Cambridge’s U-23s grabbed a welcome 1-0 win in Whangarei while the club kept up the pressure at the top of the WaiBOP Championship with a win in the Waipa derby.
Here’s how our teams fared:
Lotto NRFL second division
Northland 3 Cambridge 1
The Reds returned from their longest trip of the season with no points but still hope for a promotion challenge.
Northland 0 Cambridge 1
Sixteen-year-old Matthew Jordan scored the winner with his first goal in senior club football.
Cambridge 3 Te Awamutu 1
Three first-half goals saw Cambridge to another win in the WaiBOP Championship and maintains their position at the top of the table.
Waikato Division 1
Cambridge 2 Matamata Swifts 2
Cambridge had the better of the first half of this excellent match at John Kerkhof Park, going into the break 2-1 up with both goals from leading scorer Peter Buesnel.
However Matamata came out best in the second half and though Cambridge defended well, they could not stop a long-range effort that tied up the score at 2-2.
Coach Chris Petropoulos said it was a “great game of football played in great spirts and was refereed very well”.
Player of the Day for Cambridge was Keyson MacKey who had an excellent game in defence.
“The boys played really well and showed a lot of heart and at times played some excellent football. I’m proud of the performance and the effort shown,” Petropoulos said.
Buesnel’s brace give him 19 club goals for the season and keep him at the top of the men’s Golden Boot table.
Next week, Cambridge travel to Porritt Stadium to take on Hamilton Wanderers Classics.
Waikato Division 4
Cambridge 3 Waihi 2
Cambridge made hard work of their 3-2 win against Waihi at the Cambridge Athletics Ground.
Chris Hill put the home side ahead from the penalty spot after a Waihi defender handled in the box.
The visitors equalised just before half-time, sending the teams into the break 1-1.
Waihi took the lead early in the second half before Andrew Myers headed home a corner to tie the game up at 2-2.
Jack Harman earned Cambridge a get-out-of-jail card when his low-driven shot was fumbled by the Waihi ‘keeper and into the goal for the matchwinner.
The scrappy win ensures the team will finish no worse than second in a hugely successful season.
Player of the Day was goalkeeper Saxon Jay-Edwards.
Main photo: Cambridge in action against Waihi at the Athletics Ground.
Over 35s League
Northern United Gaffers 2 Cambridge D1 1
Cambridge played with a strong first-half wind that tore the length of the Korokori Park pitch but Northern United were still able to go into the break with a one-goal lead.
Cambridge fought back in the second half and Mariano Castellon levelled in the 55th minute.
With 10 minutes to go, a Northern United cross drifted into the top corner of the goal, giving the home side a 2-1 win.
Player of the Day for Cambridge was Jamie Coomber who anchored the defence from centre back.
Cambridge Team 2 – Bye
Waikato Women’s Division 2
Morrinsville 0 Cambridge 4
Cambridge beat Morrinsville 4-0 to keep alive their title hopes.
U-12s: Cambridge v Melville United
U-13s: Cambridge 8 Papamoa 0
U-15s: Cambridge 3 Rotorua United 1
Cambridge finished their league season on a high note, beating competition winners Rotorua United at John Kerkhof Park.
Playing in cold and slippery conditions, both sides managed to play constructive passing football.
Rotorua took the lead after 10 minutes but Cambridge then began to dominate possession and territory and were rewarded in the 37th minute when Rahim Nabizada levelled in his second game back after a long-term injury.
After turning around at 1-1, Cambridge created a number of chances before the season’s top scorer, Cameron Smith, struck from outside the box, sending the ball into the top right corner and giving the United goalkeeper no chance.
Rotorua came back strongly, pressing for an equaliser, but with two minutes left, William Pratt sealed the win, following up a shot that rebounded from the Rotorua ‘keeper.
The match demonstrated how much the team has improved over the season and coaches thanked referee Nick Sickelmore, and Adele Leyland and Jina Sickelmore for cooking up a great feast for players and supporters.