Club hosts three big games on Super Saturday

Club hosts three big games on Super Saturday

Cambridge hosts its biggest day of club football this weekend with three matches likely to prove vital in the chase for titles and trophies.

The games are:

Cambridge v Tauranga Old Blues (WaiBOP Premiership & WaiBOP Challenge Shield)
John Kerkhof Park, 2.45pm

League leaders Cambridge host third-placed Tauranga Old Blues in a match that is a classic ‘six-pointer’.

A win to Cambridge will push their lead over the Bay team to nine points (with five rounds to go), almost ensuring the title race is reduced to the faltering challenge by an out-of-form Waikato Unicol (who have taken only four points from their last six games).

But a loss to Tauranga Old Blues will put pressure on Cambridge, reducing their lead over Blues to a mere three points.

A win or draw for Cambridge will ensure the WaiBOP Challenge Shield stays at John Kerkhof Park.

Cambridge v Tauranga Old Blues (WaiBOP Championship)
John Kerkhof Park, 12.30pm

Cambridge now lead the Championship by five points but still have to play nearest rivals Tauranga City United and Waikato Unicol in the run-in to the title.

Both those games are at John Kerkhof Park, giving Cambridge an edge, but three points in this weekend’s match against Tauranga Old Blues will put the challengers under pressure.

(Tauranga City United and Waikato Unicol meet on August 19, meaning one or both could drop out of the title race.)

Top scorer James Cakebread misses this weekend’s game through suspension but will return in time for the rest of Cambridge’s campaign.

Cambridge B v Melville United B (semi-final, Soccer Shop Waikato Cup)
John Kerkhof Park, 2.45pm

These two experienced sides meet in a sudden death cup tie that will decide which of them meets the winners of Melville United A or Otorohanga B in the big final.

Melville have had the better of this season’s Waikato Division B matches between the teams but cup football can inspire players to great things and Cambridge goes into the match with every chance.

The striking duo of Peter Buesnel (26 league and cup goals) and Jason Szabo (17 goals) will be a handful for the Melville defence.

Last year, Cambridge hosted the Waikato Cup Final, a gala day that attracted more than 800 spectators.

This year, it would be fitting if our club could have a side reach the showcase event.

Other games

Cambridge’s men’s A team travels to Ngaruawahia United for a 2.45pm match against that club’s first team – a side that were playing Northern League football until the end of last season.

The D1 team has a bye this weekend while the Cambridge D2s travel to West Hamilton United (12.30pm).

On Sunday, the boys U-14s travel to Hamilton Wanderers (11am) in the WaiBOP Federation Youth League while the U-12s go to Claudelands Rovers (10am) in the WaiBOP Federation Junior League.

The club’s two women’s sides both have byes.

The only game at John Kerkhof Park on Sunday features the Red Devils who play a friendly against Hillcrest Rovers, starting at 1pm.

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Date Added: Thursday, 10th August 2017
Link: How Cambridge won the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield