Cambridge came home from Auckland with another Northern League win, keeping the Reds fifth on a crowded Lotto NRFL second division table.
Here’s how our senior and youth teams fared at the weekend:
Lotto NRFL second division
Cambridge won 1-0 against Onehunga Mangere, thanks to a deserved clean sheet and another goal from leading scorer Josh Clarkin.
In the early game, Cambridge lost 1-0 to Onehunga Mangere in the Lotto NRFL second division reserves competition.
Cambridge lost 3-0 at competition leaders Otorohanga, after the home side took a 1-0 lead into half-time.
Otorohanga’s goals came from Joe Camock, Nathaneal Wrack and Jack Connor.
The result brought a halt to Cambridge’s climb into midtable but the side gets its chance to regain winning form when Taupo FC come to John Kerkhof Park next Saturday.
Waikato Division 3
Cambridge D1s lost 3-1 to Melville United’s Old Boys at Gower Park after trailing 1-0 at the break.
Playing in trying conditions, the D1s produced a much-improved performance after a heavy loss the previous week.
Scorer for Cambridge was Matthias Nickless who found the net for the first time this season.
Cambridge and Melville’s Old Boys will meet again at John Kerkhof Park on August 31.
Waikato Division 4
The D2s lost 4-1 at home to West Ham United’s Floppy Noodles with all the goals being scored in the first half.
Though Cambridge had a few early chances, the Hamilton visitors made the most of their opportunities and raced to a 4-0 lead within half an hour.
Cambridge found a goal of their own through Andrew Myers, his third of the season, as half-time approached.
The second half was even and hard-fought but neither team could find another goal.
The result leaves Cambridge in mid-table.
Main photo: Cambridge get players into the West Ham penalty area but can’t convert this first-half chance.
Photo gallery from D2’s game
Sunday – Women’s Waikato Division 1
Cambridge’s youthful women’s team put on an excellent performance to lose 4-2 to league leaders West Hamilton United.
Given the two teams were nine league placings apart, Cambridge did well to keep the score close and credit went to youngsters Lucy Reed, Edyn May and goalkeeper Annie Martin.
Caitlyn Varcoe scored Cambridge’s goals.
Sunday – WaiBOP Federation Youth/Junior Leagues
The Cambridge U-12s lost 6-5 at home to Rotorua United in the WaiBOP Federation J-League.
The U-13s beat Northern United 6-3 in the WaiBOP Federation Y-League after the teams were tied 2-2 at the interval.
Leading scorer Blake Taylor and Theo Susilla scored Cambridge’s first half goals and the side then powered away in the second spell.
Taylor added three more goals in the 37th, 45th and 55th minutes while Noah Maloney provided his contribution in the 47th minute.