Cambridge’s U-23 team have beaten Greenhithe Catimba 4-0 in an entertaining and open Lotto NRFL second division reserves match at John Kerkhof Park.
The Reds’ reserve team took a 3-0 lead into half-time with some sparkling football, making good use of pace and open spaces, and then controlled the second spell for a comfortable win.
Cambridge opened the scoring after 16 minutes when striker Aston Hurd found the net. He doubled his side’s lead ten minutes later, continuing the goalscoring form he found in pre-season.
Goal of the day was scored in the 33rd minute by Oliver Haultain who struck a volley with controlled power to steer it into the net from the edge of the area.
At half-time, Hurd was substituted off, clearly to save his energy for a run off the bench for the first team later in the day.
His replacement, Cambridge FC’s Golden Boot winner from 2019, Peter Buesnel, spent the second half stretching the Greenhithe defence with his pace and clever positioning.
Meanwhile, the Cambridge defence always looked in control and worthy of their clean sheet.
As the game entered added time, Buesnel got his reward for effort, dribbling around a defender and goalkeeper Harrison Nixon to poke the ball into an empty net.
Main photo: Buesnel turns to celebrate his goal.
The U-23s travel to Hibiscus Coast on Easter Monday for a 12.30pm kick off.
Cambridge 4, Greenhithe Catimba 0
Fencibles United 5, Claudelands Rovers 1
Onehunga Mangere United 6, Franklin United 0
Papatoetoe 0, Hibiscus Coast 2
Northland 1, Oratia United 0
In the main game, Cambridge lost 5-2 to Greenhithe Catimba.