Tight defences are proving critical for the sides challenging for this year’s WaiBOP Championship – and Cambridge has one of the best.
In their latest game, Cambridge took all three points at mid-table Otumoetai, thanks to two goals from Aaron Huesser and the team’s third clean sheet in six games.
The win keeps Cambridge in the leading group after six rounds of competition in the WaiBOP Championship.
Huesser (pictured) scored a goal in each half, making him the side’s leading goalscorer so far this season with three.
Coach Steve Thomas said the win was built on a strong defensive display in a hard match played on a big pitch.
The side almost faltered early in the second half when Otumoetai missed an open goal but Cambridge’s resilience shut down the game after that, despite losing forward Adam Brady to a straight red card with 10 minutes to go.
Jake Lind, making his first start for the team, was the Player of the Day with the 20-year-old providing a solid performance for the full 90 minutes.
After two trips to the Bay of Plenty, Cambridge return to John Kerkhof Park next Saturday (July 25) for a Waikato derby against Hamilton Wanderers, who lost 3-0 to Te Puke United this weekend.
Papamoa 1, Tokoroa 2
Tauranga City 1, Whakatane Town 3
Hamilton Wanderers 0, Te Puke United 3
Waikato Unicol 1, Claudelands Rovers 5
Otumoetai 0, Cambridge 2
Tauranga Old Blues 1 Taupo 3