Spectators at John Kerkhof Park can hardly complain they didn’t see goal action at the weekend as senior men’s and women’s teams scored 19 goals on home turf.
The goals came in the WaiBOP Championship (5), over 35s (9) and women’s league (5) though the club’s other senior teams had sparser returns on the road.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Lotto NRFL second division
Franklin United 4 Cambridge 1
Two late goals ruined any chance of a Reds fightback as Franklin United registered a 4-1 win at Pukekohe’s Bledisloe Park.
Franklin United 2 Cambridge 2
Cambridge’s U-23s showed spirit, fighting back from 2-0 down to grab a deserved draw at Pukekohe.
Cambridge 5 Papamoa 3
A dramatic last seven minutes that saw a penalty, two red cards and two goals delivered a high-scoring win for Cambridge as they retained their lead in the WaiBOP Championship.
Waikato Division 1
Matamata Swifts 0 Cambridge 1
Goalkeeper Henk Bertelink kept Cambridge’s hopes alive for most of this game, making a number of excellent saves at Matamata Domain.
Cambridge started brightly and for the first 20 minutes, were well on top, creating a number of chances to take the lead.
But Matamata’s reserves were patient and worked their way into the match, forcing Bertelink to work hard to enable his side to go into the interval with no score.
The second half belonged to Matamata as Cambridge struggled to compete against a more determined and fitter team.
Late in the game, Matamata found a winner, despite Bertelink’s efforts, and they saw out the remaining time for a deserved 1-0 win.
Waikato Division 4
Waihi 1 Cambridge 1
Cambridge are third on the division 4 table, within two points of leaders Tokoroa, after earning a 1-1 draw at Waihi.
The first half was goalless despite plenty of opportunities for both teams to take the lead.
In the second half, Shane Gray drilled home a penalty after he was taken down in the box.
With 10 minutes to go, Waihi were awarded a penalty. They found the back of the net, leaving the sides 1-1 at full time
The division 4 team’s focus is now on next week’s Waikato Cup second round tie against Northern United’s division 3 side.
Over 35s League
Cambridge D1 9 Northern United Gaffers 6
Highest scoring game of the season so far belongs to the Cambridge D1 over-35s who ran out 9-6 winners against Northern United Gaffers at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge went 3-1 by half-time and then the second half saw 11 goals – on average one every four minutes!
Goalscorers for Cambridge were Miguel Peterle (4), Ben Ward (3), Mariano Castellon and Greg Zeuren.
The visitors must have been left wondering how they could score six goals and still end up on the losing side.
Cambridge (Team 2) – bye
Waikato Women’s Division 2
Cambridge 5 Morrinsville 0
Cambridge continue to lead the division with their sixth league win in a row.
U-12s: Cambridge 1 Northern United 2
A close game where Northern took an early lead in the first half before Mylo Maloney levelled with a long-range shot.
Northern regained the lead to go in at the break 2-1.
Cambridge fought hard in the second half but Northern held firm for the win 2-1 final score.
U-13s: Cambridge 13 Tauranga City Black 0
U-15s: Cambridge 1 Claudelands Rovers 4
Cambridge started well and were rewarded with a penalty after 18 minutes.
However, the Claudelands Rovers goalkeeper saved the penalty and his side responded with a headed goal from a corner.
Another corner after 35′ saw Rovers score again but Theo Susilla responded for Cambridge with a well-struck shot from the edge of the penalty area.
After the restart, a defensive mix-up provided Claudelands with their third goal and they put the result beyond doubt with a penalty in the 66th minute.
Cambridge players who contributed good performances included Kyan Ballantyne, Cameron Smith and Wills Leyland.
Cambridge High School’s first XI beat Rototuna High School 3-1 away on Saturday.
CHS will play up to eight home games under the lights at John Kerkhof Park so please watch this website for news of upcoming fixtures.