Cambridge have been forced to settle for another high-scoring draw in the WaiBOP Championship after sharing eight goals with Tauranga City.
After leading for much of the game at Tauranga’s Links Ave, Cambridge almost let the home side snatch the win before a late equaliser saw the teams settle for a 4-4 stalemate.
Cambridge have registered five draws in their seven latest fixtures in the WaiBOP Championship.
Despite losing only two of their 10 fixtures, the side is stranded in mid-table.
The start of the game was disrupted by the absence of white line markings and no available changing rooms but after a pitch inspection, referee Andrew Lamberth got play underway.
Cambridge looked like breaking their sequence of draws when they got off to a good start, racing to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter hour.
The opening goal came from the head of Adam Brady at the far post, on the end of a James Cakebread cross, in the 9th minute.
Cakebread doubled Cambridge’s lead five minutes later with a superb long-range effort.
Tauranga fought back into the game with goals from Julien Hoffman (18′) and Anton Picton (37′), making it 2-2.
Brady put Cambridge ahead 3-2 with another header, his fifth goal of the season, as the teams were about to go into their half-time break.
A goalkeeping error allowed Tauranga to level the scores again through Thomas Crane (54′) and the home side then cruelly took a 4-3 lead when Matthew Schoonderwoerd found the net with 14 minutes to go.
As time ran down, and Cambridge changed their shape to go full-on offensive, Cambridge’s Dom Vetisse chose the right day to score his first goal for the club, making it 4-4 with five minutes to go.
Cakebread was Cambridge’s Player of the Day for his goal, two assists and completing his first full 90 minutes of the season.
Coach Steve Thomas said he was pleased with the team’s never-say-die attitude and the fact his side has lost only two games this season.
Next Saturday (August 22), Cambridge host Waikato Unicol at John Kerkhof Park with a 2.45pm kick-off.
Main photo: Two-goal scorer Adam Brady. Image: Jenny Whitcombe.
Our thanks to Tauranga photographer Jenny Whitcombe for sharing these images. Please click on image to open to full size.
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