A string of draws is proving costly for Cambridge in this year’s WaiBOP Championship.
In their latest game, Cambridge drew 2-2 with 10-man Hamilton Wanderers to share the competition points at John Kerkhof Park.
It was Cambridge’s third draw from their last four games but despite the dropping of points, the side remains in touch with the competition’s leading pack.
The young Wanderers side took a 2-0 first-half lead through two well-taken long-range shots – the only attempts on target they had in a game that had been dominated by Cambridge.
The turning point in the game came when a Wanderers player was sent off for a second yellow card for dissent.
Cambridge pulled a goal back when a corner bounced on the top of the crossbar before being headed across the line by Sam Garmonsway.
Another corner created a chance for Daniel Harrison who scrambled the ball home from close range.
Despite Cambridge pressure against a 10-man Wanderers, the home side could not find the winner and were forced to settle for a point.
Afterwards, coach Steve Thomas praised Dom Vettise for a strong-tackling display and chose winger Jordan Silvester as the Player of the Day.
Cambridge have lost only one of their eight matches this season but the team will need to convert draws into wins for their four remaining games before the competition splits into two groups of six.
Claudelands Rovers 2 Otumoetai 1
Whakatane Town 11 Waikato Unicol 0
Taupo 8 Tauranga City 1
Te Puke United 2 Papamoa 2
Cambridge 2 Hamilton Wanderers 2
Tokoroa 1 Tauranga Old Blues 2