Cambridge D2s achieved their third win in a row to continue their season-long improvement and climb up the Waikato fifth division table.
After struggling in recent seasons, the team is compiling a good record this season, with a 3-1 win at West Hamilton United their latest victory.
Here’s how our teams fared at the weekend (August 22-23):
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Papatoetoe v Cambridge – postponed
Cambridge’s Northern League double header against Auckland club Papatoetoe was postponed due to the level 3 lockdown preventing travel between our regions.
Cambridge 5 Waikato Unicol 1
Cambridge found winning form at John Kerkhof Park to register their first win for more than a month, finishing strongly to beat Waikato Unicol 5-1.
After a string of five draws in their last seven outings, Cambridge were relieved to take all three points.
Waikato Senior Men’s
Waikato Division Two: Melville United 5 Cambridge 2
Third-placed Cambridge were looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Ngaruawahia United but found themselves facing a Melville United team strengthened by players not needed for postponed Northern League action.
Both teams went on the offensive in a first half that saw five goals at Galloway Park with the home side leading 3-2 at the turnaround.
Melville extended their lead in the second half to win 5-2.
Scorers for Cambridge were Peter Buesnel and Thomas Gifford.
The players chose Zak Petropoulos as the Player of the Day.
Waikato Division Five: Cambridge D1s 0 Northern United Numpties 4
Cambridge D1s lost 4-0 at home to Northern United.
Main photo: The Cambridge defence tries to hold out United at the Athletics Ground. Below: More images from the D1s match.
Waikato Division Five: West Hamilton United 1v Cambridge D2s 3
The D2s secured their third successive win with a good performance at West Hamilton United’s Bremworth Park.
Cambridge’s opening goal was a superb team effort, starting with an outstanding save from goalkeeper Patrick Espin who then fed the ball to a defender who began a six-man move, finished by Matt Vink’s strike.
Cambridge got their second from a corner which Chris Hill headed home.
After turning round with a 2-1 lead, Cambridge’s Andrew Myers sealed the victory when he scored midway through the second half.
The win means the D2s climb above West Hamilton to move into fourth place on the table.
Player of the Day was Ryan Phillimore for his composure in only his second game at centre back, while Philip Curin again delivered a top display in midfield.
Women’s Waikato Division 2
Cambridge 3 Te Awamutu 1
Second-placed Cambridge beat third-placed Te Awamutu 3-1 after trailing 0-1.
The win sets up a top-of-the-table clash with leaders Thames next weekend.
Y-League: Melville United 10 Cambridge 2
Our U-14s came unstuck at Melville United in the WaiBOP Federation Y-League, catching the home team in top form.
Melville raced to a 5-0 lead at half-time.
Cambridge fought back in the second spell with Lucah de Roo scoring a double in the 55th and 61st minutes but Melville continued to work hard for a deserved 10-2 win.
J-League: Hamilton Wanderers 1 Cambridge 7
Our U-12s had to work hard to overcome a determined Hamilton Wanderers in the WaiBOP Federation J-League.
Wanderers started well and took the lead after 5 minutes.
This sparked the Cambridge team into action and they gradually worked their way into the game.
Then came the goals. Jaxson Makgill fired into the top corner with a well-taken strike, Luca Savage completed a team move with a powerful drive and Luke Brooke-Smith grabbed a double before half-time.
After turning round at 4-1, Wanderers regrouped and came out strongly but this time, Cambridge kept their dominance.
Makgill struck a volley from a corner to increase his side’s lead to 5-1. From the restart, Makgill intercepted a pass and scored to complete his hat-trick.
Bede Newlands completed the scoring, finding the net from the last play of the match.
The result did not reflect how tough this game was, as Wanderers proved to be resilient and hard to break down, backed by an outstanding performance from their goalkeeper.