A goal in the dying stages of the game has cost Cambridge their unbeaten start to the WaiBOP Championship season, losing 1-0 to new competition leaders Taupo.
Third-placed Cambridge travelled to Taupo’s Crown Park knowing today’s winners could move to the top of the table, depending on how Papamoa fared in their fixture at Claudelands Rovers.
Papamoa lost 4-1, leaving Taupo as the only unbeaten side in the competition.
Cambridge coach Steve Thomas said he knew the Taupo game would be difficult, with a travelling squad of just 12.
The odds got worse when captain Adam Brady sustained an injury in the 5th minute, restricting his contribution to the game.
Goalkeeper Shaun Bax, defender Danny Moore and midfielder Shaun Richardson all delivered outstanding performances and the sides looked as though they were to share the points as the clock ran down.
But in the 87th minute, Taupo found a winner against a tiring Cambridge.
It was a cruel twist as last weekend, Cambridge won 1-0 against Whakatane Town with a goal four minutes from time.
The Player of the Day was skipper Brady who led the line, despite his injury, and remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.
This latest result suggests the WaiBOP Championship will be particularly competitive this season with teams in the top half of the table all capable of beating each other.
Next Saturday, Cambridge are at home to mid-table Tokoroa in a 2.45pm game at John Kerkhof Park.