Cambridge senior teams registered some key wins at the weekend, earning valuable competition points in the Lotto NRFL second division and the WaiBOP Championship.
As well, Cambridge’s Waikato Division 4 team kept their unbeaten run intact.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Lotto NRFL second division
UniMount Bohemian Celtic 2 Cambridge 3
The Reds came out on top in another high scoring Lotto NRFL game, with goals from Jack Portegys, Marc Glenister and Aston Hurd.
UniMount Bohemian Celtic 7, Cambridge 0
In the reserves match, UniMount beat an under-strength Cambridge 7-0.
Te Puke United 0, Cambridge 2
Cambridge maintained their tilt at the WaiBOP Championship title with a 2-0 win at Te Puke United.
Waikato Division 1
Cambridge 1 West Hamilton United 1
Cambridge played out a 1-1 draw with West Hamilton Reserves at John Kerkhof Park.
Both teams played some excellent football in an end-to-end game with lots of exciting play.
West Ham took the lead in the first half but Cambridge remained strong and didn’t deserve to go in at the break 1-0 down.
In the second half, Cambridge turned on the style and got an equaliser from the penalty spot after striker Peter Buesnel was cleaned out by the West Ham ‘keeper who was given a straight red card.
Buesnel stepped up and slotted a well-taken penalty into the back of the net. It was his 100th senior goal for the club.
Cambridge piled on the pressure but couldn’t get the winner and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The team put in an excellent performance with Nathan Claridge getting the Player of the Day award for an exceptional performance in defence.
Coach Chris Petropoulos said: “I’m very proud of the boys; they gave me everything and we are starting to put in some great team performances and the future looks promising for them.”
Waikato Division 4
Cambridge 3 Morrinsville 1
Cambridge’s unbeaten start to the 2021 season continued with a well-worked 3-1 win against Morrinsville at John Kerkhof Park.
The game did not start as planned with a Morrinsville player going down in the penalty area, earning a penalty. Despite goalkeeper Saxon Jay-Edwards getting his hand to the ball, it wasn’t enough to steer it wide and the visitors were a goal up.
A determined solo run by Andrew Myers got Cambridge level as he wriggled through a mass of players and tucked the ball past the ‘keeper.
Cambridge took the lead just before half time when a long-range Chris Hill free-kick was fumbled into the back of the net by the Morrisville ‘keeper.
Midway through the second half, Myers found the back of the net again giving Cambridge a two-goal buffer and the chance to shut out the visitors for the rest of the match.
Player of the Day was right back Jack Harman who shut down one of the opposition’s key players.
Photo gallery 1
Thanks to photographer Deborah Hunter for the following images from the Division 4 match – please click on image to open to full size
Photo gallery 2
Images from the Division 4 match – please click on image to open to full size
Over 35s League
Northern United Gaffers 1 Cambridge (Team 2) 0
A goal in the 25th minute was the deciding this factor in the game at Hamilton’s Korikori Park.
Player-coach Nick Sickelmore said the Cambridge team held their shape well for the game and created goalscoring opportunities but could not break the United defence.
The D1s had a bye this week.
Waikato Women’s Division 2
Ngaruawahia United 1 Cambridge 5
Cambridge went top of the table with their third win in a row, beating Ngaruawahia United 5-1 at Centennial Park.
U-13s: Blue Rovers (Yellow) 2 Cambridge 13
Cambridge travelled to Tauranga and ran up a big score by playing one and two-touch football.
Scorers for Cambridge were Luca Savage (3), Jaxson Makgill (2), Jordyn Haysom (2), Sam Leyland (2), Max Mitchell (2) Cameron Spence and Ashton de Roo.
The U-15s had a bye this weekend.