An inspired display in difficult conditions – and a crucial penalty save – provided Cambridge’s reserves with arguably their best performance of the season.
The Reds beat Northland FC 2-1 on a muddy John Kerkhof Park, making nonsense of the 10 placings that separated them on the Lotto NRFL second division reserves competition table.
But Cambridge had to gain their win the hard way, winning from behind and needing a spirited effort from the squad.
Northland went ahead in the 20th minute through Calvin Erick and the visitors took their 1-0 lead into the dressing rooms at half-time.
Cambridge came out for the second half with fire, and Aaron Jenkins drew his side level after 47 minutes with his first goal of the season.
The critical moment of the second spell came when referee Luke Agnew awarded Northland a penalty.
But Reds ‘keeper Fraser Nicholls (pictured) threw himself to his right and blocked the spot kick.
That effort spurred on his team mates and forward Andrew Taylor found a winner right on full-time.
The Reds’ next game is on Saturday August 17 (3pm) when Onehunga Mangere visit John Kerkhof Park.
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Coach’s post-match interview
Lotto NRFL second division reserves results
Cambridge 2, Northland FC 1
Claudelands Rovers 5, Ngongotaha 1
Greenhithe Catimba 2, Unimount Bohemian Celtic 1
Franklin United 0, Albany United 3
Oratia United 1 Onehunga Mangere 1
Metro FC 1 Manurewa 2
Cambridge beat Northland FC 2-1 in the main game.