Cambridge’s Waikato Division 4 side continued their winning way, despite conceding their first goal in their league competition.
The side beat Waikato Unicol 4-1 to maintain their 100% winning start to the season which includes a first round Waikato Cup victory.
Photo: The 2021 division 4 squad.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Lotto NRFL second division
Cambridge 3 Northland 4
A late goal cost Cambridge the win in this entertaining and high-scoring game at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge U-23 0 Northland U-23 3
In the reserves match, high-flying Northland beat Cambridge 3-0.
Cambridge 3 Ngaruawahia United 0
A strong first-half performance and goals from Haydn Roil and Adam Brady (2) earned Cambridge the league points and moved them to within a point of top spot in the WaiBOP Championship.
Waikato Division 1
Cambridge 1 Melville United Mighty As 2
Though Cambridge lost at home to unbeaten divisional leaders Melville United 2-1, this was still their best performance of the season against strong and well-organised opponents.
Tom Gifford opened the scoring for Cambridge after 26′ with an excellent free-kick from distance.
Melville equalised with a penalty and they then took the lead with a goal despite claims the goalscorer handballed before slotting the ball into the back of the net. The first half ended with Melville leading 2-1.
During the second half, Melville were reduced to 10 men as one of their players was sent off.
Despite Cambridge pressure, they could not find an equaliser.
Kieran Ashburner was named Player of the Day for an excellent all-round game in midfield.
Coach Chris Petropoulos felt his team deserved at least a draw for their efforts, saying: “Though we lost, I am very proud of the team as they gave it their all.”
Waikato Division 4
Waikato Unicol Gold 1 Cambridge 4
Cambridge maintained their hot streak of winning form, beating Waikato Unicol 4-1 away.
Shane Gray continued his goalscoring form after a Kevin Grace through ball left Gray with just the goalkeeper to beat, and he calmly placed the ball over the ‘keeper and into the right corner.
Matt Vink broke down the right flank, delivering a low, hard cross that landed at Andrew Myers’ right foot, allowing him to tap the ball into the goal from close range.
The home team struck back with a brilliant shot that Cambridge goalkeeper Saxon Jay-Edwards initially got a hand to but lost it in the sunlight and the ball fell into the back of his net.
Just before the break, Brandon Vink received the ball turning towards goal and he fired home an absolute bullet into the bottom left corner giving Cambridge a two-goal lead at half-time.
Keeper Jay-Edwards put his first half behind him and produced four top drawer saves to keep the home team at bay.
Chirs Hill put the game beyond reach as he notched his first goal of the season.
Player of the Day was captain Ryan Phillimore who held the backline together well.
Over 35s League
Northern United Seniles 4 Cambridge D1 4
Cambridge D1s are in fourth place on the nine-team table after drawing with Northern United Seniles who remain winless this season.
The team were ahead most of their game but dropped two points when conceding with only three minutes left.
Having led 2-1 at half-time, Cambridge were leading 4-3 when the Seniles got their fourth in the 88th minute.
Scorers were Miguel Peterle, who notched a hat-trick, and Harry Bomans.
The D1s have a bye next week (May 8).
Cambridge (Team 2) 0 Claudelands Rover 7
Cambridge lost this clash of the veterans 7-0 after trailing 3-0 at half-time at John Kerkhof Park.
The team travels to Northern United Gaffers next weekend who will offer a stiff challenge as they are one of the competition’s form teams.
Waikato Women’s Division 2
Cambridge 4 Thames 0
Cambridge beat last season’s champions Thames 4-0 after cruising to a 3-0 lead in the first half.
U-15s: Cambridge 1 v Papamoa 3
Cambridge are still looking for their first win of the season after a 3-1 loss to Papamoa.
It was another good game of flowing passing football with lots of skill on show and lots of chances for Designer Homeware Cambridge U15s but unfortunately the side still couldn’t get the result.
After dominating the first 20 minutes, Cambridge went a goal down to a penalty. The momentum shifted slightly after that for the rest of the first half. Papamoa went 2-0 up early in the second half with a great left foot volley before Cameron Smith pulled one back for Cambridge with the second penalty of the game.
Both teams created lots of chances before Papamoa sealed the game in the 72th minute after a scramble inside the box resulted in their third goal. Player of the Day for Cambridge was goalkeeper Matthew Simpson.
U-13s: Cambridge 4 Blue Rovers (Blue) 3
The Cambridge U-13 WaiBOP Federation team, who are proud to have Get Wet Waikato and BTG Electrical as sponsors this year, had a tough 4-3 win against Tauranga Blue Rovers “Blue”.
The first half saw all the scoring, with both teams playing good football. The scoring seesawed for the first half with Cambridge eventually leading at half time thanks to goals from Luke Brooke-Smith, Jaxson Makgill, Jesse Macdonald and Max Mitchell.
Though scoreless, the second half was not without drama as both teams continued to play good quality football mixed with some tough tackling and defence. In the end, Cambridge were able to hold on and win 4-3.
Both teams played well and showed some great football to all the supporters from both Tauranga and the usual strong local contingent.