Cambridge’s Northern League teams both won on home soil but the club’s other senior teams struggled in the WaiBOP Championship and Waikato competitions.
Here’s how our senior and youth teams fared at the weekend:
Lotto NRFL second division
Both of Cambridge’s games against Northland FC were remarkably similar – after going behind to the visitors, Cambridge’s first and second teams both came home strongly for 2-1 wins at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge continue to deliver inconsistent displays in the WaiBOP Championship, with the side capable of beating good teams and losing to lesser lights.
In a match between two midtable sides, Cambridge had a chance to leapfrog Taupo with a win at John Kerkhof Park but the visitors kept the upper hand throughout.
Taupo took a 3-1 lead into the half-time break, despite a goal from Cambridge captain Adam Brady after 25 minutes.
In the second spell, Taupo outscored Cambridge to finish 5-2 victors. Cambridge’s second goal went to John Flood in the 77th minute.
Taupo’s goals were scored by Aaron Kelly (2), Bradley Frew, Aaron Lawrence, Jack Rae.
Main photo: Cambridge defenders crowd a Taupo forward on a wet pitch 2 at John Kerkhof Park.
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge D1s lost 4-1 to West Hamilton United at John Kerkhof Park.
The Hamilton side took a 2-0 lead before David O’Donnell pulled a goal back for Cambridge.
However, West Hamilton asserted themselves in the second half, comfortably winning 4-1.
Cambridge’s Player of the Day was Mariano Castellon.
Waikato Division 4
The D2s travelled to second-placed Melville United’s Gower Park and suffered a heavy 8-0 defeat.
Next weekend, they get the chance to bounce back with a home fixture against Northern United’s Gaffers.
Result to come.
Sunday – Women’s Waikato Division 1
Cambridge’s fixture at Huntly Thistle was called off at the start by the match referee after torrential rain had left a waterlogged pitch, creating player safety issues. It will be re-scheduled.
Sunday – WaiBOP Federation Youth/Junior Leagues
The Cambridge U-12s lost 4-1 at Melville United in the WaiBOP Federation J-League.
The U-13s almost pulled off a dramatic turnaround in their game at Papamoa in the WaiBOP Federation Y-League.
Trailing 0-3 at the break, Cambridge gave a spirited second half display to outplay their opponents and score through Blake Taylor (45′), Cortlan Davis-Havill (61′) and Jamie Kenny (68′).
But Papamoa found a fourth goal to make it 4-3 to the home side.