Cambridge are ready for their 2019 Northern League season after completing their pre-season campaign with a double header at Tauranga City United.
The Reds headed over the Kaimai Ranges for their last friendly matches on Saturday, keen for a hard workout against a club that plays a division higher in the Lotto NRFL.
Tauranga took the lead 19 minutes into the game between the clubs’ reserves squads but Cambridge levelled five minutes into the second spell when Juan Alvarez beat the ‘keeper after receiving a well-placed through ball from Johnny Sanchez.
The 1-1 draw means the Reds reserves finish their pre-season schedule with four wins and that draw.
Meanwhile, spectators saw seven goals in a free-flowing match between the clubs’ first teams.
Tauranga won the encounter 5-2.
Cambridge’s goals came from Callum MacLeod and Fabian Munoz.
The Reds start their competition season next Saturday (March 30) with first team and reserves games at Drury, south of Auckland, against Franklin United.
Photo: The Reds’ reserves squad. Back – from left : Des Beeney (manager), Daniel Harrison, Sam Garmonsway, Juan Alvarez, Dylan Blair (on loan 1st team), Willem Dikmans, Luuk van Wagtendonk, Moises Tenorio, Dehein Hindley, Mike Taylor (coach), James Cakebread. Front – from left: Riley Higgs (on loan 1st team), Kieran Vollebregt, Toby Hartley, Devon Andrews, Jack Sicklemore, Alex Mukuka, Luigi Emily, Cristian Ortiz, Patrick Steele
Absent: Andrew Taylor , Aaron Jenkins, Jonathan Sanchez, Shaun Richardson.