Cambridge’s Northern League campaign finally got underway at the weekend while the club continued their 100% winning starts in the WaiBOP Championship and Waikato Men’s Division 2.
Here’s how Cambridge teams fared at the weekend (June 20-21):
The Reds and Waikato rivals Claudelands Rovers delivered plenty of goals in their Northern League double header at Galloway Park but Cambridge lost both games.
Claudelands Rovers 4 Cambridge 3
In the first team match, Cambridge lost 4-3 in a ding dong affair. The Reds’ scorers were Elliot Cooper, Joshua Nooijen and Josh Clarkin.
Claudelands Rovers Reserves 4 Cambridge Reserves 2
In the early game, Cambridge’s reserves lost 4-2, despite first half goals from captain Devon Andrew and Franco Rigourd.
Cambridge 1 Whakatane Town 0
Cambridge have two wins from two starts in this year’s WaiBOP Championship after beating Whakatane Town 1-0 at John Kerkhof Park. Goalscorer was Jacob Lind who got the winner four minutes from the end.
Waikato Senior Men’s
Div 2: Cambridge 1 Claudelands Rovers Vets 0
In the Waikato Division 2, Cambridge keep their perfect record with their second win in as many games.
This week, they beat a decent Claudelands Rovers Vets side 1-0 at John Kerkhof Park.
The scorer was forward Peter Buesnel – his seventh of the season – who took advantage of tiring bodies and minds to score on the stroke of half-time.
Coach Chris Petropoulos gave his Player of the Day award to goalkeeper Henk Bertelink for an outstanding performance between the sticks which included a penalty save.
Last week, the Division 2 side beat Waikato Unicol 11-2.
Cambridge D2 2 Tokoroa Rezzienation 5
In Waikato Division 5, Cambridge’s D2 team lost 5-2 in an entertaining match at John Kerkhof Park against Tokoroa Rezzienation who had drawn 6-6 exactly a week earlier with Cambridge D1s.
Cambridge got off to a flyer with Brandon Vink scoring with an amazing shot from outside the box in the second minute.
Tokoroa came back into the game strongly and despite a second Vink goal, from the penalty spot, the visitors ran out comfortable winners.
Tokoroa’s best player scored four of their five goals – to add to the four he scored against the D1s the previous week.
West Hamilton United 3 Cambridge D1 2
The D1s travelled to West Hamilton United where they lost 3-2 to United’s Floppy Noodles team.
Scorers for Cambridge were Scott Jenkins and Ben Ward.
D2 photo gallery
Our club’s official photographer, Louis Roberts, covered the D2’s game against Tokoroa.
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Sunday – Women’s Waikato Division 2
Cambridge 1 Te Awamutu Pink Ladies 2
Cambridge lost 1-2 to Te Awamutu Pink Ladies in a close match at John Kerkhof Park.
Sunday – Youth teams
Y-League: Cambridge 4 Northern United 0
Cambridge’s U-14 team won their second WaiBOP Federation Y-League game in a row, beating Northern United 4-0 at home.
Cambridge went ahead in the 17th minute through Jamie Kenny and the sides turned around with Cambridge 1-0 to the good.
Early in the second half, Jack Beaumonth doubled Cambridge’s lead and 10 minutes later, Dylan Gardiner made it 3-0.
Matt Jordan added a fourth to make sure of the victory.
J-League: Melville United 1, Cambridge 2
The U-12 team continued their unbeaten start to the WaiBOP Federation J-League season with a 2-1 win at Melville United.
In the first half, Cambridge’s Luca Savage and Luke Brooke-Smith both hit the crossbar and despite having more of the chances, a good goalkeeping performance and a well-taken goal meant Melville went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.
Cambridge’s backline, led by Oscar Gifford, worked hard in the second half, with Brooke-Smith, Regan Grey, Jesse McDonald and Cameron Spence defending well but taking opportunities to push forward when possible.
McDonald found the equaliser with a long-range shot that caught the Melville ‘keeper off his line.
Momentum turned to Cambridge, with Logan Dickson making strong tackles in midfield and Jaxson Makgill toiling well up front.
Bede Newlands, in the Cambridge goal, made the save of the day to keep the scores level.
With only a few minutes remaining, the tireless Gethyn Foster fed Oliver Rickit whose left-footer from distance caught Melville by surprise and gave Cambridge a deserved winning goal.
U-12 photo gallery
Thanks to Annette Grey who captured these images at the U-12’s match at Melville.
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