This year’s Northern League is turning into Groundhog Day for Cambridge as the Reds racked up their fifth draw in their last six games with a 1-1 result at Papakura City.
The Reds took the lead – as they did last week against Claudelands Rovers – but then had to settle for another 1-1 draw in the Lotto NRFL second division clash at McLennan Park.
The sides cancelled each other out in the first half but the match came alive in the 49th minute when Cambridge’s Jamie Woodlock dribbled into the Papakura box and then netted from six metres.
No sooner had the team finished their goal celebration, Papakura won a free kick almost immediately after the restart. Cambridge could not clear the high ball into their box and a header by former New Zealand U-17 international Ben Mata saw the home side level.
After that, both sides had their chances and the match was marked by a series of yellow cards as tension set in for Papakura who are stuck to the bottom of the division and desperate for points.
Next Saturday, Cambridge host Onehunga Mangere United at John Kerkhof Park.
Lotto NRFL second division results
Claudelands Rovers 2-3 Te Atatu (HT: 0-1)
CLA: Perry Katesmark 59′, Kyle Kirsten 75′; TEA: Andrew Dalton 30′, Rhys Caples 80′ 88′ (PEN)
Ngongotaha 1 -3 Takapuna (HT: 0-1)
NGO: Hayden Booker 80′; TAK: Elliott Dooley 37′, Matt Hawke 69′, Tommy Miller 81′
Papakura City 1-1 Cambridge FC (HT: 0-0)
PAP: Ben Mata 50′; CAM: Jamie Woodlock 49′
Northland FC 2-5 Albany United (HT: 0-4)
NOR: Finn Diamond 86′ 90′; ALB: Lee Robinson 12′ 27′, Dev Pokhrel 32′, Herve Kadiya 41′, Jordan Carter 72′
Onehunga Mangere United 1-0 Franklin United (HT: 1-0)
OMU: Alex Witteveen 4′
Cambridge head coach Paul Richardson interviewed after the final whistle:
Cambridge’s reserves beat Papakura City 2-1 in the Lotto NRFL reserves’ game at McLennan Park.