Cambridge’s two Waikato men’s division 5 teams fought out a tense 1-1 draw at John Kerkhof Park.
Meanwhile, the club’s WaiBOP Championship team extended their unbeaten run to five games with a big win at Unicol while Cambridge went down in a high-scoring affair to title winners Hamilton Wanderers in the men’s division 2.
Here’s how our teams fared (September 12-13):
Lotto NRFL second division
The Reds had no games this weekend because of COVID-19-related restrictions on football gatherings in Auckland.
Waikato Unicol 0 Cambridge 6
Cambridge went on a six-goal rampage to beat Waikato Unicol 6-0 in the WaiBOP Championship.
Waikato Senior Men’s
Waikato Division Two: Cambridge 3, Hamilton Wanderers 5
Third-placed Cambridge concluded their season with a chance to disrupt the perfect record of competition winners Hamilton Wanderers who had won all their competition games this year.
Cambridge got off to a great start at John Kerkhof Park, going ahead through wily Jason Szabo.
But Wanderers came back strongly to take a 2-1 lead.
James Young levelled for the home side and at 2-2, the game was shaping up as arguably Wanderers biggest challenge.
But a second half in which both teams traded goals and chances saw the Hamilton side emerge triumphant.
Cambridge’s third goal was scored by Peter Buesnel, who almost certainly has this year’s men’s Golden Boot award wrapped up.
Co-winners of the Player of the Day award were goalkeeper Henk Bertelink and goalscorer Young, both of whom had outstanding games.
Waikato Division Five: Cambridge D2s 1, Cambridge D1s 1
This most local of local derbies proved to be another draw (the sides were stalemated 2-2 earlier this season) and spectators were treated to a game of high intensity.
The D2s were aiming for an all-time record of six wins in a row and after a tight first half, it looked like a single goal could decide the match.
The D1s took the lead when Marcus Bathan took advantage of hesitancy in the D2s penalty area to poke home a goal.
The match then see-sawed and as the clock wound down, it looked as though the win (and substantial bragging rights) would land with the D1s.
But Andrew Myers, who has been in fine form in recent games, found a desperate equaliser into added time to tie the game.
For the D1s, Player of the Day was Adrian Walworth. For the D2s, Myers was Player of the Day.
Women’s Waikato Division 2
A penalty save earned a valuable point for Cambridge in their 1-1 draw at Te Awamutu, securing runners-up spot in this year’s Waikato Women’s second division.
Our U-14s lost 3-1 at Otumoetai in the WaiBOP Federation Y-League.
Cambridge’s goalscorer was Noah Cody.
Our U-12s hosted Blue Rovers from Tauranga in the WaiBOP Federation J-League, and played well for a 6-1 win.
Cambridge played some good possession football in the first quarter before Jaxson Makgill opened the scoring.
Almost immediately, Luke Brooke-Smith doubled the lead.
As the half was coming to an end, Cambridge scored their third goal through Jesse Macdonald.
In the second half, Cambridge came out flying and scored three more goals in a 15-minute burst.
Makgill, Brooke-Smith and Macdonald all scored their second goals of the game.
Cambridge reshuffled their line-up for the remainder of the game, and Tauranga took the chance to pull back a goal.
The performance was pleasing for a Cambridge team that has learned to play attractive football this season.