Cambridge have rediscovered winning form with an impressive 5-0 win against Unimount Bohemian Celtic on the artificial turf of Auckland’s Bill McKinlay Park.
The win was vital to keep alive the Reds hopes of catching the Lotto NRFL second division leaders in the race for promotion.
The Reds were helped by other results as the competition’s top two sides, Metro and Manurewa, both lost this weekend.
Cambridge welcomed back three players who formed the spine of the side – central defender Jack Portegys (from injury), midfielder Harry Wick (recalled to the starting line-up) and leading goalscorer Josh Clarkin (recovered from glandular fever).
Josh Clarkin celebrated his return after five weeks off with the game’s first goal when he scored after 12 minutes.
Captain of the day Kieran Hill scored his first goal of the season in the 69th minute, providing enough buffer for coach Paul Richardson to substitute Josh Clarkin.
English winger Luke Stephenson added Cambridge’s fourth goal on 75′, his fourth goal in his last three appearances in a first team shirt.
Cambridge’s fifth goal was claimed by busy midfielder Levi Clark, scoring his first goal since re-joining the club in mid-season.
The win sees the Reds fifth on the table but within reach of the leading bunch if they can maintain winning form, as all the top sides need to play each other during the competition’s last six rounds.
The Reds’ next game is on Saturday July 27 at John Kerkhof Park when the visitors are third-placed Albany United.
Photo: The Reds warm up at Bill McKinlay Park.
Lotto NRFL second division results
Played on Friday July 19, 2019
Metro FC 0
Albany United 1 (Tom Beguely 85’)
Played on Saturday July 20, 2019
UniMount Bohemian Celtic 0
Cambridge FC 5 (Josh Clarkin 12’ 53’, Kieran Hill 69’, Luke Stephenson 75’, Levi Clark 83’)
Ngongotaha AFC 1 – Scorer to come
Oratia United 2 – Scorers to come
Greenhithe Catimba 4 (Nicolas Fetter 22’, Victor De Souza Tozelli 27’, Marvin Youhana 60’, Kevin Escudero 62’)
Franklin United 3 (Shameel Rao 32’, Jake McCoy 34’ – PEN, Michael de Ponte 56’ – PEN)
Onehunga Mangere United 1 (Fauzul Ahmed 80’)
Manurewa AFC 0
Northland FC 0
Claudelands Rovers 1 (Bailey Webster 11’)
Cambridge lost 2-0 to Unimount Bohemian Celtic in the early game at Bill McKinlay Park.