Former Cambridge Player of the Year Tony Dikmans (pictured) turned back the clock at the weekend to help his D1 team to their first win of the 2020 season.
Dikmans twice won the Jim Barry Memorial Shield for Player of the Year (in 1998 and 2000).
And even though the knee support and grey hair might suggest his best games are behind him, he hasn’t lost his instinct for goal.
He struck a volley from outside the box to kickstart the D1s to a 4-0 victory against Claudelands Rovers in Waikato Division 5.
Other goals from Jamie Coomber, Fabian Burgos and Richard ‘Ringo’ Collette sealed the win after Cambridge led 2-0 at the break.
Here’s what’s happened at the weekend (July 11-12):
Cambridge 4, Greenhithe Catimba 1
The Reds beat Greenhithe Catimba 4-1 to climb off the bottom of the Northern League second division table.
Penalties by Ewan Donald (2) and Mike Cosgrave, and a fourth goal from Josh Clarkin got the points for Cambridge at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge Reserves 1, Greenhithe Catimba Reserves 3
In the early game, a second-half lapse cost Cambridge the result after the home side had taken a first half lead.
Te Puke United 0, Cambridge 0
Cambridge remain in touch with competition leaders Taupo and Claudelands Rovers after a goalless draw at Te Puke United.
Waikato Senior Men’s
Division Two: Northern United 0, Cambridge 1
Cambridge continue to challenge for the Division 5 table after a well-worked win at fifth-placed Northern United.
The winner came from Ben Dixon who followed up a run by striker Peter Buesnel to be in position to finish when Buesnel’s shot came back off the post.
Coach Chris Petropoulos named his central defensive pair of Tom Gifford and Thomas Rea as co-Players of the Day for hard-working and strong performances.
“Overall, we were the better team and deserved the win against a spirited Northern United,” Petropoulos said after the game.
Waikato Division 5: Waikato Unicol 3, Cambridge D2s 3
A hat-trick from Andrew Myers helped the D2s to another draw as the side continues to search for their first win of the season.
Unicol opened the scoring after five minutes but Rory Ford helped create two chances for Myers who put them both away, giving Cambridge a 2-1 lead at half-time.
Unicol levelled five minutes into the second spell before Ford and Myers combined again to give them a 3-2 lead.
When it looked as though Cambridge might be set to secure their first league win, Unicol fought back once more to tie up the game.
Waikato Division 5: Cambridge D1s 4, Claudelands Rovers Newbies 0
See above for match details.
No games this weekend for our youngest players because of the school holidays.
Sunday – Women’s Waikato Division 2
Mangakino United 0, Cambridge 5
Cambridge moved to the top of a crowded division with this emphatic win at Mangakino’s Wairenga Road ground.
Sunday – Youth teams
Our youth teams have no fixtures this weekend due to the school holidays.