Cambridge FC will start the 2022 season with two teams in the final stages of the Waikato Plate knockout competitions.
The men’s Division 1 team and the women’s team have reached the semi-finals of their respective Plate competitions.
Due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the semi-finals and final will be held over until early in 2022, providing the two Cambridge teams with extra incentive to start the year in good form.
On Saturday October 2, the Chris Petropoulos-coached Division 1 team won their quarter-final 3-1, thanks to a Kieran Ashburner hat-trick at Waihi.
The home side took an early lead but Cambridge came back strongly, with Ashburner finding the net three times before the break.
The sides played out a goalless second half, ensuring Cambridge go into the semi-final draw with three teams from Waikato Unicol – their teams known as Veterans, Development and Gold.
Meanwhile, Cambridge women moved into the semi-finals with a win by default a week earlier, when Kawerau Sports decided to withdraw from the Plate.
Joining Cambridge in the semi-finals draw will be West Hamilton United, Claudelands Rovers Division 1 and Taupo.