Cambridge FC’s D2 team caused the upset of the day, beating competition leaders Tokoroa 3-1 in Waikato Senior Men’s fifth division.
Here’s how our teams fared at the weekend (August 8-9):
Lotto NRFL second division
Franklin United 3 Cambridge 2
The Reds lost 3-2 to midtable Franklin United at the Drury Sports Complex in South Auckland.
Franklin United Reserves 3, Cambridge Reserves 3
The reserve teams shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw at Drury.
Cambridge 2 Tauranga Old Blues 2
Cambridge drew 2-2 with struggling Old Blues at John Kerkhof Park, after the sides were level 1-1 at the break.
Waikato Senior Men’s
Waikato Division Two: Claudelands Rovers 2 Cambridge 1
A sub-par performance in the first half by Cambridge proved costly in this game when Claudelands Rovers took a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.
Cambridge took till the second spell to find the form that had taken them to second place in the competition and a goal from Mason Woodall kept the side in contention for the win.
However, a second Rovers goal had the home team hanging on for the win and Cambridge’s Thomas Gifford almost grabbed an equaliser when he smashed a shot against the bar in the 90th minute after Josh Mayo had set him up with a through ball.
Player of the Day was Zak Petropoulos.
Coach Chris Petropoulos felt his team did enough to win the match.
“No complaints from me today,” he said, “as the team fought hard and never gave up. They also played some excellent football and had Claudelands on the back foot for the full second half.”
Waikato Division Five: Cambridge D1s 1 West Hamilton United 1
Cambridge D1s drew 1-1 at home to West Hamilton United in an even match.
Cambridge conceded in the first half through a bizarre own goal, sending the teams into half-time with West Ham leading 1-0.
The home side secured the draw from the penalty spot when Scott Jenkins calmly slotted the ball past West Ham ‘keeper and former Cambridge player Nick Morton.
Main photo: Scott Jenkins lines up a free-kick against the Hamilton side. Above: Jenkins scores from the spot.
Waikato Division 5: Tokoroa Rezzienation 1 Cambridge D2s 3
The D2s produced one of their competition’s upsets of the season when they beat league leaders Tokoroa 3-1 at Strathmore Park.
Left-winger Chris Dodds had a day to remember, scoring all three Cambridge goals and returning with the Player of the Day award.
Though Cambridge travelled with the bare minimum squad of 11, they were in fine form and might have won by more if a penalty had been awarded when Cole van den Beuken was taken out of play with the goal beckoning.
Women’s Waikato Division 2
Huntly Thistle 1, Cambridge 5
Cambridge extended their unbeaten run to six games with another comfortable win.
Sunday – Youth teams
Y-League: Cambridge 6 Melville United U-16 girls 1
Our U-14s beat Melville’s U-16 girls 6-1 after leading 4-0 at half-time in the WaiBOP Federation Y-League.
The goalscoring was led by Lucah de Roo who struck four goals (12′, 23′, 28′, 65′) including a cracker of a volley from a Dylan Gardiner corner.
Other goals were contributed by Blake Allison (37′) and Theo Susilla (15′). Melville’s goal was scored by Manaia Elliott (66′).
J-League: Northern United 2 Cambridge 2
A second-half recovery saw Cambridge secure a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Northern United in the WaiBOP Federation J-League.
United took an early lead and had the better of the first half.
In the second spell, Cambridge found their form and Luke Brooke-Smith set up Jaxson Makgill who scored with a well-struck volley.
Cambridge took the lead thanks to a long-range effort from Regan Grey.
Northern grabbed a late equaliser, forcing both sides to settle for the draw.