Cambridge’s U-23 team lost their match to high-flying Northland 3-0 after trailing by two goals at half-time.
The Reds were tested against the team with the best defence in the Lotto NRFL second division reserves competition but will learn from the experience.
Cambridge have played the top two teams in the division in consecutive games.
The Reds U-23s’ next game is at fourth-placed Uni-Mount Bohemian Celtic next Saturday (May 8) when the sides kick off at 12.30pm.
Second division U-23 results
UniMount Bohemian Celtic 4, Beachlands Maraetai 5 (played last Monday)
Cambridge 0, Northland 3
Claudelands Rovers 1, Onehunga Mangere United 1
Papatoetoe 1, Unimount Bohemian Celtic 2
Oratia United 1, Fencibles United 6
Hibiscus Coat 1, Franklin United 3
Greenhithe 1, Beachlands Maraetai 4
U-23 League table
In the main game, Cambridge lost 4-3 to Northland in an end-to-end game at John Kerkhof Park.