge to fourth place on the table.
In the early game, Cambridge Reserves lost 4-3 after leading 2-1 at the break.
Cambridge’s championship side extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 3-1 win at Hamilton Wanderers.
The team has taken 13 points from its last five games and is gradually moving up the WaiBOP Championship table after an inconsistent start to the season.
Skipper Adam Brady got the team off to a flyer, scoring his 14th goal of the season within a minute of the game’s start.
Cambridge also benefitted from an own goal to go into the interval with a 2-1 lead.
Any chance of a Wanderers revival was snuffed out when striker James Cakebread scored Cambridge’s third goal in the 81st minute.
The champs are at home next Saturday, when they meet second-placed Claudelands Rovers at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm).
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge D1s came back from 3-1 down to register their biggest win of the season, beating Claudelands Rovers 8-3 at the Cambridge Athletics ground.
Main photo: the D1s Dennis Hommel takes on the Rovers defence.
Waikato Division 4
The D2s upset Northern United Seniles 4-3 at John Kerkhof Park in an exciting game, won through a late goal from Ben Carter.
Sunday – Women’s Waikato Cup
Cambridge defaulted their second-round cup tie at Tokoroa due to injuries and the unavailability of some players.
Sunday – WaiBOP Federation Youth/Junior Leagues
The Cambridge U-13s romped to an 11-1 victory over Blue Rovers (Tauranga) in the WaiBOP Federation Y-League.
Max Kelk got Cambridge off to a fast start with a goal in the opening minute and ten minutes later, leading goalscorer Blake Taylor got his first of four goals on the day.
Noah Maloney scored Cambridge’s third, giving the home side a 3-1 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the floodgates opened with goals from Bill Axon (52′, 61′, 68′), Taylor (45′, 50′, 44′), George Anthony (52′) and Cortian Davis-Havell (56′).
The U-12s played Hamilton Wanderers away, in the J-League. Result to come.