Coach: ‘Hard work was the key’ to NRFL derby win

Cambridge coach Mike Woodlock says hard work during the lead-up to Easter was the key behind the Reds’ 5-1 win over Claudelands Rovers in their Lotto NRFL second division derby.

“We worked really hard during the week on our shape and organising our back four and midfield four,” he said after the Good Friday fixture at John Kerkhof Park. Here’s the rest of his post-match interview:

Cambridge raced to a 4-0 half-time lead and then parried a strong second half performance by Rovers to take the three points and with them, an early lead on the competition ladder.

Match report

Click here for details: Cambridge 5, Claudelands Rovers 1

Video & photo galleries

Click here for our video and photographic coverage of the return of NRFL football to John Kerkhof Park.


Cambridge reserves coach Mike Taylor acknowledged his team had faced a good team after his side’s 4-1 loss to Rovers.

“You deserved to win,” he said at the aftermatch function. “You played really good football, especially in the first 20 minutes.”

Taylor said his immediate objective was to bounce back next Saturday (April 7) when the Reds play Papakura City.

“We’ll train on Tuesday, we’ll get back on track and we’ll aim to win next week.”

The result leaves Cambridge in fourth place after two rounds with Takapuna the only team to have won twice so far.

Reserves match report

Click here for details: Cambridge 1 Claudelands Rovers 4

Next game

Cambridge host Papakura City in a double header at John Kerkhof Park on Saturday April 7.

Reserves kick off at 12.30pm; the main game starts at 3pm.

Click here for full list of Cambridge’s Lotto NRFL fixtures