Preparations for the coming season continue with encouraging results for Cambridge FC’s senior men’s teams.
Here’s how they fared in their latest pre-season fixtures:
The Reds’ Northern League second division side drew 1-1 with well-organised WaiBOP Premiership side Waikato Unicol in hot conditions at John Kerkhof Park.
Scorer for Cambridge was midfielder Ewan Donald.
Assistant coach Bradley Rea said the team got a good run out in the conditions, and are putting in plenty of hard work as they prepare for the first round of Lotto NRFL games on Saturday March 27.
They play their last of four pre-season fixtures next Saturday (March 20) when Matamata Swifts, another WaiBOP Premiership side, visit John Kerkhof Park.
In their other warm-up matches, the Reds have beaten Huntly Thistle 7-2 and lost 1-2 to Otumoetai.
Our Colin Coster-coached reserves drew 2-2 in the early game against Waikato Unicol’s WaiBOP Championship side.
Scorers for Cambridge were Fabian Munoz and Aston Hurd.
This follows the team’s 4-1 against Otumoetai the previous week.
The championship side beat Cambridge High School’s first XI 1-0 in a decent workout for both teams.
The champs, weakened because a number of players were at player Shaun Richardson’s wedding, drew on other senior teams to bring together a squad for the day.
The only goal of the game was scored by Josh Morris, loaned to the champs by CHS, and bother of champs regular Daniel Morris.
The game was well controlled by club referee David Gaiger.
Waikato Division 4 – D2s
On Thursday, the Waikato Division 4 D2 team opened their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 7-2 win under lights against Claudelands Rovers D team.
‘It was a great team performance for a bunch of new lads trying to continue their end-of-season form from last year,’ player-coach Cole van den Beuken said.
Scorers for Cambridge were last season’s leading scorer Andrew Myers (3), Chris Hill, Jack Harman and Shane Gray.