Reds will face old rivals in Northern League this weekend

Cambridge will renew one of their fiercest rivalries when Ngongotaha visit this weekend for their Northern League football clash.

Between 2015 and 2017, the two clubs shared bragging rights to being the best teams in Waikato/Bay of Plenty competition and both were promoted to the Lotto NRFL.

But the two clubs meet at John Kerkhof Park on Saturday with very different seasons so far.

Cambridge are fourth on the second division table, part of a pack chasing the title and promotion. Ngongotaha are bottom of the competition after 15 rounds and staring at relegation back to the WaiBOP ranks.

Form often becomes meaningless though when rivalry lifts performance and the Reds will be aware of the need to not underestimate their opponents.

The game kicks off at 3pm while the two clubs’ reserves teams square off at 12.30pm.

Cambridge moved two places up the table with a well-earned 1-1 draw against Greenhithe Catimba at North Harbour Stadium last Saturday.

Reds head coach Paul Richardson said his team had played well enough to win the game but was pleased to be returning home with a point.

“It was a good point,” he said.

Seven clubs are vying for promotion spots in a tightly-contested division and the teams ahead of Cambridge all registered wins in this 15th round of competition.

Click here for match report for last weekend’s game