Conceding a first-half penalty proved to be the undoing of Cambridge’s reserves when they were beaten 1-0 at Manurewa’s War Memorial Ground.
For most of the game, the teams were evenly matched on a damp pitch with a strong breeze that made ball control difficult.
The game turned late in the first spell when the referee awarded a penalty and Reds ‘keeper Fraser Nicholls was sent the wrong way.
Cambridge’s cause was not helped in the second half when injuries reduced the team to 10, having used their subs.
Coach Mike Taylor said that despite the loss, he was pleased with the team’s effort and performance and it continued a late season improvement in form.
The Reds’ reserves next game is on Saturday August 31 (12.30pm) when they host Metro FC at John Kerkhof Park in their last game of the Northern League season.
Coach’s post-match comments
Lotto NRFL second division reserves results
Unimount Bohemian Celtic 10, Ngongotaha 1
Onehunga Mangere 4, Franklin United 0
Albany United 2, Greenhithe Catimba 2
Metro FC 3, Claudelands Rovers 2
Manurewa 1, Cambridge 0
Northland FC 1, Oratia United 1
Cambridge lost 3-0 to Manurewa in the main game.