Cambridge’s senior men’s teams had a successful Saturday with four wins and a draw.
The Reds won their third Lotto NRFL second division game in a row. The U-23s completed back-to-back wins for the first time. And a 2-1 win at Tokoroa kept Cambridge at the top of the WaiBOP Championship.
Meanwhile, the club’s Division 4 team kept up their challenge for the league title with a 4-2 win at Putaruru.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Lotto NRFL second division
Greenhithe Catimba 2 Cambridge 3
The Reds went into half-time with a three-goal lead but had to repel a Catimba comeback to win their third game in a row.
Greenhithe Catimba 0 Cambridge 3
The U-23s claimed back-to-back wins with an emphatic 3-0 at Greenhithe’s Rosedale Park.
Tokoroa 1 Cambridge 2
A storming start was the key to Cambridge’s latest win in the WaiBOP Championship and the win keeps the team top of the table.
Waikato Division 1
Cambridge 1 Claudelands Rovers Squatters 1
A late goal deprived Cambridge of a win in this evenly-contested match at John Kerkhof Park.
Striker Peter Buesnel gave Cambridge an early lead, chipping over the ‘keeper from 25 metres for his 15th club goal of the season.
That’s how the teams turned around at half-time.
With five minutes left, Rovers found an equaliser.
Main photo: Cambridge cut out a Rovers attack in the Division 1 match at John Kerkhof Park.
The Division 1 team has been draw away to Waihi in the quarter final of the Waikato Plate, to be played on September 4.
Here’s our coverage of the Division 1 match against Claudelands Rovers. Please click on image to open to full size
Waikato Division 4
Putaruru Rangers 2 Cambridge 4
Cambridge kept up their challenge for the division four title with a 4-2 win at Putaruru.
Andrew Myers led the way with a hat trick and a performance that earned him the Player of the Day.
Myers also provided the assist for Cambridge’s other goal, scored by Kevin Grace.
Over 35s League
Ngaruawahia United v Cambridge D1
This match has been postponed till August 28.
Cambridge (Team 2) 3 v Northern United Old Boys 4
Cambridge surrendered a 3-1 half-time lead to lose this entertaining game played at the Cambridge Athletics Ground.
The home side benefitted early from goals scored by Tim Bailey, Kelly Remkes and Luke Macris, all of whom found the net for the first time this season.
But a strong comeback from Northern United turned the tables and left Cambridge ruing what might have been.
In the words of player coach Nick Sickelmore, it was a classic example of “a game of two halves”.
Waikato Women’s Division 2
Cambridge had a bye this weekend.
U-12s: Cambridge v Taupo
This match was scheduled to play at John Kerkhof Park at 11am.
U-13s: Cambridge had a bye this weekend.
U-15s: Cambridge 2 Tauranga City 1
Cameron Smith opened the scoring for Cambridge at John Kerkhof Park with a well-taken penalty as half-time approached, after the Tauranga goalkeeper was penalised for a foul on a Cambridge player.
Tauranga leveled after 54 minutes with a smart finish after a goalmouth scramble from a corner.
The game swung back and forth until the 71st minute when Lucah De Roo superbly finished a well-crafted move through the middle.
The effort from both teams went up a notch for the last ten minutes but neither team could break the deadlock.
After the game, team manager Gary Kelk thanked parents Gina Sickelmore and Adele Leyland for providing the aftermatch food.
Cambridge High School’s first XI beat Hillcrest High 2-1 at Jansen Park on Saturday.
CHS will play some of their home games under the lights at John Kerkhof Park so please watch this website for news of upcoming fixtures.