Seven goals to Cambridge in the WaiBOP Championship gave the club their third successive win in the competition as the side rolled bottom-placed Matamata Swifts 7-4.
Here’s how our senior and youth teams fared at the weekend:
Lotto NRFL second division
The Reds stumbled in their title race, losing 3-0 at Oratia United. However all four leading contenders faltered, meaning Cambridge are one of three clubs locked on 22 points at the top of the division table.
The reserves drew the early game 1-1 after losing the lead in added time. After a scoreless first half, Riley Higgs put the Reds ahead only for Oratia to level three minutes into additional play.
Cambridge’s championship side came out on top in a goal-packed match, winning 7-4 at Matamata Swifts.
Cambridge got off to a shaky start, despite an early goal from Josh Dagnall (13′), and they went into the interval at Matamata Domain, trailing 2-1 to the bottom-placed side in the championship.
However, Cambridge came out firing in the second half and found the net six times through an own goal, Dagnall’s second (46′), Dan Morris (50′), Dom Vetisse (64′), Adam Brady (68′) and Jordy Silvester (89′).
Matamata’s goals were scored by Ram Singh (3) and Radge Avergonzado.
The result gives Cambridge three wins in a row, having scored 15 times in those games. The team plays Papamoa at John Kerkhof Park next Saturday, kicking off at 2.45pm.
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge D1s lost 3-0 to Claudelands Rovers Over 35s in their league clash played at the Cambridge Athletics Ground.
Cambridge trailed 2-0 at the break and were competitive in the second half until Rovers clinched the result with a late third goal.
Main photo: The D1s play the ball out from the back against Rovers.
images from the Waikato Division 3 game between Cambridge and Claudelands Rovers Over 35s.
Waikato Division 4
The D2s beat Te Awamutu 2-0 at Anchor Park.
The teams turned around with the score 0-0 but goals from Anaru Whakatatou and Cole Van den Beuken gave Cambridge the win.
Sunday – Women’s Waikato Division 1
Cambridge lost 3-0 to Melville United’s Development side at Gower Park.
Hill Homes Player of the Day was Maria Cameron.
Sunday – WaiBOP Federation Youth/Junior Leagues
The U-13s lost 4-2 to Taupo at Crown Park in the Y-League.
Cambridge scored in the first half through Blake Taylor (16′) but went into the break 2-1 down.
Despite Taylor adding his second goal in the 36th minute, Taupo maintained their advantage for the win.
Our U-12s were at home to Melville Green in the J-League. Result to come.