After last weekend’s heroics in the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup, Cambridge return to Northern League competition with a string of three games on the road.
This Saturday, the Reds travel to Auckland to meet in-form Metro FC who now sit fourth on the Lotto NRFL second division table, just behind Cambridge who are in third spot.
The match will help decide which of the sides stay in touch with league leaders Manurewa and second-placed Claudelands Rovers who Cambridge meet at Hamilton’s Galloway Park on June 15.
Cambridge and Metro go into this Saturday’s match with goalscoring form in the Chatham Cup.
The Reds scored four against Northern League Premier Division outfit Glenfield Rovers but went out of the cup, losing 5-4 after extra time was required at John Kerkhof Park.
Meanwhile, Metro thumped Te Atatu 9-2 at Phyllis Street, a big win against a side relegated from the Northern League last year.
Claudelands play at Unimount Bohemian Celtic on Saturday, looking to bounce back after two big losses – a 3-0 defeat in the league to Metro and a 7-0 loss to Melville United in the cup.
Saturday’s fixtures (June 8)
Unimount Bohemian Celtic v Claudelands Rovers
Manurewa v Oratia United
Metro FC v Cambridge
Albany United v Ngongotaha
Onehunga Mangere v Greenhithe Catimba
Northland FC v Franklin United
Cambridge will play Metro FC at their Phyllis St ground in Auckland:
June 15: Cambridge v Claudelands Rovers (away)
June 22: Cambridge v Oratia United (away)
Next home game: Franklin United (June 29)
The following tables have been updated to take into account the only NRFL second division fixture played over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
In that double header, Greenhithe Catimba beat bottom-placed Ngongotaha 5-2 while the Catimba reserves won the early game 2-1.