After threatening to cut loose in most of their recent games, Cambridge finally hit their straps with a 5-1 win against Waikato Unicol in the WaiBOP Championship.
The win, at John Kerkhof Park, provided the side’s first win in more than a month and ended a frustrating string of draws.
Unicol started the brightest and created several early chances, forcing Cambridge goalkeeper Shaun Bax to make two excellent saves.
Against the run of play, Cambridge forced their first corner of the game in the 15th minute and Aaron Huesser gave his side the lead with a header from the resulting set-piece.
Unicol fought back and levelled on the half-hour.
Cambridge settled into their game and took the lead again in the 36th minute through Ryan Ashby.
After turning around at 2-1, Cambridge started the second half with gusto and increased their lead almost immediately, through left back Chris Dodds.
The home side kept in control and reinforced their victory with two goals in the dying minutes of the game through Joshua Dagnall and substitute Miguel Peterle.
The win was of some relief to Cambridge whose league record does not reflect their ability – the team has lost only two of their 11 fixtures but a string of five draws sees the team in mid-table.
Main photo: Cambridge’s Chris Dodds prevents Unicol’s winger from a sideline foray. More images below:
Cambridge 5 Waikato Unicol 1
Papamoa 4 Tauranga Old Blues 0
Te Puke United 1 Claudelands Rovers 3
Taupo 5 Otumoetai 2
Hamilton Wanderers 1 Tauranga City 2
Tokoroa 2 Whakatane Town 1