Coach Richardson: ‘We want to finish as high as we can’

Cambridge head coach Paul Richardson believes his Reds team still have plenty to play for even though it’s unlikely they’ll fill a promotion spot in the Lotto NRFL’s second division.

Cambridge are fifth on the table and, mathematically, could climb into the top two positions but only if all their higher-placed rivals fell into disastrous runs of form.

Richardson says his team just wants to finish as high as they can.

If the Reds can finish third, they’ll take Cambridge to their highest Northern League ranking in 17 years which shows the improvements made in recent seasons.

Cambridge have games remaining against second-placed Metro FC (home) and third-placed Manurewa (away), both of which provide opportunities to gain ground on the leading group.

Next Saturday (August 17), the Reds host lowly Onehunga Mangere who are trying to clear the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, in his post-match interview after Saturday’s 2-1 win by the Reds against Northland FC, Richardson confirmed that central defender Jack Portegys will sit out the rest of the season due to the ankle injury he received early in the second half.

Richardson’s interview

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