With the exception of Cambridge’s reserve team, it was a day of what-might-have-been with close scores and lost leads for the club’s senior men’s teams.
The first team, D1s and D2s all lost by one-goal margins while the WaiBOP Championship side lost after leading 3-0 early.
Here’s how our senior teams fared at the weekend:
Lotto NRFL second division
The Reds lost a torrid derby with old rivals Ngongotaha 5-4 in an end-to-end game at John Kerkhof Park.
In the early game, Cambridge reserves beat Ngongotaha reserves 2-0 with goals from Riley Higgs and an own goal.
Cambridge’s championship side lost 6-3 at home to high-flying Claudelands Rovers, despite taking a 3-0 lead in the first half.
Skipper Adam Brady opened the scoring while Jordy Silvester and Kurt von Keisenberg found the net in quick succession.
But Rovers fought back to reduce the half-time deficit to 3-2.
The Hamilton side then took charge in the second half scoring four goals without return.
The loss ended a five-match unbeaten run for Cambridge in the WaiBOP Championship.
Main photo: Jordy Silvester flies past the Rovers defence in the WaiBOP Championship match.
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge D1s lost 2-1 at Otorohanga after the teams were tied 1-1 at the break.
Goalscorer for Cambridge was Miguel Peterle with his ninth goal of the season.
Waikato Division 4
The D2s lost a scrappy game at Eastern City by a single goal.
The game was locked up 0-0 until the second half when the Hamilton side found a winner.
Sunday – Women’s Waikato Division 1
Cambridge lost 4-0 at Claudelands Rovers where the home side took their chances at Galloway Park.
Cambridge goalkeeper Annie Martin continued her development with a series of brave saves while newcomer Julia Reiner, a recent arrival from Sweden, performed well in her debut.
The Hill Homes Player of the Day was Emma Barrott.
Sunday – WaiBOP Federation Youth/Junior Leagues
No games this weekend due to school holidays.