Reds stay in title hunt after top four clubs all falter in Northern League title race

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Despite losing 3-0 at Oratia United, other Northern League results have helped keep Cambridge in second place and in contention for the second division title.

Three sides are locked on 22 points at the top of the Lotto NRFL second division, though none of them could find a win in round 12 of the competition.

The Reds went into the match without leading scorer Josh Clarkin, sidelined through illness, but included midfielder Harry Wick, back from suspension.

The two sides battled out a scoreless first half but the game changed early in the second spell when the west Aucklanders scored twice in quick succession.

Harry Cuthbert opened the scoring in the 50th minute and team mate Michael Graham doubled Oratia’s lead three minutes later.

The Reds have clawed back several results from being behind this season but not this time.

And when Oratia found a third goal through Cuthbert with a minute to go, it became the first match this season in which the Reds had failed to find the net, and the first in which the side has lost by more than a single goal.

In terms of the title race, other results went Cambridge’s way with main rivals Metro and Manurewa both drawing and early competition leaders Claudelands Rovers crashing at home 10-1 to Albany.

Next Saturday (June 29), Cambridge host Franklin United at John Kerkhof Park (3pm).

Team line-ups

Lotto NRFL second division results

Uni-Mount Bohemian Celtic 1 (Paul Landers 60’)
Onehunga Mangere United 2 (Salesh Kumar 72’, Max Kwan 90+3’)
HT 0-0

Oratia United 3 (Harry Cuthbert 50’ 89’, Michael Graham 53’)
Cambridge FC 0
HT 0-0

Ngongotaha AFC 1 (Luke Barker 32’)
Northland FC 6 (Mark Prowse 20’ 51’, Jeremy Rintoul 23’ 84’, Joel Crawford 51’, Liam Manaton 60’)
HT 1-2

Greenhithe Catimba 3 (David Sadrinas 31’ 80’, Pabloe Hormazabal 87’ [PEN])
Manurewa AFC 3 (Kieran Nevey 39’, Troy Christophers 68’, Sam Hart 90+3’)
HT 1-1

Franklin United 1 (Michael De Ponte 90+2’)
Metro FC 1 (Bradley Rathbun 57’)
HT 0-0

Claudelands Rovers 1 (Jacob Robb 75’)
Albany United 10 (Marc Porter 12’, Jack Beguely 14’ 18’ 27’ 51’ 57’, David Fahy 70’ 81’, Thomson Nkoy 83’)
HT 0-5

League table


Cambridge reserves drew 1-1 with Oratia United in the early game at Parrs Park.

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More information

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