Cambridge have taken the lead in men’s and women’s competitions with vital wins over the weekend (June 18-20).
A 3-2 win by Cambridge at Otumoetai has given them the lead in the WaiBOP Championship.
A 9-0 win by Cambridge against Claudelands Rovers keeps the club top of the Waikato Women’s Division Two table.
Meanwhile, a 4-1 win against leaders Tokoroa at John Kerkhof Park has kept Cambridge in the hunt for Waikato Division Four honours with the men level on points with West Hamilton United, separated only by goal difference.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Lotto NRFL second division
The Reds had no fixture this weekend.
The U-23s had no fixture this weekend.
Otumoetai 2 Cambridge 3
A goal in added time by Player of the Day Ryan Ashby got Cambridge a vital win and kept the team in contention for the WaiBOP Championship title.
Waikato Division 1
Melville United NOBS 7 Cambridge 2
A strong second-half performance by Melville United ensured a win for the home side, playing under lights at Gower Park on Friday night.
Melville adapted to the conditions quickest, taking a 2-0 lead within the opening twenty minutes.
Cambridge pulled back a goal with a good finish by Peter Buesnel but Melville increased their lead to 3-1 on the half-hour with a 35-metre lob over the ‘keeper.
Melville turned round with a 4-1 lead but Cambridge responded well, reducing the lead to 4-2 within three minutes of the restart through Kieran Ashburner.
However, Melville finished the game strongest, extending their lead to 7-2.
Floodlit action from Friday’s match between Melville United NOBS and Cambridge Division 1. Photo: Brandon Clarke.
Waikato Division 4
Cambridge 4 Tokoroa 1
Starting in heavy rain, Cambridge looked to back up last week’s win at Huntly Thistle with a strong performance against divisional leaders Tokoroa at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge thought they had got off to a flyer when Andrew Myers bore down on the Tokoroa ‘keeper and passed to Shane Gray to net but referee Chris Petropoulos decided it was an offside play.
Ten minutes later, Cambridge made the breakthrough when Peter Buesnel got his toe to the ball after a piece of scrappy play in the Tokoroa box.
Buesnel added his second soon after when he was played in behind the defensive line and finished one-on-one against the ‘keeper.
Buesnel completed his hat-trick before the break, ensuring Cambridge started the second half with a 3-0 buffer.
Midway through the second spell, Chris Hill headed the ball home from a corner.
With 10 minutes left, Tokoroa scored a consolation goal but Cambridge made sure it was not the start of a late comeback.
Cambridge attack down the left wing against Tokoroa.
Over 35s League
Cambridge D1 0 Melville United Old Boys 2
Cambridge came off second best in this end-to-end match played in good spirits at the Cambridge Athletics Ground.
Melville took a 2-0 lead into half-time and both sides suffered from a paucity of clear chances in the wet conditions.
Cambridge goalkeeper Paul Macann prevented Melville increasing their lead with an excellent penalty save in the second half. That and other saves earned him the Player of the Day award.
Main photo: Goalkeeper Paul Macann saves a penalty against Melville United.
Photo gallery – D1s
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Northern United Seniles 3, Cambridge (Team 2) 3
Cambridge’s Over 35s team 2 shared a thrilling 3-3 draw at Northern United Seniles.
The teams were locked 2-2 at the break and shared honours in the second half.
Goalscorers for Cambridge were Gary Smith, Jamie McKean and Jack Sickelmore.
Waikato Women’s Division 2
Claudelands Rovers 0 Cambridge 9
Cambridge stay top of the competition with a three-point lead over nearest rivals Ngaruawahia United after their 9-0 win at Galloway Park.
Sunday: WaiBOP Y-League
U-12s: Melville United 4 Cambridge 2
Cambridge dominated the first half on a soggy Gower Park pitch but could not capitalise and went in 0-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Cambridge took the lead through Kingston Storey’s well-taken shot from outside the box.
Cambridge doubled their lead with another fine effort from outside the box from Joseph Campbell.
Melville hit back with two quick goals, changing the momentum in the home side’s favour.
Melville took the lead with 10 minutes to play and though Cambridge pushed hard for an equaliser, Melville scored a fourth with the last kick of the game.
A great effort from Cambridge with standout performances all over the park, noticeably so from Ryley Bruce in defence who took out the Player of the Day award.
Next week the team plays Hamilton Wanderers away.
U-13s: Cambridge v Rotorua United – postponed
This match was postponed due to the closure of John Kerkhof Park following heavy overnight rain.
U-15s: Cambridge – bye
Our U-15s had no fixture this weekend.
Cambridge High School’s first XI were beaten 4-1 by Hamilton Boys’ High under floodlights at Gower Park on Friday night.
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.