Cambridge’s D2 team are out of this year’s Waikato Cup but only after putting up a strong showing against Te Awamutu A, a team that plays its league football three divisions higher.
Playing on a damp surface at John Kerkhof Park, the Chris Hill-coached D2 set up with a sweeper and deep back four, determined not to be overrun by their higher-ranked opponents.
And despite going behind to a Te Awamutu goal halfway through the first half, the D2s strategy worked.
First, Andrew Myers pulled a goal back and that helped keep the D2s within reach of their Waipa rivals who went into the interval 2-1 ahead.
Te Awamutu scored a third early in the second half and then a fourth but the D2s came steaming back with a string of corners and eventually a goal scored by Rob Dixon from the penalty spot.
Coach Hill said he was pleased with the spirit shown by the D2s and they could take pride from the fact they were not outclassed and could have scored a couple more, if they had taken their chances.
The D2s now join the D1 team in next week’s first round draw for the Waikato Plate.
Cambridge A, who beat D1s 10-1 under floodlights on Thursday, go into the second round draw of the Cup.