Cambridge’s top three men’s sides all notched confidence-building wins in their pre-season campaigns on Saturday.
The Reds first team, preparing for the start of the Lotto NRFL second division on March 30, travelled to Auckland club Papatoetoe and took out the match 4-1.
Paul Richardson’s side took the initiative, taking a 3-0 lead with two goals from recent English arrival Michael Leatherbarrow and another from last year’s leading goalscorer Josh Clarkin.
The rest of the match was more evenly fought with Fabian Munoz scoring Cambridge’s fourth goal despite a consolation effort from the Auckland hosts.
In the early game, Cambridge’s reserves romped to a 7-2 victory against Papatoetoe’s second string.
Meanwhile, Cambridge’s third side, who will play in the 2019 Loaded WaiBOP Championship, beat a side from Hamilton Wanderers 3-1 in their first friendly.
Next Saturday (March 16), Cambridge’s top three men’s sides will all play teams from Waipa neighbours Te Awamutu, with the games being played at John Kerkhof Park.