Reds confirm pre-season fixtures as part of build-up to Northern League

Reds head coach Paul Richardson has confirmed a series of pre-season games as part of his squad’s build-up to this year’s Lotto NRFL second division campaign.

Cambridge will play a firsts/reserves double header against WaiBOP Premiership club Otumoetai at John Kerkhof Park on Saturday February 29.

The reserves match will start at 12.30pm, followed by the main game at 3pm.

Other pre-season games will be on the road, giving the squad ample opportunity to test themselves against strong opposition.

The Reds will travel to Melville United’s Gower Park for a 6.30pm match featuring an extended first team squad on Tuesday March 3.

On Saturday March 7, Cambridge will participate in a three-team tournament at Papamoa providing games for the men’s firsts and reserves, and the Cambridge women’s team.

Cambridge travel to Tauranga City’s Links Avenue ground for their last scheduled warm-up game on Saturday March 14, with the reserves starting at 11am and the main game at 1pm.

The Reds firsts and reserves teams will spend Saturday March 21 playing inter-club games, filming sessions and getting together around a BBQ as they prepare for the new Northern League season.

Their first fixture is likely to be in Auckland on Saturday March 28. The fixture list will be confirmed after the completion of two promotion play-off series (March 8 and 15) being held to determine the participants in the second division.

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Video interview

Coach Richardson is happy with his squad’s pre-season preparation so far: