Cambridge’s travelling teams returned home on Saturday night with decent wins in the Northern League and WaiBOP Championship.
The Reds first team won 5-0 in Auckland against Unimount Bohemian Celtic while the club’s third team crossed the Kaimai Ranges for a 3-2 win against Tauranga Blue Rovers.
Senior Cambridge teams observed a minute’s silence before kick-off, and wore black armbands, to acknowledge the death of Pat Beeney (72), mother of reserves team manager Des Beeney and mother-in-law of our club’s bar manager, Krisdel. Our club sends its condolences to the family and friends.
Here’s how our senior and youth teams fared at the weekend:
Lotto NRFL second division
The Reds played a double header on the artificial turf of Auckland’s Bill McKinlay Park against Uni-Mount Bohemian Celtic.
The first team won 5-0, with Josh Clarkin (2), Kieran Hill, Luke Stephenson and Levi Clark on the scoresheet.
In the early game, Cambridge reserves lost 2-0 to Unimount Bohemian Celtic.
Main photo: Cambridge reserves warm down after their match on the artificial turf of Bill McKinlay Park.
Cambridge’s championship side withstood a second half fightback from Tauranga Blue Rovers to return home with a 3-2 win in the WaiBOP Championship.
Last week, Cambridge surrendered a 3-0 lead against Claudelands Rovers to lose 6-3.
So when the team went three goals up in Tauranga, they knew they would have to work hard to keep their advantage – and so it proved.
Cambridge took the lead after 20′ through skipper Adam Brady’s 16th goal of the season.
Wily Jason Szabo found Cambridge’s second goal 10 minutes later and striker James Cakebread made it 3-0 to the visitors in the 35th minute.
However, Blue Rovers fought back well and scored through Franz Marko and Maurice Gunfield but the final whistle went with Cambridge in front.
Next Saturday (July 27), Cambridge host Tauranga City in the championship.
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge D1s overcame Matamata Swifts’ third team 2-1 at John Kerkhof Park with a goal in each half.
The home side led 1-0 at the interval, thanks to a 35th-minute goal from Oscar Thomas, his first of the season.
Swifts drew level in the second spell but Ben Ward found the winner for Cambridge six minutes into added time.
Waikato Division 4
The D2s hosted Tokoroa Rezzienation and came out winners 2-1 after leading 1-0 at half-time.
Scorers for Cambridge were Chris Hill – his 7th of the season – and Liam Storey who found the net for the first time this year.
Sunday – Women’s Waikato Division 1
Cambridge lost 3-0 to Tokoroa at John Kerkhof Park.
Sunday – WaiBOP Federation Youth/Junior Leagues
The Cambridge U-12s lost 7-3 to Tauranga Blue Rovers in the WaiBOP Federation J-League match at John Kerkhof Park.