Three wins and three draws marked a successful Saturday for Cambridge’s senior men’s teams while the club’s women’s team secured a win on Sunday.
Importantly, the four wins ensured Cambridge remain in the race for four league titles.
Players observe a minute’s silence before the WaiBOP Championship match to honour the memory of Ngaruawahia United president Jared Williams and Cambridge supporter Thomas O’Donnell, both of whom died in the past week.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Lotto NRFL second division
Cambridge 1 Papatoetoe 0
The Reds racked up their fifth win in a row to reinforce their claims as promotion contenders.
Cambridge 2 Papatoetoe 2
A late goal denied Cambridge the win in this tight encounter at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge 4 Te Puke United 1
Cambridge retained their lead of the WaiBOP Championship with an emphatic win against Te Puke United.
Waikato Division 1
Cambridge – bye
Waikato Division 4
Cambridge 5 Matamata 2
Cambridge got off to an awful start, slumping to a 2-0 deficit against an enthusiastic Matamata side that began well at the Cambridge Athletics Ground.
The home side recovered and found the net through a Chris Hill penalty just before the break.
In the second half, Cambridge found their groove and Andrew Myers soon made the breakthrough to level the scores at 2-2.
Goalkeeper Saxon Jay-Edwards then kept Cambridge in the game, saving a penalty and giving his side a boost of confidence.
Hill put Cambridge in front with an excellent strike from outside the box, finding the top right corner.
Further goals from Shane Gray and Nicolas Simonunnci gave Cambridge a comfortable winning margin.
Player of the Day was Hill.
The win sets up a top-of-the-table showdown next weekend against title rivals West Hamilton United.
Main photo: Cambridge goalkeeper Jay Saxon Edwards holds out Matamata. Image: David Hunter.
From the Division 4 match – please click on image to open to full size
Over 35s League
Northern United Old Boys 1 Cambridge D1 1
Northern United and Cambridge shared the points in this over 35s match in Hamilton.
United took a first-half lead through a Cambridge own goal.
That was how the teams turned around and Cambridge levelled in the second spell through Greg Burns.
Player of the Day was Dylan Stringer.
West Hamilton United Floppy Noodles 1 Cambridge (Team 2) 1
Missed opportunities cost Cambridge the chance to win this open game at West Hamilton.
Cambridge went ahead after 15 minutes when a well-worked passing move saw Gary Smith score his fifth goal of the season.
Ten minutes later, a high cross into the Cambridge box caused confusion as sun strike made it difficult to clear, giving an own goal to West Hamilton.
That’s how the score stayed for the next hour, with the teams settling for a 1-1 draw.
Waikato Women’s Division 2
Melville United 2 Cambridge 3
Cambridge thwarted a strong Melville fightback to hold on for an important win that keeps their title hopes alive.
U-13s: Cambridge 5 Blue Rovers Yellow 1
Details to come.
U-15s: Cambridge 2 Papamoa 1
This was probably the first game this season the U-15s have been solid for the full 80 minutes which started from the kick-off with Cambridge having two shots which drew good saves inside the first four minutes.
Despite hardly getting out of their half, Papamoa hung tough and competed well at the back and did not concede so the halftime score was 0-0.
Within seconds of the resumption, William Pratt opened the scoring for Cambridge with his first goal of the season.
Five minutes later, Pratt doubled his goal tally and Cambridge’s score with another well-taken goal.
Papamoa scored at 53 minutes from a well-taken free kick which went beneath the wall from just outside the box to reduce the deficit.
Cambridge kept playing positive football but couldn’t convert any more of their chances and the score stayed at 2 to 1 for the rest of the game.
Overall a great team performance with the centre back pairing of Matthew Jordan and Ollie Robertson combining exceptionally well and Pratt earning the Player of the Day for his performance.
Cambridge High School’s first XI had no fixture this weekend.
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.