Cambridge made the ideal start to their WaiBOP Championship campaign, winning their season opener 4-1 at the home of local rivals Claudelands Rovers.
The visitors went ahead early at Galloway Park with a goal from captain Adam Brady, before Rovers drew level.
Cambridge took the lead through Miguel Peterle who was playing his first federation league game since badly breaking his leg in June 2018.
The Brady-Peterle partnership struck twice more, securing a goal each to give Cambridge an excellent start to the season.
Coach Steve Thomas said his team had performed well but was helped with solid debuts from Sam Reidy, Jacob Lind and goalkeeper Sam Bax.
Bax, who has previously kept goal in five-a-side football, made the transition well, making an outstanding double save midway through the second half that tilted the game in Cambridge’s favour.
Bax was named Player of the Day by coach Thomas.
Cambridge’s next game is at home to Whakatane Town at John Kerkhof Park next Saturday (June 20), with a 2.45pm kick-off.
Whakatane beat Te Puke United 2-0 in their opening game to set up an early top-of-the-table clash for next weekend.
Main photo: The jubilant Cambridge team (image: Steve Thomas)