First Team - WaiBOP Premiership
Tokoroa 1 v Cambridge 4
22 Apr 2017
Cambridge are through to the next round of football’s oldest competition, the Chatham Cup, after an emphatic 4-1 win against Tokoroa.
Playing in the cup’s preliminary round at Tokoroa’s Strathmore Reserve, Cambridge took the lead after 27 minutes when skipper Patrick Woodlock headed home from a corner.
The visitors’ lead lasted only five minutes as Tokoroa’s Connor Wood found an equaliser, sending the sides into the half-time break at 1-1.
In the second half, Cambridge took control with goals from striker DJ Latham in the 59th and 76th minutes, and from Sam Garmonsway in the 72nd.
For Latham, it meant he extended his excellent goalscoring form having now scored six goals in three games since transferring to Cambridge.
Cambridge’s control over the final stages of the game was made easier when Tokoroa’s Keegan Willis was sent off.
Cambridge now go into the ISPS Handa Chatham Cup’s draw for the first round proper.
Cambridge 7 v Papamoa 0
08 Apr 2017
A hat-trick by new striker Donovan Latham spearheaded an impressive 7-0 win by Cambridge against Papamoa in football’s WaiBOP Premiership.
The 19-year-old, who signed from Ngaruawahia United over summer, struck in the 5th, 47th and 90th minutes to enjoy a memorable first appearance at John Kerkhof Park.
This followed his first goal for the club last weekend when his late goal earned Cambridge a 1-1 draw at Taupo.
Playing in ideal conditions, Cambridge defied their habit of slow starts, racing to a 3-0 lead in the game’s first quarter.
After Latham opened the score, 17-year-old debutant Kyle Stead doubled Cambridge’s lead when he chipped the Papamoa goalkeeper in the 13th minute.
Striker Adam Brady used his pace to race through the Papamoa defence in the 22nd minute, slotting a well-placed shot into the corner of the goal.
Papamoa stemmed the flow for the rest of the half but Cambridge came out re-energised for the second spell with Latham’s second goal and a penalty from captain Patrick Woodlock in the opening minutes.
As the visitors tired, Cambridge substitute Callum MacLeod rounded his defended to strike a fine angled goal with five minutes to go.
Another substitute, Andrew Taylor, was unlucky not to score, striking a long-distance effort that was tipped over the bar.
There was still time for Latham’s third goal and Cambridge can be satisfied with a comfortable win.
Taupo 1 v Cambridge 1
01 Apr 2017
A second-half comeback earned Cambridge a valuable point at newly-promoted Taupo in the opening round of this year’s WaiBOP Premiership.
After trailing 1-0 at the break, new signing Donovan ‘DJ’ Latham scored on his debut, with five minutes left, to clinch a 1-1 draw for Cambridge at Taupo’s Crown Park.
Opening day games have traditionally produced upsets – Cambridge lost last year’s opener 2-1 to Waikato Unicol – and Taupo were clearly focussed on showing their elevation to the top regional league was no fluke.
They attacked from the start and took a second-minute lead through Finlay Smith.
For half an hour, Cambridge patiently tried to nullify the Taupo enthusiasm and while the home side had plenty of possession, they could not create goalscoring opportunities.
As half-time approached, a tangle between Cambridge defender Danny Styles and a Taupo forward saw a straight red and the home side reduced to 10 men.
That enabled Cambridge to wear down Taupo in the second half and with youngsters such as Theo Petropolous and Aaron Huesser – another first team debutant – working hard, the visitors were eventually rewarded.
The team hosts its first home game of the season next Saturday (April 8) with the visit of Papamoa who have lost key players from last year and lost their opening day derby 4-0 to Otumoetai.
Old Blues 2 v Cambridge 3
03 Sep 2016
Cambridge have edged closer to securing this year’s runners-up spot in the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership with a 3-2 win at Tauranga’s Old Blues.
Trailing 2-0 at half-time to goals by Karl Bryant and Franz Marko, Cambridge produced a strong second half performance to secure the win.
Cambridge’s goals came from Kieran Hill, Glen Carmichael and Tom Woutersen.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was striker James Young.
The win puts Cambridge in second place on the 12-team table, behind unbeaten Ngongotaha who have already been crowned champions.
Cambridge are level on points with Matamata Swifts but have a significantly better goal difference. To be sure of second place, Cambridge need at least a draw from their final game against relegation-threatened Tauranga Boys College or for Matamata to lose in their last game, to Ngongotaha.
Matamata Swifts 2 v Cambridge 0
27 Aug 2016
Cambridge conceded a goal in each half to lose their Loaded WaiBOP Premiership local derby 2-0 against Matamata Swifts.
With unbeaten Ngongotaha already confirmed as champions, the match was expected to help decide which club finishes runners-up.
But for Cambridge to make second spot, they now need to win their remaining two games and for Matamata to lose their final game to Ngongotaha.
In the first half, Matamata had the benefit of a firm wind, forcing Cambridge to play on the flat.
After half an hour, it looked as though the teams were heading for a goalless half with Cambridge due to get the wind advantage in the second spell.
However Matamata’s Logan Raynel found the net to send the Swifts into the break ahead.
Cambridge played further forward in the second half but the wind eased and Matamata increasingly gained in confidence, and Ben Vogt put the result beyond doubt with eight minutes to go.
The side travels to Tauranga next weekend for a re-scheduled match against Old Blues.
Photo: Tom Woutersen is upended in an attempt to win the ball.
Cambridge 1 v Ngongotaha 2
20 Aug 2016
Cambridge face a late-season battle for runners-up spot in football’s Loaded WaiBOP Premiership after losing their title to unbeaten Ngongotaha.
The Bay of Plenty side beat Cambridge 2-1 in a thrilling encounter at John Kerkhof Park.
The win was enough to ensure the title goes to Ngongotaha and Cambridge will now compete with third-placed Matamata Swifts to see who takes second place on the table.
Despite missing several key players through injury, Cambridge started the game at full tilt, causing Ngongotaha problems from set pieces, incisive runs through the middle and by challenging for every ball.
Striker Jason Szabo, promoted to the side after a spell in the reserves, put the home side ahead after only nine minutes with a superb controlled volley from in front of goal.
Soon after, he found the net again only to see referee Stuart Blake rule offside.
Cambridge dominated the rest of the half, with Glen Carmichael blocked by the ‘keeper when trying to round him and another shot hitting the post.
In the second half, Ngongotaha emerged more like the team that has gone 38 games since last losing a match – to Cambridge last April.
They showed more confidence and commitment and started putting Cambridge under pressure.
A turning point in the match came when Szabo was sent off after a scuffle with a defender.
Ngongotaha’s second half pressure paid off with goals from Eamon O’Donoghue and Matt Miller.
The last quarter of the game saw the teams deadlocked and Ngongotaha counted down the minutes to a victory their travelling supporters will long remember.
The Cambridge players formed a line to applaud the new champions off the pitch, a sporting gesture much appreciated by the visitors.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was goalkeeper Fraser Nichols who made a number of key saves, distributed well and directed his defenders with confidence.
Cambridge travel to Matamata on Saturday for a match that may well decide the runners-up berth.
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Otumoetai 0 v Cambridge 0
13 Aug 2016
Cambridge look likely to lose their Waikato/Bay of Plenty football champions title after dropping two points to Otumoetai in a scoreless draw.
The 0-0 result in the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership means Cambridge sit in second place on the table but 11 points behind unbeaten leaders Ngongotaha who ran out easy 6-1 winners over third-placed Matamata Swifts.
The results mean Cambridge can, theoretically, overhaul Ngongotaha but only if the Bay side loses all their remaining fixtures and Cambridge win all their games.
Cambridge can at least delay what seems inevitable when the top two teams meet next Saturday (August 20) at John Kerkhof Park, a game that could see Ngongotaha seal their title.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day against Otumoetai was captain Patrick Woodlock.
Cambridge 4 v Rotorua United 2
06 Aug 2016
Cambridge extended their unbeaten Loaded WaiBOP Premiership run to eight games with a workmanlike 4-2 win against Rotorua United at John Kerkhof Park.
The home side got off to a flying start with a well-worked move which left striker Tom Woutersen with a straightforward shot from 10 metres in the centre of goal.
But taking the lead seemed to take the sense of urgency from Cambridge and the side coasted for the rest of the first half, barely threatening to add to the lead.
Into the second spell, Cambridge ramped up their effort and quickly doubled their margin when referee Brendan Coker awarded a penalty for a foul inside the Rotorua box.
Rotorua goalkeeper Andrew Gibbs dived to his left and Jason Chewins smashed the spot kick up the middle.
Cambridge’s youngsters then took charge, increasing the pace of the game and controlling possession in wintry conditions.
Teenager Logan Wisnewski deservedly scored Cambridge’s third goal on the hour, and another first-year senior, Quest Tipping, added another in the 68th minute.
Again, Cambridge eased off, knowing they had the game won.
Rotorua took advantage with Ash Gower-Rudman picking up a couple of goals to make the scoreline more respectable but also to remind Cambridge of the need to remain vigilant for a full ninety minutes.
Wisnewski was the Carters Cambridge Player of the Day.
The win leaves Cambridge in second place on the table, nine points behind unbeaten Ngongotaha who beat Tauranga City United 8-0.
Both teams have five games to go and for Cambridge to retain their WaiBOP title, they need to keep winning while Ngongotaha must lose at least three of their remaining fixtures.
One of those is against Cambridge at John Kerkhof Park on August 20 – and anything but a home win will almost certainly give the regional title to Ngongotaha.
The match programme for the Rotorua game can be downloaded here:
Tauranga Boys College 2 v Cambridge 5
30 Jul 2016
With six games to go, Cambridge badly needs league leaders Ngongotaha to slip up for the club to successfully defend its Loaded WaiBOP Premiership title.
Ngongotaha beat fourth-placed Otumoetai 1-0 to remain unbeaten for the season and ahead of second-placed Cambridge whose 5-2 win at Tauranga Boys College extend their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Cambridge continue to score plenty of goals as they chase Ngongotaha and the win at Tauranga showed the team’s firepower.
Callum MacLeod, a teenager in his debut senior season, scored a hat-trick with goals in the 17th, 56th and 73rd minutes, giving him 14 goals for the season.
He leads the team’s Golden Boot table, ahead of Tom Woutersen, Jason Chewins and Jason Szabo, all of whom have netted nine times.
Woutersen scored twice at Tauranga, five minutes before and five minutes after the half-time break. Charlie McIlwaine scored both of the college team’s goals.
MacLeod was the Carters Cambridge Player of the Day.
Third-placed Matamata Swifts also won, to remain behind Cambridge on goal difference. They won 4-1 against Rotorua United, the side that meets Cambridge next weekend at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge 6 v Katikati 1
23 Jul 2016
A Kieran Hill hat-trick scored within a nine-minute spell sealed an easy win for Cambridge over Katikati in the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership.
Hill, who had not found the net so far this season, rediscovered his finishing style with goals scored in the 76th, 79th and 85th minutes of the game at John Kerkhof Park.
Playing in slippery conditions, Cambridge started well and went ahead through captain Patrick Woodlock after 8 minutes.
Sam Garmansway scored his fourth goal of the season to double Cambridge’s lead in the 33rd minute.
Josh Clark, playing his last game before returning to play college football in the United States, then made it 3-0 just before the interval.
Despite their first-half dominance, Cambridge eased off for a 20-minute spell after the break, allowing Katikati to battle their way back into contention.
Referee Stu Blake awarded a penalty against Cambridge, for a mis-timed tackled by Nathan Claridge, and Silver Kelder found the net past goalkeeper Fraser Nichols.
Then came Hill’s deadly spell with goals cleverly manufactured by his team mates whose patience and careful build-up play finally paid off.
The win keeps Cambridge in second place on the table, still chasing leaders Ngongotaha (4-1 winners against Rotorua United) and ahead on goal difference from Matamata Swifts (3-0 victors against Tauranga Boys College).
Co-coach Brett Clark said after the match he was pleased with most of his team’s performance and they were determined to keep chasing Ngongotaha in the hope that the Bay of Plenty side would slip up.
“We still have to play them at home and we’ll just keep working away,” he said.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Josh Clark whose first half play, in particular, had put Katikati on the back foot.
Next weekend, Cambridge travel to Tauranga Boys College.
Photo: Glen Carmichael, Andrew Taylor and Kieran Hill outnumber their Katikati opponents. Photograph: Louis Roberts.
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Melville United 0 v Cambridge 6
16 Jul 2016
Cambridge recorded one of their best wins of the season when they over-ran rivals Melville United 6-0 in the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership.
Playing at Melville’s Gower Park, Cambridge needed a win to retain hopes of overhauling league leaders Ngongotaha and Matamata Swifts.
The visitors took the lead in the 24th minute when Jason Chewins, who has played for both clubs, found the net for Cambridge.
Striker Tom Woutersen, recalled to the first team after a spell in the reserves, added a second goal in the 33rd minute, giving Cambridge a useful 2-0 lead at half-time.
For half an hour in the second spell, Melville held off the Cambridge challenge but the game was finished off with three goals in seven minutes.
The speedy Andrew Taylor, who has made an excellent return to form this year after suffering a serious back injury last year, scored after 73 minutes.
Two minutes later, Glen Carmichael extended Cambridge’s lead to four goals before Woutersen added his second goal in the 80th minute.
As the game headed into added time, Sam Garmonsway rubbed salt into Melville’s footballing wounds as he scored the sixth goal.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was midfielder Danny Styles.
Cambridge 5 v Tauranga Old Blues 0
09 Jul 2016
Five goals from five players marked a resounding return to winning form as Cambridge over-ran Old Blues 5-0 in the Loaded WaiBOP Premiership.
After a disappointing 1-1 draw at Papamoa the week before, coaches Brett Clark and Mike Woodlock reshuffled their starting line-up for the match against Old Blues at John Kerkhof Park.
Youngster Logan Wisnewski got the home team on track with a well taken goal in the 18th minute.
Five minutes later, full back Kieran Hills turned a ball across the face of the Old Blues goalmouth for recalled striker Jack Taylor to scramble the ball home from close in.
The teams turned around with Cambridge 2-0 ahead and they increased their lead three minutes into the second spell when another recalled player, Danny Styles, set up Josh Clark who shot past the ‘keeper.
As the game wore on, and a biting wind sapped the players’ energy, Old Blues had a brief revival but Cambridge goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls pulled off an outstanding save and his defence repelled a succession of shots.
Styles put the result beyond doubt with a fourth goal in the 75th minute.
Wisnewski created the fifth goal in the dying minutes when his shot was parried by the ‘keeper but only into the path of Cambridge’s leading goalscorer, Callum MacLeod, who registered his 11th goal of the season.
Overall, Cambridge can be satisfied with a win that keeps them in touch with league leaders Ngongotaha and the much-improved Matamata Swifts.
The coaches gave their Carters Cambridge Player of the Day to the entire team, recognising the effort that went into the team’s performance.
Photo: Josh Clark takes on the Old Blues defence.
Papamoa 1 v Cambridge 1
02 Jul 2016
Cambridge have clawed their way to third spot in football’s Loaded WaiBOP Premiership after three of the four leading clubs all failed to win their weekend fixtures.
Cambridge returned from Papamoa with a 1-1 draw while rivals Matamata Swifts and Melville United both lost.
The result means Cambridge trail leaders Ngongotaha by nine points with 10 rounds of competition still to go.
Cambridge, the current WaiBOP champions, again conceded the first goal of the game at Papamoa – a habit this season – as Rikki Ringrose gave the home side a half-time lead.
However Cambridge’s Jason Chewins scored his eighth goal of the season to rescue a point for the visitors.
Next weekend, Cambridge host Tauranga’s Old Blues at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm kick off) with the visitors claiming a useful 3-2 win against Matamata in their last game.
Cambridge 4 v Waikato Unicol 2
25 Jun 2016
A second half revival got Cambridge home against Waikato Unicol in football’s WaiBOP Premiership.
Trailing 1-2 at the break, Cambridge found something extra in the sticky surface at John Kerkhof Park to eventually overcome the university team by 4-2.
“At half-time, we knew we had to score next to win the game,” Cambridge coach Brett Clark said after the game. “It wasn’t about winning by a big margin – it was just about winning and we got there in the end.”
Cambridge went into the game eager to avenge their opening day upset loss to Unicol but fell behind after 10 minutes.
Teenager Logan Wisnewski put Cambridge on the scoreboard after 24 minutes but the side conceded the lead again.
In the second half, Cambridge started to create chances and Glen Carmichael found the equaliser after 50 minutes with a cracking shot through a crowded defence.
Captain Patrick Woodlock then put Cambridge ahead for the first time with a 67th-minute header before youngster Quest Tipping finished off the game with his side’s fourth goal two minutes before the final whistle.
Cambridge’s win keeps them in touch with the Premiership leaders Ngongotaha – who beat Old Blues 8-0 – and Matamata Swifts who have emerged as title challengers.
“Every week, we say we need another win to inch our way up the table, and that’s what we have to do till the end of the season,” said Clark, with the side now halfway through its campaign to retain the Premiership title.
The Cambridge side contained four young players, all of whom are in their first season of senior football, including James Young who made his first team debut in the match.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Carmichael.
Match programme for the game:
Tauranga City United 1 v Cambridge 10
18 Jun 2016
Cambridge bounced back to winning form in football’s WaiBOP Premiership with an emphatic 10-1 victory against bottom-placed Tauranga City United.
After two league losses and an exit from the Chatham Cup, Cambridge were looking to recover and the match at Tauranga’s Links Ave ground provided the perfect opportunity.
Striker Jason Szabo opened the scoring in the 12th minute before the team’s leading goalscorer, Callum MacLeod, doubled the lead in the 21st minute.
Cambridge then lost defender Nathan Claridge to a red card on the half hour but playing a man short did not slow down the onslought.
Szabo added goals in the 30th and 40th minutes to complete a first-half hat-trick, allowing Cambridge to turn around with a 4-0 lead.
Tauranga began the second half stoutly but a three-goal burst in six minutes settled the match just past the hour.
Teenager Logan Wisnewski scored his first goal for the club’s first team before Jason Chewins and MacLeod found the net.
Sam Garmonsway scored a brace in the 77th and 80th minutes before Chewins gave his side double figures with a goal in the dying minutes.
Tauranga scored a consolation goal in the second half through Mikey Beacall but have been the league’s strugglers all season.
Next Saturday, Cambridge host Waikato Unicol at John Kerkhof Park (kick off 2.45pm) and will be looking to avenge their 2-1 loss from the opening day of the current season.
Cambridge 1 v Matamata Swifts 2
11 Jun 2016
Cambridge’s 11-month unbeaten home record has gone after local rivals Matamata Swifts won the teams’ derby match in football’s Loaded WaiBOP Premiership.
An own goal late in the match gave Matamata a 2-1 victory at John Kerkhof Park after the sides had been deadlocked 1-1 at the half-time.
Possibly showing signs of exertion after their two-match Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Cambridge were lethargic early in the game, allowing Matamata to work their way into a rhythmn.
The Swifts were rewarded when debutant Chris Walker broke clear, rounded Cambridge ‘keeper Rex Fowler and tapped the ball into an empty net.
Cambridge worked hard for the rest of the half and levelled two minutes before the interval when Jason Chewins expertly drilled home a direct free kick from outside the area.
The second half was evenly balanced but confusion in the Cambridge penalty area provided Matamata with the winning goal and the league points which keep them ahead of Cambridge, who now sit fifth on the table but with games in hand.
League leaders Ngongotaha dropped points for the first time this year, drawing 3-3 at Waikato Unicol and giving hope that Cambridge might still find a run of form that could see them retain their premiership title.
Cambridge travel to Tauranga City United next Saturday with an excellent opportunity to return to winning form, having beaten the Bay side 14-0 earlier this season.
Photo: Cambridge's Callum MacLeod and Josh Clark combine to rob Matamata of possession. Photo courtesy of Dwayne Barlow.
Match programme for the Matamata derby:
Central United 4 v Cambridge 2
06 Jun 2016
While Cambridge have been knocked out from football’s Chatham Cup, their performance against five-time winners Central United earned them much respect.
Cambridge were expected by many to struggle against the Auckland club who play three divisions higher and are the winter feeder club to national champions Auckland City FC.
Instead, Cambridge matched their opponents for much of the game before bowing out of football’s oldest club competition with a respectable 4-2 loss.
Cambridge showed no signs of nerves when the game started at Central’s Kiwitea Street ground – recently rated in a national poll as the 7th best sports ground in New Zealand.
Queen’s Birthday Monday sunshine and cup football ensured strong support for both clubs with many Cambridge supporters travelling north.
The visitors took a shock lead in the 16th minute when Glen Carmichael beat two defenders and then floated a perfectly-placed shot from 25 metres over the head of goalkeeper Danyon Drake.
Cambridge’s lead lasted only two minutes before Argentinian striker Emiliano Tade – the only player to have played in five consecutive FIFA World Club Cup tournaments for Auckland City – found the equaliser.
Central then showed their class, scoring twice more in the 20th and 24th minutes through Frenchman Vincent Pineau and Tade again.
Trailing 3-1, Cambridge could have folded but instead the side regrouped and for the remaining hour of the cup tie, held their own.
Youngsters Callum MacLeod, Logan Wisnewski and Quest Tipping – all playing their first season of senior football – showed confidence as they took on players with national league and international experience.
At the back, veteran Jason Chewins, Kieran Hill and American college players Matt Wheeler and Josh Clark defended tirelessly, repelling Central attacks.
But in the 78th minute, striker Nicholas Zambrano found a way through the Cambridge defence to make it 4-1.
Two minutes later, Chewins expertly played a ball wide to Cambridge’s leading goalscorer this season, MacLeod, and he kept calm to shoot past Drake from an acute angle.
After the match, Central coach José Figueira praised the Cambridge performance, acknowledging that Carmichael’s opening goal was outstanding. The goal helped earn Carmichael the Carters Cambridge Player of the Day.
Cambridge coach Brett Clark said while his team lost, sometimes they could accept results as “a good loss” and he was proud of the way the players had competed right to the final whistle.
Photograph: Glen Carmichael celebrates his goal at Kiwitea Street Photograph courtesy of Grant Stantiall.
Grant Stantiall’s portfolio of photographs from the Chatham Cup tie
Ngongotaha 2 v Cambridge 0
04 Jun 2016
Cambridge’s eight-match winning streak has ended with a 2-0 loss to WaiBOP Premiership title rivals Ngongotaha.
In a tense and even match, Ngongotaha converted their chances into goals while Cambridge were held goalless for the first time this year.
The loss means Cambridge must rely on another long run of victories to retain its Premiership title, with Ngongotaha slipping up at least once in their remaining 10 fixtures.
The top-of-the-table clash drew plenty of locals and Cambridge supporters to Ngongotaha’s Stembridge Road ground, eager to watch the two teams rated as the best in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty.
The home team took the lead in the 13th minute after a defensive mix-up gave Ngongotaha’s leading goalscorer Mitch Miller a clear shot from inside the penalty box.
Cambridge’s best chances in the first half came from a series of free kicks and corners but Ngongotaha’s strong defence dealt well with the high crosses.
The game’s crucial moment came five minutes before the break when Luke Barker doubled Ngongotaha’s lead, meaning Cambridge would be forced to chase the game during the second half.
Cambridge pushed men forward as the game wore on but Ngongotaha were well-drilled and held their lead.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Josh Clark who worked tirelessly and was on the receiving end of some bone-crunching tackles.
Both sides had goalscoring opportunities in the second half but time ran out and the home side were left to their celebrations as the win meant they retained the WaiBOP Challenge Shield, a trophy they took from Cambridge last July.
This important game over, the Cambridge squad headed home to regroup for their Chatham Cup tie 48 hours later against Central United at Auckland City FC’s Kiwitea Street ground.
Photo: Cambridge striker Adam Brady challenges for possession at Ngongotaha.
Cambridge 2 v Otumoetai 1
28 May 2016
Cambridge kept their nerve to overcome a hardworking Otumoetai side 2-1 in football’s WaiBOP Premiership.
After trailing for most of the game’s first hour at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge took the league points with late goals from the guileful Jason Szabo and substitute Adam Brady.
Achieving their eighth win in succession did not come easy for the Cambrige team – or their supporters – after a frustrating first half which saw Otumoetai take the lead through Matt Collins.
Cambridge looked set to equalise when referee Brendan Coker awarded a penalty when Jason Chewin’s direct free kick struck an Otumoetai arm in the defensive wall. However Chewin’s spot kick was well saved by the visiting goalkeeper.
In the second spell, Cambridge drew on their experience as Premiership title holders to maintain their calm in the belief they would gradually wear down their opponents. And so it proved.
Their reliable defence, which has conceded only six goals in the league, was ably controlled by former professional Chewins and Matt Wheeler, back in New Zealand from playing college football in Oklahoma.
Wheeler was the Carters Cambridge Player of the Day.
With Otumoetai shut out, the goals finally came from Szabo and Brady, two English imports who have been among the club’s leading goalscorers over the past couple of seasons.
Szabo calmed Cambridge nerves with the leveller almost on the hour and then Brady came off the bench to add spark to an attack that was finding the sticky surface difficult.
With eight minutes to go, Brady struck the winner and took the team into second place on the Premiership table.
Cambridge now sit three points behind leaders Ngongotaha but the two rivals meet next Saturday (2.45pm) for a fixture that is likely to have a major bearing on which club takes this season’s championship.
Two days after the top-of-the-table encounter, Cambridge travel to Auckland for a Queen’s Birthday Monday match (2pm) against the star-studded Central United in the Chatham Cup.
Photo: Jason Szabo celebrates his goal against Otumoetai. Courtesy Grant Stantiall.
Grant Stantiall’s portfolio of photographs from the match
Rotorua United 1 v Cambridge 4
21 May 2016
Cambridge’s Jason Szabo celebrated his birthday with two goals that set his team up for an important win against Rotorua United in football’s WaiBOP Premiership.
The experienced forward scored in the 2nd and 7th minutes to belie statistics that show Cambridge have been slow starters in this season’s matches.
Cambridge won the match 4-1 but effectively sealed the league points in the first spell thanks to Szabo’s brace and another by 16-year-old substitute Quest Tipping in the 44th minute.
The defending premiership champions travelled to Rotorua knowing their opponents had been one of the competition leaders, having won their opening four games, but Szabo’s opening burst settled any early nerves.
Having turned around 3-0 at the break, the sides each scored in the second spell. Menso van der Laan scored a consolation goal for Rotorua while Cambridge’s final effort came from Jason Chewins.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Tipping, one of several youngsters who have emerged from the club’s successful youth development programme and into the club’s first team.
The win was Cambridge’s seventh in succession, the side having taken maximum points from its last five league games and won two Chatham Cup ties.
Cambridge have moved into third place on the league table, behind unbeaten Ngongotaha and second-placed Matamata Swifts, but the Reds have games in hand over both their title rivals.
Cambridge 2 v University of Auckland 1
15 May 2016
A spectacular goal from wily striker Jason Szabo sealed a 2-1 win for Cambridge against University of Auckland in football’s Chatham Cup.
The win at John Kerkhof Park takes Cambridge into the last 64 of football’s oldest cup competition.
Cambridge started slowly against the students, who play in Auckland’s Championship Division, but took the lead in the 15th minute through striker Jack Taylor.
Goalkeeper Rex Fowler then kept the home side in front with an excellent diving save at the feet of an oncoming forward.
As momentum started to swing to Cambridge, the Aucklanders levelled through Robbie Bradley and the teams went into the half-time interval tied at 1-1.
Cambridge’s second half performance was mediocre when compared to their recent league form but the mark of a champion team is knowing how to keep its composure and gradually wear down the opposition.
The game’s key moment came in the 75th minute when left back Kieran Hills supplied a perfect cross into the penalty box for Szabo to meet with a diving header.
“I probably could have struck it with my foot,” Szabo said after the match. “But once I started to line up the cross with my head, I daren’t change my mind so kept going for it.”
Szabo’s fourth goal of the season ensured the game did not need extra time and Cambridge’s name goes into the draw for the cup’s second round proper.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was goalkeeper Fowler who made two important saves and provided excellent distribution to his team mates.
So far, Cambridge have accounted for two Auckland sides, beating Colo Boys FC 8-0 in the preliminary round as well as the University side in the first round.
Cambridge was the only WaiBOP region club to survive round one ties with Otumoetai, Ngongotaha, Taupo, Claudelands Rovers and Ngaruawahia United all going out to Auckland opponents.
However three of the region’s clubs – Hamilton Wanderers, Melville United and Tauranga City United – go into the second round draw after getting byes in the first round.
The last time Cambridge reached the second round, in 2013, the club was drawn against Birkenhead United, one of the strongest club teams in the country. In a memorable match watched by 450 at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge almost caused an upset by holding level until the Aucklanders snatched a couple of late goals for a 4-2 win.
The second round draw will be made by NZ Football at noon on Tuesday (May 17). You can follow the draw live via NZF's Twitter feed #ChathamCup.
Photo: Goalscorer Jason Szabo (right) about to challenge Auckland University's Sebastian Salmon (2) for a cross watched by Cambridge skipper Patrick Woodlock (left) and Jason Chewins.
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Katikati 0 v Cambridge 2
07 May 2016
Cambridge remain in touch with the WaiBOP Premiership leaders after winning at Katikati thanks to two second half goals.
Cambridge secured their fourth league win in succession with goals from Adam Brady in the 50th minute and Jack Taylor who scored on the hour.
The win keeps Cambridge in fourth place on the premiership table but with a game in hand on Ngongotaha, Rotorua United and Matamata who sit just ahead.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was captain Patrick Woodlock.
Ngongotaha, last season’s runners-up, head the competition with six wins from as many games but they left it late to beat Rotorua United, scoring their winner in the dying minutes of their 2-1 victory.
Cambridge, the defending champions, skip their league programme next weekend as the club is through to the first round proper of the Chatham Cup, New Zealand club football’s oldest competition.
Having beaten Aucklanders Colo Boys FC 8-0 in the preliminary round, Cambridge will host the University of Auckland at John Kerkhof Park on Saturday. The match kicks off at the earlier-than-usual time of 2pm in case the cup tie requires extra time and penalties.
Cambridge 4 v Melville United 2
30 Apr 2016
Experience helped Cambridge overcome a hardworking Melville United side to stay in touch with the leaders in football’s WaiBOP Premiership.
The team’s two Jasons – Chewins and Szabo – delivered three goals between them to spearhead Cambridge’s 4-2 victory at John Kerkhof Park.
With both players into their 40s, the pair showed the value of composure in a game marred by clumsy tackles.
Melville went ahead early through Arvi Raju but Cambridge leveled in the 20th minute when Chewins scored his second goal of the season. Eight minutes later, he provided the cross for Szabo to neatly head Cambridge into the lead.
With three minutes to the interval, Chewins again pushed forward from the defence and gave his team a 3-1 lead.
Cambridge supporters were given a double fright when Jacob Stevens reduced the deficit to 3-2 and then the home side lost Nathan Claridge in the 75th minute when referee Brendan Croker showed him a second yellow card.
But Chewins, Szabo and captain Patrick Woodlock inspired the 10-man Cambridge side to play out the last period of the game, holding onto possession and giving Melville little chance to create goalscoring chances.
Substitute Andrew Taylor came on late and set up Woodlock for a fourth Cambridge goal in the 90th minute, putting the result beyond doubt.
Chewins (pictured, top right) was the Carters Cambridge Player of the Day.
The win maintains Cambridge’s 100% home record and keeps the side in sight of Ngongotaha and Rotorua United who lead the competition, both unbeaten.
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Cambridge 3 v Papamoa 0
16 Apr 2016
Cambridge maintained their 100% home record in the WaiBOP Premiership with a 3-0 win against Papamoa.
The Bay of Plenty side provided difficult opposition for Cambridge, holding the Waikato/Bay of Plenty champions to a one-goal lead until the home side came home strongly in the final 15 minutes.
Cambridge took the lead in the 28th minute when defender Jason Chewins, making his first appearance for the season, converted a Nathan Claridge cross to score from close in.
The Reds took that lead into half-time and came out strongly in the second spell.
Eventually, the second goal came – a superb solo effort by 17-year-old newcomer Callum MacLeod, scorer of four goals in the team’s 14-0 win against Tauranga City United the previous week.
Swivelling onto a half-chance, MacLeod confidently hammered an angle shot into the net for the goal of the game in the 75th minute.
Cambridge scored their third goal in the final minute when Jordan Silvester rounded the Papamoa ‘keeper to score into an empty net.
This wasn’t Cambridge’s prettiest win but the team is getting used to teams lifting their game against the champions and the side has learned to wear down opponents and finish them off late.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was forward Jack Taylor who kept the Papamoa defenders busy all day, and worked to bring the players around him into the game.
Next week, Cambridge’s league match against Old Blues (Tauranga) has been postponed as both clubs have Chatham Cup commitments.
Cambridge will travel to Auckland’s Colo Boys FC on ANZAC Day Monday for a 2pm kick off in the preliminary round of the Chatham Cup, New Zealand football’s oldest club competition.
Meanwhile, Cambridge lost 5-0 to West Hamilton in the WaiBOP Championship with the visitors’ goals scored by Nate Holten (3), Harry Christensen-Rose and Glenn Brown.
Cambridge winger Josh Dagnall was stretchered off with a bad knee injury while goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls joined him in accident and emergency with a hand injury.
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Cambridge 14 v Tauranga City United 0
09 Apr 2016
Seventeen-year-old striker Callum MacLeod had a dream first team debut for Cambridge, scoring four goals as his side thrashed Tauranga City United 14-0 at John Kerkhof Park.
MacLeod was promoted to the first team after scoring a goal in the first few minutes of his senior debut the previous weekend when he played for Cambridge in the WaiBOP Championship.
But stepping up to the WaiBOP Premiership held no fears for the youngster as he found the net in the 5th, 40th, 57th and 60th minutes and earned himself the Carters Cambridge Player of the Day.
MacLeod is one of a number of Cambridge players who have come through the junior and youth ranks, and he won the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Golden Boot last season for top scoring in the federation’s U-17 youth league won by Cambridge.
For Cambridge, the win against Tauranga confirmed the club will be strong contenders to defend their WaiBOP Premiership title.
Captain Patrick Woodlock put his side ahead after only two minutes and when MacLeod doubled the lead a few minutes later, it was clear a rout was on the cards.
In the same fixture last season, Cambridge won 8-0 – a scoreline that was believed to be a record margin for the previous decade at least. Saturday’s 14-goal walkover eclipsed that milestone with more goals coming from Woodlock (46th min), Jason Szabo (15th min, 53rd min), Jack Taylor (22nd min), Tom Woutersen (35th min, 37th min, 48th min), Adam Brady (82nd min) and Dan Podjursky (70th min).
After the game, co-coach Mike Woodlock praised the young Tauranga side for not giving up despite the obvious gap in the two team’s levels of experience, and for trying to play open football despite the scoreline.
“We won the league last year and it’s pretty clear we’re a good side,” Woodlock said. “It was no disgrace to lose to us and you (Tauranga) will improve.”
The Cambridge side hosts Papamoa in their next WaiBOP Premiership fixture at John Kerkhof Park next Saturday (April 16), kick off 2.45pm.
Photo: Our matchday scorer had to insert an extra number to post the final score – our signwritten numbers only go up to 10!
Waikato Unicol 2 v Cambridge 1
02 Apr 2016
Cambridge began their 2016 defence of their WaiBOP Premiership title with a close-fought 2-1 loss at Waikato Unicol.
Cambridge got off to a good start, taking a first half lead through Jordan Silvester.
But Gareth Harris pulled a goal back for Unicol in the second spell before former Cambridge striker Gavin Clark nabbed the winner for the students.
Next weekend, Cambridge are at home to struggling Tauranga City United who lost their opening fixture 5-1 to Tauranga Boys College. The game kicks off at 2.45pm on Saturday.
Waitemata 2 v Cambridge 3
26 Sep 2015
Cambridge have finished their successful 2015 football season with a thrilling 3-2 win against the previously unbeaten Auckland champions Waitemata.
Coach Brett Clark described the victory as “bittersweet” because while it broke Waitemata’s 25-match perfect league and cup record this year the margin still saw Cambridge fail in their bid to win promotion to the Northern League.
Cambridge had lost the first leg of the two-match play-off series 0-2, meaning the side needed to win by at least the same margin to win promotion.
As it happened, if Cambridge had scored a fourth goal at Waitemata, the club would have gain promotion by scoring more goals away from home.
The victory provided some solace for the convoy of Cambridge supporters who travelled to Auckland, joining a crowd of more than 700 for the clash between the champions of Waikato/Bay of Plenty and the winners of the Auckland/Northern Conference.
Going into the match, Waitemata had conceded only 10 goals all season in the league.
The West Aucklanders took a 23rd minute lead when Daniel Gates scooped home a rebound when a cross into the Cambridge penalty box was not cleared.
The home side was marginally the better in the opening half hour but Cambridge started to press forward late in the half.
Pressure paid off when referee Nick Waldron awarded a penalty two minutes before half-time. Cambridge’s Robbie Greenhalgh stepped up and smashed the spot kick high and wide of ‘keeper Roy Bell for his ninth goal of the season.
Three minutes after half-time, Waitemata again capitalised on a low cross when Shane Tanner slotted the ball past Cambridge’s Fraser Nicholls to give his side a 2-1 lead and a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.
That was enough to trigger a Cambridge onslaught on the Waitemata goal as the team produced its best half of football all year.
With 20 minutes to go, substitute Adam Brady equalised when he coolly steered the ball into the net from 10 metres out.
In the 86th minute, Cambridge were awarded a direct free kick on the edge of the Waitemata box. Winger Henry Stephen, who had tormented the home defence throughout, belted the ball wide of the defensive wall and into the corner of the goal.
His goal set up a thrilling finish with Cambridge knowing one more goal would earn promotion.
Waitemata defended desperately, as two Cambridge chances went wide and four minutes of added time gradually wore down.
Afterwards, coach Clark said he felt immensely proud of the Cambridge performance, especially knowing of the unbeaten record by Waitemata in winning their league and Federation cup double.
Waitemata coach Michael Mayne acknowledged the Cambridge performance, saying it was a shame only one team could be promoted and the side had given his team their toughest challenges of the year.
Cambridge 0 v Waitemata 2
19 Sep 2015
Cambridge have lost the first leg of their play-off series to gain promotion to football’s Northern League, having lost to Auckland/Northern champions Waitemata at John Kerkhof Park.
But the 2-0 scoreline was close enough to give Cambridge hope of a comeback win in next week’s second leg to be played in Auckland.
Cambridge coach Brett Clark said after the first leg his team considered the play-offs to be “at half time” and the side would travel to Auckland determined to take the game to Waitemata.
Both sides were noticeably cautious in the opening stage of the match, played under strong sunshine and before a crowd of 570.
Waitemata scored with their first chance of the game in the 16th minute when striker Colin Gardyne wriggled free of defender Adrian Clark, turned and scored an angled shot from the edge of the penalty area.
The goal settled both teams down and for the next hour most of the match was played in the middle third with neither side able to create a clear-cut chance.
In the second half, the visitors increasingly fell deeper, content to sit on their lead.
With skipper Patrick Woodlock and new father Robbie Greenhalgh calling the plays from midfield, Cambridge pushed forward in search of an equaliser, with substitute Henry Stephen and Kieran Hill driving down the flanks.
With three minutes to go, Cambridge were dealt a harsh blow when Waitemata’s Nathan Rolleson beat a couple of tackles to double his side’s lead.
Cambridge’s players left the field disappointed but coach Clark said they still believed they could claw back the play-off series, especially with an early goal next week.
Waitemata coach Michael Mayne acknowledged Cambridge’s effort, saying the side had provided his team with their toughest test of the season (during which Waitemata have won all 22 of their league fixtures).
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was full back Nathan Claridge whose tackling and effort was outstanding.
The match sponsor was Onyx Café, Bar and Restaurant.
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Cambridge 3 v Waikato Unicol 2
12 Sep 2015
Cambridge have been crowned the champions of Waikato/Bay of Plenty football – but not without a dramatic finish to their regular league season.
Going into their 22nd and final league match of the WaiBOP Premiership, Cambridge needed a win against Waikato Unicol to be sure of taking the club’s first league title in 20 years.
But with only a minute left to play, the score was tied 2-2 while nearest rivals Ngongotaha were winning 4-1 at Otumoetai.
Cambridge threw everything forward and Glen Carmichael went into the club’s folklore as the scorer of the goal that brought the title to John Kerkhof Park. His 93rd minute goal secured a 3-2 victory, making it impossible for Ngongotaha to overtake Cambridge despite having two games still to play.
Carmichael’s goal sparked celebrations among Cambridge supporters, and within a minute the game was over and the players had their trophy.
The dramatic finish could have been avoided if Cambridge had not allowed the enthusiastic students from Unicol to disrupt and block the team’s passing game, while pinching a couple of opportunistic goals.
Unicol went ahead in the 26th minute when Max Hall drove a long-range free kick at Cambridge goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls. The ‘keeper, back in the side after a two-game break, mishandled and the ball fell into the net.
Cambridge equalised on the half hour when Robbie Greenhalgh calmly scored from close in after a goalmouth scramble resulted from a shot that rebounded off the bar.
Two minutes later, Cambridge went ahead when Carmichael raced through to get one-on-one with Unicol’s ‘keeper, and coolly slot the ball past him.
The lead lasted less than 10 minutes as goalkeeper Nicholls brought down a Unicol player in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Unicol’s Hall scored his second goal to make the half-time score 2-2.
After the interval, Unicol were starved of goalscoring chances but their determined defence kept Cambridge at bay.
Wide players Kieran Hill and Henry Stephen put crosses into the box. Strikers Shaun Kipara and Carmichael fired shots at the Unicol ‘keeper, while the effervescent Jason Szabo twisted and turned to create chances for his team mates.
Leading goalscorer Tom Woutersen came on as a substitute, and had three shots on target, but still the winning goal would not come.
With time running out, Carmichael got his crucial goal, giving Cambridge their eighth win in a row, a title and a night of celebrations.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was awarded to team manager Chrissy Goodin in recognition of her excellent work through the season.
Having won the title, Cambridge’s next mission is to win promotion to the Northern League through a two-legged play-off against the Auckland/Northern Conference champions, Waitemata.
The first leg is scheduled for John Kerkhof Park on Saturday September 19, kick off 2.45pm, with the second leg a week later in Auckland.
Photo: The Cambridge squad celebrate after the final whistle.
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Cambridge 3 v Otumoetai 2
05 Sep 2015
Cambridge are within 90 minutes of taking out the WaiBOP Premiership after gouging out a 3-2 win against mid-table Otumoetai at John Kerkhof Park.
Victory against Waikato Unicol in next Saturday’s last regular season fixture will see Cambridge secure the regional title.
Nearest rivals Ngongotaha remain seven points behind, with two games in hand, after beating third-placed Melville United 3-1.
For them to take the title, they would need Cambridge to lose to Unicol and then win their remaining three fixtures.
Otumoetai were difficult to break down in the first spell and Cambridge needed 42 minutes to take the lead, a goalmouth scramble put away by player-coach Robbie Greenhalgh.
The home side started the second half much brighter and the wily Jason Szabo doubled Cambridge’s lead in the 55th minute with a smart header from six metres.
Otumoetai's Daniel Miller reduced the deficit in the 70th minute, benefitting from a defensive mix-up.
With Cambridge supporters counting down the clock, the Reds seemed to put the result beyond doubt when Szabo stole the ball from a defender on the goal line and expertly fed leading goalscorer Tom Woutersen who made it 3-1 with five minutes left.
But Otumoetai found enough energy for a last-minute header from Miller to again test the nerves of home supporters who were relieved when referee Andrew Lamberth finally blew full-time.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Gerard Hay, who was strong at the base of the defence.
Photo: Cambridge players celebrate Woutersen's late goal.
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Papamoa 0 v Cambridge 1
29 Aug 2015
Cambridge took another step closer to the Waikato/Bay of Plenty title with a 1-0 victory at Papamoa.
Playing the side in fifth position on the WaiBOP Premiership table, Cambridge needed the win to maintain their seven point lead over nearest rivals Ngongotaha.
Ngongotaha, with two games in hand, also won, beating Waikato Unicol 4-1.
Cambridge scored their vital winner in the first half through Jordan Silvester, his second goal of the season.
In the second spell, the visitors pulled up the drawbridge and starved Papamoa of the chance of an equaliser to secure the points.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was goalscorer Silvester.
For Cambridge, it was the side’s sixth consecutive win and the team’s ninth in 10 games – a run of form that has taken the club to within a fortnight of taking the title.
Next Saturday (September 5) the team hosts sixth-placed Otumoetai at John Kerkhof Park (kick off 2.45pm), before completing its league programme with a home game against Unicol.
Two wins will make sure of the title, while any slip by Ngongotaha in its final four games will almost certainly gift the competition to Cambridge.
Ngongotaha’s remaining opponents are third-placed Melville United, Waikato Unicol, Otumoetai and Tauranga City United.
Katikati 1 v Cambridge 2
22 Aug 2015
Second half goals by leading scorer Tom Woutersen helped Cambridge overcome a spirited Katikati and retain their lead of the WaiBOP Premiership.
Needing four wins to be sure of the regional title, Cambridge headed to the Bay knowing that promoted side Katikati should be vulnerable, having lost their last six games in a row.
But playing on a huge home pitch, Katikati took a half-time lead and forced Cambridge to work hard for their win.
The goals were scored by Woutersen who now leads the team’s race for the Golden Boot with 13, two ahead of Jason Szabo.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was captain Patrick Woodlock.
The win maintains Cambridge’s seven point lead in the competition, ahead of nearest rivals Ngongotaha who have two games in hand.
Ngongotaha beat Papamoa 2-0 to stay in touch for the title and also to retain the WaiBOP Challenge Shield. If they had lost the shield, Cambridge would have been able to challenge Papamoa for it next weekend.
Instead, Cambridge will head for Papamoa for their last away game of the league season next Saturday, in search of three more points and an important step towards the title.
Cambridge 4 v Rotorua United 0
15 Aug 2015
Cambridge overcame a stuttering start to sweep aside Rotorua United with a strong second half performance for an emphatic 4-0 win at John Kerkhof Park.
The win maintains Cambridge’s seven point lead at the top of the WaiBOP Premiership with nearest rivals Ngongotaha scraping home 3-2 at Tauranga Old Blues.
In the opening quarter hour, Rotorua got forward more than Cambridge liked, creating several half-chances, but goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls cleaned up well to keep the game scoreless.
In the 34th minute, defender Gerard Hay made a run down the left and whipped over a low cross which was met at the near post by Jason Szabo who expertly turned it into the net.
Cambridge returned from the interval with more purpose and the game’s balance shifted their way when referee Stuart Blake awarded the home team a penalty after a Rotorua defender felled Nathan Claridge as a free kick was being lined up.
Szabo smashed the spot kick hard and low but the Rotorua ‘keeper blocked it, only to see Szabo follow up and put the ball into the net for Cambridge’s second.
Striker Tom Woutersen added Cambridge’s third in the 73rd minute and then finished the game off with a fourth goal with only a couple of minutes remaining.
The Szabo-Woutersen double act saw both players reach double figures for the season, with Woutersen leading the team’s Golden Boot with 11 goals and Szabo on 10 goals.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Glen Carmichael whose pace and hard work kept Rotorua on the back foot, while Nicholls in goal and the entire defence had solid games.
Once again, Cambridge’s defence was the rock on which the performance was based, achieving the team’s eighth clean sheet of the season and having conceded only 12 times in 18 outings.
Next week the team travels to Katikati, losers of their last six games, in search of another three points. With four games to go, Cambridge lead Ngongotaha by seven points but the challengers have two matches in hand.
Ngongotaha defend the WaiBOP Shield against Papamoa next Saturday and if they lose it, Cambridge get a challenge for the trophy on August 29.
Photo: Jason Szabo takes his penalty before scoring from the rebound.
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Tauranga Boys College 2 v Cambridge 5
09 Aug 2015
Cambridge have moved three points closer to the WaiBOP Premiership title after a comprehensive 5-2 win against Tauranga Boys’ College.
With five games to go, Cambridge now lead the competition by seven points from Ngongotaha who have two games in hand.
Cambridge travelled to Tauranga to meet a young side that has improved recently and had taken seven points from its last three games.
But the visitors rocked the college team early with Jordan Silvester opening the scoring after 13 minutes and skipper Patrick Woodlock doubling the lead in the 25th minute.
Cambridge effectively finished the match off with two goals in the last two minutes of the first half, when Henry Stephen and Tom Woutersen netted.
In the second half, Tauranga Boys College pulled two goals back but veteran Jason Szabo added a fifth for Cambridge with twenty minutes to go.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was midfielder Robbie Greenhalgh.
Next Saturday, Cambridge host Rotorua United at John Kerkhof Park (kick off 2.45pm).
Cambridge 2 v Melville United 1
01 Aug 2015
Cambridge extended their lead of the WaiBOP Premiership with a hard-fought 2-1 win against third-placed Melville United at John Kerkhof Park.
Youngster Henry Stephen got the team off to a flying start, scoring the season’s fastest goal with a long-range cross that eluded everyone in the Melville box to hit the net after about 10 seconds of play.
The goal inspired Cambridge who dominated possession for the next half hour, leading to Stephen’s second goal in the 31st minute.
It came from a direct free kick 22 metres out, which Stephen struck sweetly, curling it around a defensive wall and into the far corner.
The teams turned around with Cambridge leading 2-0 but the young Melville side put up a strong second half performance, limiting the home side’s goalscoring chances.
With 20 minutes to go, Melville pulled a goal back through Subesh Naidu to set up a nerve-wracking finish as Cambridge held on for the three competition points.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was skipper Patrick Woodlock.
As the game finished, news came through that Matamata Swifts had held second-placed Ngongotaha to a 2-2 draw, meaning Cambridge’s nearest rivals for the regional title are now seven points in their slipstream but with only two games in hand.
Cambridge now face a run-in of six games, of which four are against teams in the bottom half of the league.
Photo: Kieran Hill takes on the Melville defence.
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Waikato Unicol 0 v Cambridge 4
25 Jul 2015
Playing his last game before heading to the United States on a football scholarship, defender Matt Wheeler was among the goalscorers as Cambridge beat Waikato Unicol 4-0 in the WaiBOP Premiership.
Wheeler and team mate Kyle Wisnewski leave New Zealand in August to further their football careers but in the meantime, they’re helping keep Cambridge at the top of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional competition.
Playing at Waikato University, Cambridge took the lead after 28 minutes through left back Kieran Hill.
That’s how the teams went into half-time but Cambridge came out strongly in the second spell to put the win beyond doubt.
Wheeler got the second goal 10 minutes into the half and veteran Jason Szabo added another five minutes later.
Captain Patrick Woodlock finished the rout with Cambridge’s fourth goal in the 78th minute.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was substitute Josh Clark who was outstanding in the second half.
Cambridge remain top of the competition, having played 15 of their 22 season fixtures.
Next Saturday, Cambridge host third-placed Melville United at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm kick off).
Cambridge 0 v Ngongotaha 2
18 Jul 2015
Cambridge’s 10-match unbeaten run in the WaiBOP Premiership has come to an end with the side losing 2-0 to Ngongotaha on a wet John Kerkhof Park.
Two second half goals saw Cambridge go down to their nearest rivals in a game that was delayed 15 minutes while volunteers drained water from the pitch after torrential rain.
While many other fixtures were called off throughout the region due to rain storms – including the curtain raiser between Cambridge and Ngongotaha in the WaiBOP Championship – the main game got the approval to go ahead after a referee’s inspection.
The first half was evenly balanced with neither side creating any clear-cut chances, and both teams working hard to control the ball in slippery conditions.
However the game came to life on the hour when a mis-hit Ngongotaha free kick skidded into the Cambridge penalty area, and the ball was not cleared, allowing Dave Haua to scramble the ball home from six metres.
In the 75th minute, Cambridge’s task became more difficult when defender Nathan Claridge was sent off for a second yellow card, having mis-timed a tackle.
Facing 10 men, Ngongotaha pushed forward and were twice unlucky not to score, hitting the bar and the post, and forcing an excellent save from Cambridge goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls.
With two minutes remaining, Ngongotaha got their second goal, through Harlem Simiona, and with it, the chance to keep alive their own title hopes.
The result leaves Cambridge five points clear at the top of the Premiership ladder but with Ngongotaha in second spot and with two games in hand.
Having played each other twice, the regional title will now depend on how the sides perform against other teams, with neither having the luxury of being able to afford slip ups.
Next weekend, Cambridge travel to Waikato Unicol while Ngongotaha will defend the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield at home to Otumoetai.
Photo: Coaches Brett Clark and Mike Woodlock and players help drain a waterlogged area of the pitch an hour before kick-off.
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Tauranga Old Blues 0 v Cambridge 3
11 Jul 2015
Two penalties helped Cambridge gain revenge over the only side to beat them this season in a hard-fought game at Tauranga’s Wharepai Domain.
Cambridge lost the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield to Old Blues in April but have since gone on a winning streak that sees them lead the Waikato & Bay of Plenty Premiership.
The opening goal came when midfielder Ben Latham was dragged down in the box, allowing Glen Carmichael to score from the penalty spot with his eighth goal of the season.
That’s how it stayed till the 58th minute when Tom Woutersen was brought down in the area. Youngster Henry Stephen doubled Cambridge’s lead with a well-taken spot kick.
Substitute Elton Leri, a mid-season signing from Hastings, made it 3-0 with the goal of the game, a screamer from outside the box.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Matthew Wheeler who played well at the heart of a defence that has conceded only seven goals in its 13 matches.
Next Saturday, Cambridge host second-placed Ngongotaha at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm) in a game that may well have a major influence on which team goes into the final third of the programme as title favourites.
Cambridge 8 v Tauranga City United 0
04 Jul 2015
Photo (right): Scoreboard operator Elliot Beeney puts the finishing touches to Cambridge's big win.
Cambridge have notched their biggest win in many years with an 8-0 victory over Tauranga City United in the WaiBOP Premiership at John Kerkhof Park.
The result had long-time supporters struggling to recall when the club last registered such an emphatic win at the top level of regional football for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
But this team has been threatening all season to cut loose and they crushed United with a first-half display that saw six goals and a series of near-misses.
Striker Shaun Kipara opened the scoring after 8 minutes, rifling home a shot from in front of goal. Two minutes later, Glen Carmichael hit the post, enabling Robbie Greenhalgh to put away the rebound.
After 26 minutes, Tom Woutersen combined with Carmichael and scored his sixth goal of the season to make it 3-0.
Woutersen picked up his second on the half-hour thanks to a Jason Szabo lob that opened up the United defence.
Carmichael then set up Szabo to score Cambridge’s fifth, before Carmichael struck the goal of the match, a carefully-steered shot from 30 metres that sailed over the ‘keeper.
Cambridge were never troubled in the second spell, coasting to their victory, but picked up extra goals through Greenhalgh (75 mins) and Woutersen who completed his hat trick in the 77th minute.
While the scoreline highlighted the goals scored by Cambridge, the team’s clean sheet emphasised how strong its defence has been this season, conceding only seven goals in 12 games.
The defence was solid against Tauranga with Adrian Clark and Carters Cambridge Player of the Day Matthew Wheeler always in control.
The win cements Cambridge’s spot at the top of the Premiership.
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Cambridge 3 v Matamata Swifts 1
27 Jun 2015
Cambridge increased their lead in the WaiBOP Premiership to eight points with this hard-earned victory against local rivals Matamata at John Kerkhof Park.
The visitors took the lead after eight minutes when striker Andrew Clothier hit a sweet strike from outside the box.
Cambridge, looking out of sorts after a two week break, struggled to find rhythm but found an equaliser just before half-time when Robbie Greenhalgh was dragged down, allowing him to convert from the penalty spot.
In the second half, Cambridge applied the pressure and Carters Cambridge Player of the Day Shaun Kipara found the net in the 70th minute, only to have it ruled offside.
Three minutes later, Greenhalgh missed from the penalty spot.
Finally, Cambridge took the lead in the 78th minute when Glen Carmichael latched onto a neat Jason Szabo pass to smash it home. Szabo then finished the game with a last-minute effort drilled home from the edge of the box.
Next Saturday (July 4), Cambridge host Tauranga City United at John Kerkhof Park (kick off 2.45pm).
Photo: Greenhalgh puts away his first half penalty.
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Otumoetai 0 v Cambridge 0
13 Jun 2015
Cambridge kept their lead at the top of the WaiBOP Premiership table thanks to this scoreless draw at the home of lowly Otumoetai.
The game confirmed Cambridge’s prowess as the competition’s meanest defence, with the team having conceded only six times in their 10 matches so far.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was central defender Adrian Clark. Cambridge stay seven points ahead of second-placed Melville United (who have a game in hand), thanks to four of the day’s six matches ending in draws.
The team’s next match is on June 27 against Matamata Swifts at John Kerkhof Park in a Premiership/Championship double header.
Cambridge 4 v Papamoa 1
30 May 2015
Cambridge continue to lead the WaiBOP Premiership with the team securing their sixth successive victory, comprehensively beating second-placed Papamoa at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge got off to a flying start when defender Matt Wheeler soared above a packed Papamoa defence to head home a corner in the fifth minute.
In the 40th minute, Glen Carmichael smashed home a shot from 15 metres to double Cambridge’s lead before Papamoa reduced the deficit just before half-time through a Vincent Callister penalty.
The second half belonged to Cambridge who dominated possession and kept up the pressure which saw Carmichael burst through and calmly round ‘keeper Ben Pamment to score on the hour.
Midfielder Ben Latham missed one clear chance to score but then compensated with a superbly taken chip over Pamment to make it 4-1 after 73 minutes.
Carmichael’s goals and his all-round performance earned him the Carters Cambridge Player of the Day.
Cambridge 2 v Katikati 0
23 May 2015
Cambridge produced arguably their best performance of the season in the worst conditions to strengthen their lead at the top of the WaiBOP Premiership table.
Playing in torrential rain at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge dominated possession from the start and produced a string of first half chances.
But none were converted and the teams turned at 0-0.
Cambridge pressure finally paid off in the 58th minute when a Robbie Greenhalgh cross was neatly headed home by Glen Carmichael.
In the 72nd minute, Greenhalgh added a goal for himself but soon after missed the chance to add another, smashing a penalty onto the crossbar.
Despite the conditions, Cambridge played well and kept exerting pressure for the whole game, rather than in patches as with previous home games.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Kieran Hill whose wide play helped stretch the hardworking Katikati defence.
The match was also a chance to introduce new signings Shaun Kipara and Adam Brady and a first team return for Josh Clark, back from the United States.
The win extends Cambridge’s lead to six points.
Next Saturday, the team faces Papamoa at John Kerkhof Park (kick off 2.45pm).
The match programme can be downloaded here:
Rotorua United 0 v Cambridge 2
16 May 2015
Cambridge maintained their lead in the WaiBOP Premiership with a workmanlike win at Rotorua’s Neil Hunt Park in windy conditions.
Playing into the wind, Cambridge found it hard to break through in the opening spell but patiently built possession and waited for their opportunities.
As soon as the teams turned round at half-time, the play swung Cambridge’s way and a move involving Tom Woutersen, Glen Carmichael and skipper Patrick Woodlock set up Kieran Hill who carefully smashed a low shot past the ‘keeper in the 48th minute.
Just after the hour, Cambridge won a free-kick outside the penalty area, and the resulting play led to a cross which was emphatically headed home by Woodlock.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Jason Szabo who started up front but successfully moved into midfield for the second half.
The win leaves Cambridge three points clear on the table, with a game in hand over second-placed Papamoa.
Next Saturday, Cambridge host Katikati at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm).
Photo: Gavin Clark (left) and Tom Woutersen celebrate as Patrick Woodlock's header beats the Rotorua 'keeper.
Cambridge 2 v Tauranga Boys College 0
09 May 2015
A runaway start got the league points for Cambridge in this encounter against bottom-placed Tauranga Boys College, with both goals coming early.
Cambridge almost struck in the second minute when Ben Latham hit the crossbar.
The WaiBOP Premiership leaders went ahead after seven minutes when winger Glen Carmichael smashed his shot past the ‘keeper from close in.
The home side doubled their lead in the 13th minute when Jason Chewins rose to meet a Henry Stephen corner, powerfully heading it into the net.
For the rest of the game, Tauranga worked hard and made it difficult for Cambridge who were content to hold possession and struggled to penetrate the visitors’ defence.
This has become a familiar pattern for Cambridge with the team building first half leads and then defending them in the second spell.
While the performance was not the most convincing, the win at least ensured the side stays top of the table.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Jason Chewins.
Next Saturday, Cambridge travel to second-bottom Rotorua United.
Photo:Glen Carmichael scores the opener for Cambridge.
Here's the match programme:
Melville United 1 v Cambridge 4
02 May 2015
Cambridge moved to the top of the WaiBOP Premiership with an impressive win against second-placed Melville United at Hamilton’s Gower Park.
Melville snatched the lead in the opening minutes after being awarded a penalty.
However, a feature of Cambridge’s play this season has been strong starts and Cambridge knuckled down with a forceful opening half hour.
Player coach Robbie Greenhalgh levelled the score after three minutes before new signing Ben Latham scored his first goal in the 22nd minute.
Veteran Jason Szabo continued his goalscoring run with Cambridge’s third goal after 28 minutes.
In the second half, the visitors were content to keep control of the match and Glen Carmichael added the fourth and final goal in the 76th minute.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was defender Nathan Claridge.
The win gives Cambridge a two point lead in the race for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty title.
Next Saturday, Cambridge host Tauranga Boys College at John Kerkhof Park, kick off 2.45pm.
Ngongotaha 1 v Cambridge 2
18 Apr 2015
Cambridge bounced back from the loss of the WaiBOP Challenge Shield to take three valuable competition points from previously unbeaten Ngongotaha, thanks to two early goals.
Playing in wet conditions at Ngongotaha’s Tamarihi Reserve, Cambridge fielded a strong line-up including three players with national league experience (Jason Chewins, Ben Latham and Robbie Greenhalgh), and leading goalscorers Tom Woutersen and Jason Szabo who were unavailable for the previous game against Tauranga Old Blues.
Greenhalgh gave Cambridge the lead after 18 minutes and Woutersen added the second in the 26th minute, giving him five goals from three appearances this season.
In the second half, Ngongotaha fought back and reduced the deficit but Cambridge secured the win to go top of the Waikato Premiership table.
Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was goalkeeper Rex Fowler.
Next Saturday, Cambridge are without a game.
Cambridge 0 v Tauranga Old Blues 1
11 Apr 2015
After holding the WaiBOP Challenge Shield for most of the past two years, Cambridge were forced to relinquish the trophy after losing their first 2015 challenge at John Kerkhof Park.
Old Blues almost won the shield a year ago, when they gave up a 1-0 lead in added time, but this season they learned their lesson and closed out the game to win by a single goal.
The goal came early when Old Blues manufactured a goal from nothing in the 8th minute.
From there, Cambridge dominated possession and created a host of chances but failed to finish.
Cambridge made several changes to the starting line-up from last week’s win at Tauranga City United with top goalscorers Jason Szabo and Tom Woutersen (groin injury) both missing.
The side included two new signings in former Ngaurawahia United and WaiBOP United player Ben Latham and prominent Waikato Unicol goalscorer Gavin Clark.
In the 82nd minute, referee Andrew McAllister threw Cambridge a lifeline when awarding a penalty. However Robbie Greenhalgh’s spot kick was saved and Old Blues defended well enough for the remainder of the match to ensure the shield left Cambridge for a Saturday night trip over the Kaimai Ranges.
The Carters Cambridge Player of the Day was Matt Wheeler who was efficient in defence.
Match programme can be downloaded from http://issuu.com/cambridgefootballclubnewzealand/docs/redmatchdaymagazine_11apr2015
Tauranga City United 2 v Cambridge 4
04 Apr 2015
Cambridge are the early leaders of the WaBOP Premiership after winning the second match of their 2015 campaign.
The side comfortably beat Tauranga City United 4-2 at Links Ave, Mt Maunganui, built on a strong first half performance.
Cambridge opened well and striker Jason Szabo scored a brace in the 13th and 18th minutes, taking advantage of poor marking in the Tauranga defence.
For the rest of the first spell, Cambridge took advantage of a strong wind and camped in the Tauranga half. New signing Jason Chewins hit the crossbar in the 43rd minute with a crashing shot and a minute later, Tom Woutersen was set up by Kyle Wisnewski to make the half-time score 3-0.
Into the wind, Cambridge were just as effective but squandered a host of chances, twice hitting the woodwork and shooting wide.
Goalkeeper Fraser Nichols had little to do, making his first save of the game in the 50th minute.
Woutersen scored his second goal in the 63rd minute, giving him four goals for the season so far, with a well-executed finish.
Cambridge lost some concentration late in the game, allowing Tauranga to score through Bruno Riatta (81 mins) and Jack Bates (84 mins).
A late save by Nichols averted the risk of a comeback by the home side, leaving Cambridge with two wins from two games on the road. They top the Premiership table, ahead of newly-promoted Katikati on goal difference.
Next Saturday, Cambridge play their first home fixture of the season, against Tauranga Old Blues, at John Kerkhof Park, kick off 2.45pm.
Photograph: Skipper Patrick Woodlock takes on the Tauranga defence, cheered on by a strong contingent of Cambridge supporters. Woodlock was the Carters Cambridge Player of the Day.
Matamata Swifts 0 v Cambridge 4
28 Mar 2015
Cambridge got off to a flying start for the 2015 season with a comfortable 4-0 win against Matamata Swifts in a local derby.
Playing at the Matamata Domain, Cambridge raced to a 2-0 lead after 10 minutes with goals from Tom Wouterson.
Veteran Jason Szabo added a third to make it 3-0 at half-time.
In the second spell, Cambridge were content to shut out Matamata and added a fourth goal through an own goal.
The game ensured Cambridge ended round 1 of the newly-named WaiBOP Premiership at the top of the table, thanks to goal difference. Next Saturday, the side travels to Tauranga City United before playing their first home game on April 10, when they host Tauranga Old Blues.
Cambridge 4 v HRFC Clube 2
20 Sep 2014
The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Challenge Shield will stay in Cambridge for the summer after the home side came back from a sloppy first half before finishing with a flourish. It took 80 minutes of the game before Cambridge took the lead, easing nerves among local supporters. Clube took the lead controversially after 17 minutes when Cambridge ‘keeper Fraser Nicholls appeared to be obstructed as he tried to take a high ball. Sam Garmonsway levelled five minutes later with a smart lob from 15 metres. Clube’s Brayden Lissington put his side ahead in the 48th minute with an outstanding strike from outside the area, giving the visitors hope they might lift the shield. In the 69th minute, Cambridge’s Josh Mayo headed home the equaliser and ten minutes later, he set up twin Zac Mayo for put the side in front with a splendid angled drive. Cambridge made sure of the win with a fourth goal in added time, from Danny Styles. The win ensures that Cambridge will start the 2015 season with the shield and as likely favourites to take the WaiBOP Federation 1 title, having finished in clear second spot this season.
Left: Cambridge celebrate keeping the shield for the summer.
Cambridge 5 v Matamata Swifts 3
13 Sep 2014
Cambridge are only one game short of retaining the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Challenge Shield for the summer after fending off local rivals Matamata Swifts at John Kerkhof Park. The win also guaranteed Cambridge takes the runners up spot in this season’s WaiBOP Federation 1 League behind semi-professionals AFC Fury. Cambridge took control of the match in the first half, scoring twice through leading goalscorer Jack Taylor (12th and 45th minutes) and assistant coach Robbie Greenhalgh (28th minute). That gave Cambridge a 3-1 half-time lead, with former Cambridge skipper Scott Parsonage finding the net for the visitors. Early in the second half, Taylor made it 4-1 and sealed his hat-trick but this inspired a Matamata comeback. Parsonage completed his own hat-trick to claw back the score to 4-3 and give Cambridge supporters a nervous end to the match. But midfielder Mark Christensen put the result beyond doubt netting from a Glen Carmichael free kick with five minutes left. The performance was patchy but Cambridge did enough to ensure the team is well positioned to mount a final defence of the shield next Sunday (kick off 2.45pm) when they host HRFC Clube.
Matamata Swifts 1 v Cambridge 1
06 Sep 2014
Cambridge moved to within a point of clinching runners-up spot in this year’s Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League after this local derby draw at Matamata Domain. The game was always tight with the teams going into the dressing rooms scoreless at half-time. In the second spell, Bjorn Vossen scored for Matamata while Cambridge’s Jack Taylor notched his 12th goal of the season to help his side take a point back to Cambridge. The result means Cambridge sits one point behind second-placed Tauranga City United who have completed their league programme while the Reds still have two matches – both at John Kerkhof Park – to play. A point from either game is likely to see Cambridge overhaul United but the team will be aiming to win both matches, especially as the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield is at stake. To keep the shield over summer, Cambridge need to defend it against Matamata at John Kerkhof Park on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm) and then in the final game of the season against lowly HRFC Clube.
Otumoetai 4 v Cambridge 2
30 Aug 2014
Cambridge may well consider Otumoetai their bogey team after this loss in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 fixture. Cambridge travelled to Ferguson Park in search of three points that could be enough to clinch runners-up spot in this year’s competition, but mindful that Otumoetai had caused an upset 1-0 win in the reverse fixture at John Kerkhof Park. And so it proved with Otumoetai racing to a 3-0 half-time lead due to a hat-trick from former Bay of Plenty Golden Boot winner Adam Proverbs. Cambridge fought back in the second spell as teenager Josh Mayo scored his first two goals in a first team shirt, but Proverbs added a fourth for the home side, ensuring they took the points. With Tauranga City United also losing, Cambridge now need only three points from their three remaining fixtures to guarantee second place. Two of those games will be at John Kerkhof Park (against Matamata Swifts and HRFC Club) and will also count as WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield defences. Next Saturday, Cambridge travel to Matamata for their last away game of the season.
Cambridge 4 v Tauranga City United 0
23 Aug 2014
Cambridge romped to a comprehensive victory at John Kerkhof Park to retain the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation Challenge Shield. The win also puts Cambridge in pole position to seal the runners-up spot in this year’s Federation 1 League. Though Tauranga retain second spot after the result, Cambridge now lie only two points behind but with three games in hand. Cambridge took an early lead when United failed to clear a corner and the resulting ball into the area led to an own goal. As the half wore on, the Cambridge backline led by Alec Wilson looked solid and goalkeeper Hamish McKenzie had little to do. After the interval, Cambridge came out firing and doubled their lead in the 47th minute when assistant coach Robbie Greenhalgh forced a save from the Tauranga ‘keeper, allowing Tom Woutersen to hit home the rebound. On the hour, Cambridge made it 3-0 when newcomer Zach Mayo jinked his way into the area and created confusion among the defence, allowing top scorer Jack Taylor to score from close in. In the 69th minute, Mayo again caused havoc, teeing up a ball for Glen Carmichael to rifle home from 20 metres out. Cambridge coach Norm Rose used the last 20 minutes of the game to blood two more youngsters and re-arranged his line-up, allowing skipper Patrick Woodlock to roam free up front. The ability of the team to change formation and remain dominant showed the confidence the players can achieve. For Cambridge, its second half performance was amongst its best of the season. The team now faces two more shield challenges, against lowly-placed Matamata Swfits and HRFC Clube, in September. If it avoids defeat in both fixtures, the shield will stay at John Kerkhof Park for the summer.
Ngongotaha 1 v Cambridge 1
16 Aug 2014
Cambridge extended their unbeaten run in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League to five games with a come-from-behind draw at fifth-placed Ngongotaha. After four successive wins, Cambridge travelled south with confidence but found themselves a goal down at half-time. The team rallied in the second spell and captain Patrick Woodlock rescued a point with his third goal of the season. The point may turn out to be vital in Cambridge’s push to take the league’s runners-up spot as it helped cement third place on the table while its nearest rivals dropped points. Champions elect AFC Fury drew 2-2 with Melville while Tauranga City United were surprise 1-0 losers at home to mid-table Otumoetai. Cambridge host the Tauranga side at John Kerkhof Park next Saturday in what promises to be one of the games of the season. A win or draw will give Cambridge the edge for the runners-up placing but will also ensure the club retains the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation Challenge Shield. The game is Cambridge’s eighth defence of the shield this season and the team is keen to retain it over the summer break.
Cambridge 4 v Melville United 0
09 Aug 2014
A second-half onslaught saw Cambridge comfortably win this Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation League 1 match that maintains the home team’s push for the region’s runners-up spot. AFC Fury’s latest win moves them within one win of securing the league title but Cambridge are well positioned to head off Tauranga City United for second place. Certainly, Cambridge is finding a rich vein of form to finish their programme with Saturday’s win against Melville the fourth in a row. At half-time, when the game was scoreless, supporters at John Kerkhof Park must have wondered whether the good run was going to end. But strikes from Tom Woutersen and leading goalscorer Jack Taylor eased the nerves. Defender Alec Wilson then got among the goals, scoring his first for the season, before assistant coach Robbie Greenhalgh finished off the game with his seventh of the season. The win was also the club’s seventh defence of the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield and the side’s target of holding the shield over next summer has moved a step closer. To achieve that goal, Cambridge will have to repel challenges from Tauranga City United, Matamata Swifts and HRFC Clube.
Tauranga Boys College 0 v Cambridge 3
02 Aug 2014
Cambridge are closing in on second place in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League after this comfortable win against bottom-placed Tauranga Boys College. Goals from leading scorer Jack Taylor and Tom Woutersen gave Cambridge a 2-0 half-time lead before Glen Carmichael ensured the win with his side’s third goal in the second spell. Taylor leads the team’s race for the Golden Boot with nine goals, while Woutersen and Carmichael are chasing him with seven apiece. The win consolidated Cambridge’s third position in the league, six points behind Tauranga City United but with three games in hand. With seven games to go, Cambridge now have the chance to secure runners-up spot behind leaders AFC Fury who would have to blow a big lead to surrender the title. Next Saturday, Cambridge host Melville United in a league match that doubles as a defence of the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield. The game kicks off at John Kerkhof Park at 2.45pm. Prior to that match, the Federation 2 side will conclude their league programme with a home game against Ngongotaha.
Waikato Unicol 1 v Cambridge 5
19 Jul 2014
Cambridge secured one of their most emphatic wins of the season with a strong all-round performance against Waikato Unicol. Apart from conceding a goal by Unicol’s player-coach Gavin Clark in the first spell, the Cambridge effort saw them take a 2-1 lead by half-time and finish strongly with three second half goals. Assistant coach Robbie Greenhalgh scored a brace, while skipper Patrick Woodlock struck the best goal of the day and winger Kieran Hill found the net. The final goal was scored by the club’s leading goalscorer this season, Jack Taylor, who leads the Golden Boot table with eight. The victory leaves Cambridge third on the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League table, three points behind Tauranga City United but with two games in hand. Cambridge are well-placed to take second spot but need league leaders AFC Fury to find a sudden losing streak if the club is to make a late run at the title. Next Saturday, Cambridge host local rivals Matamata Swifts in a league match that also becomes a defence of the Federation Challenge Shield which Cambridge recently recaptured from Taupo, The match kicks off at 2.45pm at John Kerkhof Park.
Taupo 1 v Cambridge 2
05 Jul 2014
The shield has come back to Cambridge! Having lost the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation Challenge Shield three weeks ago, Cambridge reclaimed the trophy with a successful challenge at Taupo, giving Cambridge its third tenure as shield holder in just over a year. Cambridge travelled south, determined to win the shield as consolation for slipping off the league title pace. Striker Jack Taylor put his side 1-0 up and then Glen Carmichael converted a penalty to double the lead before half-time. Taupo fought back in the second half, repelling a number of promising Cambridge attacks, and scoring through Byron Theesman with 10 minutes to go. But Cambridge were too wily to lose the game – and the shield – from that position and they played out the time. To retain the shield for the rest of the season, Cambridge face four challenges at John Kerkhof Park, starting next Saturday when HRFC Clube visit (kick off 2.45pm). If successful against Clube, Cambridge then will then mount defences against local rivals Matamata Swifts, Melville United and high-flying Tauranga City United.
Cambridge 0 v AFC Fury 6
28 Jun 2014
Cambridge’s hopes of catching league leaders Fury took a blow as the visitors showed why they are favourites for promotion to football’s Northern League. For the opening 20 minutes, the teams were evenly matched but a well-taken free kick by Erik Aceituno gave Fury the lead. Guy Privett added a second goal to give Fury a 2-0 halftime margin. The second spell saw Cambridge start well and striker Jack Taylor almost pulled back a goal but his shot was blocked on the line. Almost immediately after, Federico Gomez added a third for Fury. More goals from Lee Garnham, Simon Stafford-Bush and Gonzalo Amado capped the win for Fury who went 13 points clear of fourth-placed Cambridge on the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 table. Despite the loss, Cambridge did receive some good news as their game ended – the Federation Challenge Shield had been taken from holders Otumoetai by Taupo. Cambridge’s next opponents are Taupo and the game automatically becomes a shield challenge, giving Cambridge the chance to win back the shield won from them by Otumoetai last month. Next Saturday’s shield game kicks off in Taupo at 2.45pm.
Tauranga Old Blues 0 v Cambridge 2
21 Jun 2014
Cambridge kept in the chase for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 title with this crucial win at Tauranga, serving up the first defeat of the season for Old Blues. The sides had drawn on opening day at Cambridge who really needed to win the reverse fixture to stay in contention for the regional championship. Cambridge took a first half lead through Tom Woutersen before assistant coach Robbie Greenhalgh put the win beyond doubt with a goal in the second spell. The win keeps Cambridge in third place on the ladder with a game in hand on leaders AFC Fury and second-placed Tauranga City United. Next Saturday, Cambridge host Fury at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm kick off) in a match that becomes a must-win for the home side. Fury, who average more than four goals a match, remain the only unbeaten side in the competition but as Cambridge proved last Saturday, such records are there to be broken.
Cambridge 0 v Otumoetai 1
14 Jun 2014
After five successful defences of the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield, Cambridge have surrendered the trophy to challengers Otumoetai in a scrappy game at John Kerkhof Park. After losing their league match at Tauranga City United the previous weekend, Cambridge were keen to find winning form again in front of their own supporters, on a pitch that had recovered well from the week’s torrential rain. The opening passages were played in the middle third of the pitch with neither goal threatened until Otumoetai’s Robert Sonntag popped up to score past goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls in the 21st minute. With one of the competition’s meanest defences, Otumoetai then set up a packed midfield and clearly set out to defend their lead. The tactics forced Cambridge to try different ways around their opponents, but long balls were well dealt with by Otumoetai’s big defenders. As the game wore on, Cambridge produced a couple of clear chances that were pushed wide of the net. In previous games, the home team had salvaged results in the dying minutes but not this time. Next weekend the team travels to Tauranga Old Blues before hosting league leaders AFC Fury on June 28.
Tauranga City United 2 v Cambridge 1
07 Jun 2014
Cambridge’s run of six wins in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League came to an end in this close-fought match at Tauranga’s Links Avenue. With Cambridge keen to win promotion to football’s Northern League, this game gave the third-placed visitors chance to make ground against second-placed Tauranga City United on the table. But it was not to be as Tauranga scored twice in the opening spell and held Cambridge goalless till half-time. In the second half, Cambridge fought back and striker Tom Woutersen netted his fifth of the season to give his side hope. However Tauranga saw out the game to remain in second spot, while Cambridge stay third. League leaders AFC Fury and Tauranga have played one more fixture than Cambridge so far and they face off next weekend, which will help Cambridge stay in the title hunt. Cambridge meet ninth-placed Otumoetai at John Kerkhof Park in a match that also becomes a defence of the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield. That match kicks off at 2.45pm.
Cambridge 2 v Ngongotaha 1
31 May 2014
Two goals in added time delivered a sixth win in a row for in-form Cambridge as they retained the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield at John Kerkhof Park. The match pitched third-placed Cambridge against fourth-placed Ngongotaha, a team with the best defensive record in the Federation 1 league. To keep in touch with league leaders AFC Fury and Tauranga City United it was essential that Cambridge should win – but the home side had its supporters on tenterhooks for most of the match. The opening spell was even, with neither side creating clearcut chances and the respective midfield combinations breaking down attacks. After 40 minutes, Ngongotaha went ahead when a free kick high into the Cambridge box was well headed home by Harlem Simiona. The visitors, who had previously conceded only four goals in seven games, made it clear in the second half they were content to defend their lead and for most of the half, their approach worked. But the risk of losing the shield spurred on Cambridge and in the last few minutes, chances started to come. Good chances fell to Robbie Greenhalgh and Craig Hedges, while Tom Woutersen was cutting through the Ngongotaha defence, and pulling defenders out of position. With normal time up, Cambridge threw everything forward and striker Jack Taylor whacked home the equaliser from eight metres out, raising a cheer of relief from home supporters. Three minutes later, well into added time, Taylor found the net for the winner, and the supporters’ relief turned into jubilation. The game was an excellent test of Cambridge’s mettle as they push for promotion to the Northern League. There’s been no doubting of the quality of the players and of the team’s playing potential but this game tested their character and willingness to not give up, no matter what the circumstances. The team came through the test with flying colours. Next Saturday, the team travels to play second-placed Tauranga City United in another match that could play a big part in the end of season reckoning.
Melville United 1 v Cambridge 3
24 May 2014
Cambridge extended their winning streak to five matches as they climbed to third place in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League. The Norm Rose-coached side travelled to mid-table Melville knowing a win would keep them within sight of league leaders Tauranga City United and AFC Fury and that a strong start would be needed. Midfielder Robbie Greenhalgh put Cambridge ahead before Glen Carmichael scored his fifth in seven games, earning the visitors a deserved 2-0 lead at the break. With recent signings Nathan Holten and Mark Christensen dominating midfield, Cambridge sealed the win with a goal from striker Jack Taylor. Melville scored a late consolation goal. The win puts Cambridge four points behind leaders AFC Fury, but with a game in hand. Next Saturday, Cambridge are at home to fourth-placed Ngongotaha, a game that also doubles as a defence of the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield. The match kicks off at 2.45pm at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge 6 v Tauranga Boys College 1
17 May 2014
Cambridge won their fourth consecutive Federation 1 League game and retained the Federation Challenge Shield as they comfortably overcame the energetic student side from Tauranga. Glen Carmichael scored first for Cambridge after seven minutes, finishing a smart move involving Jack Taylor and Tom Woutersen. In the 32nd minute, Robbie Greenhalgh set up Kieran Hill to make it 2-0 before Greenhalgh added himself to the scoresheet four minutes later, converting a penalty. Ten minutes into the second half, Carmichael got his second in a goalmouth scramble. After 65 minutes, Tauranga pulled a goal back through Zac Aquino Phillips. With 15 minutes to go, Woutersen made it 5-1 to Cambridge while Sam Garmonsway finished the scoring as the game entered added time. While the result was never in doubt, Cambridge still had to play smartly to beat a young side that worked hard. New signing Alec Wilson worked well with skipper Patrick Woodlock at the base of the defence, the pair controlling the direction of play. The win keeps Cambridge in contention for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty title and means the shield stays at John Kerkhof Park for another defence against Ngongotaha on May 31.
Cambridge 1 v Mangere United 4
10 May 2014
Local hopes of another good run in national football’s oldest competition, the ASB Chatham Cup, evaporated in a five-minute burst before half-time of this first round fixture at John Kerkhof Park. Until then, Cambridge had started the stronger of the two sides and could have taken the lead on at least two occasions when strikers Jack Taylor and Tom Woutersen exploited gaps in the Mangere defence. But playing against stronger opposition (Northern League side Mangere play two divisions higher than Cambridge), chances have to be taken. Instead of taking a lead into the break, Cambridge instead conceded two goals to Mangere’s Iwa Shaker in the 40th and 44th minutes. Ten minutes after the interval former Auckland City striker Shaker completed his hat-trick when he converted a penalty. On the hour, Mangere pushed their lead to 4-0 and they could have added another but they missed a spot kick in the 72nd minute. Despite the margin, Cambridge deserved better and Robbie Greenhalgh got a late consolation goal when he put away the third penalty awarded in the match. Next week Cambridge resume their WaiBOP Federation 1 campaign with a home game against Tauranga Boys College.
Cambridge 4 v Waikato Unicol 3
03 May 2014
Cambridge successfully defended their WaiBOP Challenge Shield for a third time this season, thanks to a 94th minute goal that ended this seven-goal thriller at John Kerkhof Park. Importantly, the victory also gave the club three valuable points in their campaign to win the Federation 1 title and earn promotion to football’s Northern League. The opening period of play all went Cambridge’s way with Glen Carmichael giving his side the lead after 18 minutes after good work by Josh Clark found him clear on goal with the Unicol ‘keeper out of position. After half an hour, Tom Woutersen found the net but his effort was disallowed for offside. Almost immediately, Woutersen got another chance and he made it 2-0. That goal prompted a Unicol rally and Lloyd Robertson and Mickey Scarpa both scored to level the scores at half-time. Woutersen scored his second goal in the 51st minute when he played an innocent-looking free kick into the Unicol box and the ball was watched by everyone into the net. Unicol’s Kevin Doty then levelled the score in the 65th minute, setting up a tense finish. With the game well into added time, Cambridge were awarded a free kick outside the area. When the shot rebounded off the Unicol wall, it fell to Jason Szabo whose scrambled shot was deflected by a defender towards the goal. It was shepherded over the line by a grateful Woutersen who claimed the goal and a hat-trick. Player of the day was captain Patrick Woodlock while goalkeeper Fraser Nichols made crucial saves at key times. Next Saturday, Cambridge put aside the Challenge Shield and the league to focus on the ASB Chatham Cup, New Zealand’s oldest national cup competition, when they host Northern League side Mangere United (2.00pm kick-off).
HRFC Clube 1 v Cambridge 3
26 Apr 2014
Cambridge eased past newly-promoted HRFC Clube with a comfortable win to move into fourth spot on the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation League 1 table. Cambridge took a first half lead through striker Jack Taylor before midfielder Craig Hedges doubled the lead before the interval. Cambridge stayed in control in the second half, putting the game beyond doubt when Taylor added his second goal. HRFC Clube scored a consolation goal in the dying moments when they were awarded a penalty. The result sees Cambridge as the highest-placed Waikato side in the competition, chasing a pack of three Bay clubs (Tauranga City United, AFC Fury and Ngongotaha) for the title and promotion to the Northern League. Next Saturday, Cambridge host Waikato Unicol at John Kerkhof Park (2.45pm) and the following Saturday (May 10) the side is at home to Northern League outfit Mangere United in the first round of the ASB Chatham Cup.
Cambridge 3 v Taupo 1
19 Apr 2014
Cambridge secured their first win of the season, earning three valuable league points as well as retaining the WaiBOP Federation Challenge Shield. Playing on a wet John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge attacked from the start and went ahead in the fourth minute when Taupo goalkeeper Korey Crake misjudged a cross allowing Kieran Hill to bundle the ball into the goal. The home side forced a series of corners as they gradually applied pressure but Taupo drew level after 26 minutes when referee Mark Browning awarded a penalty, ruling that a Taupo forward had been unfairly challenged. Taupo skipper Ben Westerman scored from the spot, despite Cambridge ‘keeper Fraser Nichols getting a hand to the ball. Cambridge soon found the net again but had their effort disallowed – the first of three disallowed “goals” in the game – when Glen Carmichael was judged to have crept offside. In the 36th minute, Carmichael and midfielder Craig Hedges combined to set up skipper Patrick Woodlock for a goal that put his side 2-1 up. Ten minutes into the second spell, a Woodlock screamer into the net was disallowed when assistant referee Mark Ball judged the ball to have previously gone out of play for a goal kick. Striker Jack Taylor made up for the disappointment with a coolly taken goal in the 63rd minute, slipping it past an advancing Crake with the defence left spread-eagled behind him. Cambridge’s next Federation League 1 home match is on May 3 against Waikato Unicol.
AFC Fury 5 v Cambridge 2
12 Apr 2014
Cambridge suffered their first defeat of the season when they travelled to the Tauranga home of last year’s Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation League 1 champions, AFC Fury. Cambridge had beaten Fury 6-0 the last time they met and were wanting a strong performance to show they’ll be challenging for the title this season. A goalless first half failed to give either side an advantage but then the second spell opened up with seven goals scored. Unfortunately for Cambridge, the visitors came off second best with Fury’s Lee Garnham leading the way with a hat-trick with Connor Irvine and international signing Angelero Gomez adding the others. For Cambridge, recent signing Kieran Hill scored his first for the club while their second goal was judged to be an own goal. Cambridge get the chance to bounce back on Easter Saturday when they host Taupo at John Kerkhof Park in a league match that also counts as a defence of the WaiBOP Federation League Challenge Shield. That match kicks off at 2.45pm.
Cambridge 1 v Tauranga Old Blues 1
05 Apr 2014
A late fightback from Cambridge ensured the home side retained the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation Challenge Shield, repelling a spirited challenge from Tauranga Old Blues. The match, at John Kerkhof Park, was the opening game of the 2014 Federation League 1 season, with Cambridge hosting last year’s runners up. Old Blues started strongly and went ahead early through Reuben Wood. Cambridge gradually started to work their way into the game and striker Jack Taylor went close with an effort kept out by an excellent save by the Tauranga goalkeeper. At half time, coach Norm Rose made some changes to the Cambridge line-up and the side increasingly got the better of their opponents, creating chances that just wouldn’t go in. Eventually, with 10 minutes to go, new signing Jordan Silvester darted down the right wing and sent a perfectly-placed cross across the face of the Tauranga goal. Cambridge’s Glen Carmichael smashed the ball into the net from seven metres to level the scores. Despite more pressure, Cambridge could not seal the win but the draw at least ensured the shield stayed at John Kerkhof Park. Cambridge won the shield last year – it’s played on the same basis as rugby’s Ranfurly Shield – but lost it to Whakatane Town. The shield reverted to Cambridge when Whakatane withdrew from this year’s Federation League, giving Cambridge another chance to build a series of defences. The next challenge and home game is on Easter Saturday when Cambridge hosts Taupo.
Cambridge 6 v AFC Fury 0
14 Sep 2013
Cambridge kept one of their best performances of the season till their last fixture, demolishing the newly-crowned champions of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League.
Six players scored as Cambridge, playing their last game for outgoing coach Karl Dagnall, notched three in each half.
Dagnall, who is taking time out next year after two seasons leading Cambridge up the Federation tables, asked his side for a big effort against the Tauranga visitors and they responded from the start.
Penalty specialist Adrian Clark converted from the spot after 9 minutes, his sixth of the season, before leading goalscorer Tom Woutersen doubled the lead two minutes later, rifling home his 18th of the season from an acute angle.
Fury got the jitters and started to lose composure, epitomised in the 27th minute when their ‘keeper had to push a back pass around the post.
From the resulting free kick, Cambridge skipper Glen Carmichael smashed home his side’s third.
Fury folded in the second spell, allowing Cambridge to outplay them.
In the 56th minute, Jack Taylor neatly set up Josh Dagnall to make it 4-0.
After 75 minutes, Cambridge players were lining up to score as Dagnall unselfishly set up Ed Kettle to register his first Federation 1 goal of the season.
Five minutes later, Taylor added his own name to the scorers’ list, capping an outstanding day for club, coach and team, all of whom shared the Player of the Day.
Whakatane Town 2 v Cambridge 1
07 Sep 2013
Cambridge hopes of finishing the season with another trophy were extinguished in the first hour of their Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation League clash at Whakatane Town.
Cambridge were challenging Whakatane for the Federation Challenge Shield and victory would have set up a storming end to the season next week when Cambridge meet newly crowned champions, AFC Fury.
But it was not to be as Cambridge started the slower of the two sides with passes going astray and struggling to find any retention.
The home side were content to look to hit forwards early and catch Cambridge with their pace. The home side took the lead half way through the first period when Cambridge again gave the ball away in midfield.
Whakatane played through the Cambridge defence for their speedy left-sided forward to beat the offside and place the ball past the Cambridge goalkeeper.
The remainder of the half was played out end-to end with neither side converting.
Cambridge went further behind early in the second half when they again gave the ball away cheaply in midfield.
Whakatane broke down the left and their cross was met at the far post for them to take a 2-0 lead.
Cambridge finally woke up and started to put the home side under pressure and retain some possession.
They got themselves back into the game with 30 minutes to go when some good work between Josh Dagnall and Glen Carmichael released Carmichael who delivered a far post cross for Jack Taylor to tap home.
The visitors continued to press and Robbie Greenhalgh was unlucky when a well-placed lobbed shot came back off the post, an indication perhaps that it wasn’t to be Cambridge’s day.
Joint Players of the Day were Glen Carmichael and defender Mat Wheeler.
Cambridge 4 v Taupo 0
31 Aug 2013
Cambridge are finishing their Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation League 1 season with a flourish, despatching last year’s champions Taupo at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge focused on ball retention in the early stages while Taupo played controlled passing football through midfield.
Cambridge confirmed their intent with Jack Taylor, Tom Woutersen and Jason Szabo causing the Taupo defenders problems with their pace and movement early.
Cambridge took the lead in the 25th minute when Taylor and Woutersen played a quick interchange for Taylor to race clear and beat the advancing Taupo keeper.
Shortly after the visitors were reduced to 10 men when their central midfielder was shown red for a cynical tackle and follow through on Robbie Greenhalgh.
Cambridge continued to dominate the game and were again rewarded on the stroke of half-time when again Taylor beat the Taupo offside trap to score his second.
The second half started with Cambridge looking to continue their momentum and Taupo looking to salvage the game.
Cambridge stretched their lead to three goals when Taylor again ripped through the Taupo defence to find an unmarked Szabo at the back post, who calmly beat the Taupo keeper.
The game was won halfway through the second half when following a foul on the edge of the box Greenhalgh placed the ball wide of the stranded goalkeeper.
Cambridge played the game out with patient controlled passing football.
Despite now being down to nine men, Taupo still looked to get something out of the game and McKenzie in the Cambridge goal had to be alert to turn away a goal-bound shot at full stretch and smother a close range attempt.
In a game built on solid defence and an industrious midfield, the Cambridge forwards were given a solid platform to attack the visitors.
This was a confident and complete Cambridge performance with Jack Taylor earning Player of the Day.
Waikato Unicol 0 v Cambridge 2
24 Aug 2013
Cambridge travelled to neighbours Waikato Unicol with both sides wanting to regain winning form after losses.
Cambridge started the brighter and up front, Tom Woutersen, Jack Taylor and Jason Szabo all had early chances while Robbie Greenhalgh, Hayden Kilgour and Josh Dagnall pressed from midfield.
Cambridge took the lead in the 3rd minute when Woutersen drove down the right at the Unicol defence.
Having outpaced the Unicol back, Woutersen drove a low hard ball across the goal; the ball deceived the goalkeeper and found the far side of the goal.
Unicol looked to hit Cambridge on the break and Cambridge continued to build from midfield.
The visitors doubled their lead just before the half when Greenhalgh won the ball in midfield and fed Dagnall on the left.
After some interplay with Jack Taylor, the ball was crossed to the far post were Woutersen was again on hand to tap the ball home.
Unicol came out with a revised formation and intent in the second half.
Cambridge continued to play possession football.
Cambridge had opportunities to increase the lead and Jack Taylor, Glen Carmichael, Dagnall and Patrick Woodlock all went close.
Unicol had chances at the other end but Matt Pickles, Woodlock, Adrian Clark and Nathan Claridge held firm in defence and Hamish McKenzie was solid in the Cambridge goal.
This was a patient and controlled performance from the Cambridge team with all players contributing.
Cambridge Player of the Day was Clark.
AFC Fury 3 v Cambridge 0
17 Aug 2013
Three oddball goals put paid to Cambridge’s hopes of causing an upset win against Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League leaders AFC Fury.
Cambridge travelled to Tauranga looking to build on the previous week’s 5-1 win against third-placed Ngongotaha and the match began evenly.
Play went end to end before a freak goal gave Fury the lead midway through the first spell.
Fury pumped a hopeful ball forward which took an awkward bounce over the head of Cambridge ‘keeper Hamish McKenzie to fall to a grateful forward to tap in.
Cambridge took the game to their hosts as the second half began but then conceded another unusual goal.
From a corner, a goal-bound shot appeared to strike Adrian Clark in the face as he defended the post.
The referee judged it to be handball and ordered a penalty but after consulting the assistant referee, awarded a goal.
Despite Cambridge’s efforts to get back into the game, they fell further behind late in the game when a mis-hit Fury shot took a deflection, wrong-footed McKenzie and trickled into the opposite corner of the goal.
This was a strange match where two evenly balanced teams were separated by three unusual goals, but as they say, “that’s football”.
The Cambridge Player of the Day was midfielder Robbie Greenhalgh.
The firsts are away to Waikato Unicol next Saturday (August 24) while the club hosts the Soccer Shop Waikato Cup and Plate finals at John Kerkhof Park (from noon).
Cambridge 5 v Ngongotaha 1
10 Aug 2013
A hat-trick by Jason Szabo helped Cambridge to one of their strongest performances of the season as they toppled high-flying Ngongotaha in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 1 League.
Going into the game, Ngongotaha were chasing the title while Cambridge wanted to end a three-match run without victory.
But Cambridge always looked the winner with strikers Jack Taylor, Tom Woutsersen and Szabo creating all sorts of problems for the visitors from the start.
In the 5th minute, Taylor set up Hayden Kilgour with a pin-point pass, and Cambridge took the lead.
Cambridge were again rewarded in the 25th minute when Szabo went on a mazy run in the opposition area, leaving three defenders in his wake before smashing the ball home from a tight angle.
Cambridge kept the game tight in the second half with Nathan Claridge, Patrick Woodlock, Adrian Clark and Mat Wheeler solid at the back and Robbie Greenhalgh, Andy Taylor and Kilgour proving difficult to penetrate in midfield.
Cambridge extended their lead when Jack Taylor again ran the Ngongotaha defence in circles before delivering another accurate cross for Szabo to get his second with a well-placed volley.
Szabo grabbed his third and Cambridge’s fourth when he again benefitted from some direct Jack Taylor running.
Taylor slipped the ball to Szabo for him to complete his hat-trick. Woodlock, on a foray from the back grabbed the fifth when he got on the end of a free-kick to head home.
The visitors grabbed a late consolation when a tiring Cambridge defence failed to clear the ball for Ngongotaha to spoil goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls’ clean sheet.
Excellent performances from all the Cambridge players this week and an overall good team performance.
Joint Players of the Day – Jack Taylor and Jason Szabo.
Tauranga City United 1 v Cambridge 0
03 Aug 2013
Cambridge travelled to Tauranga looking to stem recent poor results and get back to winning ways.
The visitors elected to play the first half with the strong wind at their backs.
Despite their dominance in a physical first half, Cambridge were unable to break the deadlock and the opening spell ended at 0-0 with Tom Wouteresen, Jack Taylor, Patrick Woodlock, Hayden Kilgour and Robbie Greenhalgh all going close in the first period.
Playing into the wind after the break, Cambridge continued to control the game but struggled to finish.
The game appeared to swing more into Cambridge’s favour when on the hour Tauranga had a player sent off.
This spurred on the home team and despite being a man short the home team started to get some possession.
Tauranga started to send long balls into the Cambridge area and it was from one of these that Danny Styles was fouled with an elbow to the head which was missed by the referee.
Tauranga scored immediately after from a hopeful looping cross which couldn’t be claimed by Fraser Nicholls in the Cambridge goal as Styles was still down, blocking Nicholls attempt.
The remainder of the game was played out with Cambridge putting Tauranga under constant pressure in search of the equaliser.
Styles, Greenhalgh, Jack Taylor, Woutersen and Andy Taylor all went close but were all unlucky not to grab the leveller but the game ended 0-1.
Cambridge Player of the Day was Nathan Claridge.
Cambridge 1 v Whakatane Town 2
27 Jul 2013
Cambridge took the field against Whakatane Town looking at their third defence of the Federation Shield. Despite their recent form Whakatane came looking for their first positive result from their previous four fixtures. The visitors enjoyed the best of the first half and were looking re-invigorated from the return of some recent injured players.
Cambridge were put further on the backfoot when captain Glen Carmichael pulled up injured forcing an early substitution. The stalemate lasted until the 20th minute when Whakatane were awarded a questionable penalty. The visitors duly converted and went in at half time 0-1 up.
Cambridge came out in the second half with a second substitution when an injured Mat Wheeler was replaced by Brad Tunley, forcing Cambridge to re-organise. Cambridge got themselves back into the game 2 mins after the restart when midfielder Robbie Greenhalgh calmly placed a free-kick wide of the Whakatane goalkeeper.
Cambridge were enjoying the balance of play and the Whakatane ‘keeper was riding his luck. Despite attempts from Jack Taylor, Tom Woutersen, Greenhalgh, Tunley and Danny Styles, the game remained level. Both teams continued to press for the winner and Whakatane hit the home team with a sucker-punch two minutes from time with a speculative lobbed goal, against the run of play. Full time 1-2.
Cambridge’s Player of the Day – Robbie Greenhalgh
Matamata Swifts 3 v Cambridge 0
20 Jul 2013
Cambridge travelled to neighbouring Matamata with several first team squad players missing.
Games between these two teams are always intense and Cambridge looked to carry on their recent good form.
A reshuffled Cambridge struggled early and Matamata found room to play in midfield putting the Cambridge defence under early pressure.
Matamata took the lead midway through the first half when Cambridge failed to clear a corner and a home defender forced the ball home.
The visitors found themselves two goals down shortly after when they again failed to clear a corner and Matamata took full advantage.
Things continued to go badly for Cambridge when a defensive mistake let the Matamata forward through on goal to put the home team 3 up.
A re-organised Cambridge came out in the second half and looked to get back into the game, putting the home team on the back foot.
Cambridge made it more difficult for themselves before the hour mark when Josh Dagnall was dismissed for contesting a refereeing decision.
A second Cambridge player followed 15 minutes later when Nathan Claridge was dismissed for foul play.
Despite being down to nine men Cambridge continued to press forward and take the game to their hosts.
Despite their best endeavours Cambridge were unable to get the rewards their efforts deserved but held and dominated Matamata in the second period regardless of playing with fewer players.
A creditable second half performance from Cambridge and back to the drawing board before next week’s visit of Whakatane Town.
Cambridge’s Player of the Day was Patrick Woodlock (left).
Cambridge 6 v Otumoetai 2
13 Jul 2013
Cambridge were looking to avenge an early season defeat by the visitors and defend the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation Shield.
Early exchanges favoured Cambridge and they took the lead after 12mins when captain Glen Carmichael broke forward and beat the Otumoetai keeper at the near post.
Leading scorer Tom Woutersen followed with a second on the quarter hour mark.
Cambridge were totally in control and playing a short passing game, moving the visitors around the pitch.
The third goal came on the half hour with Carmichael getting his second. Carmichael completed his hat-trick shortly before half-time to emphasise Cambridge’s dominance.
Otumoetai came out in the second half with renewed endeavour and looked to get back into the game.
Patrick Woodlock and Adrian Clark were defiant at the heart of the defence with Mat Wheeler and Nathan Claridge holding out wide.
Despite Cambridge’s dominance, the visitors got a goal back in the 70th minute when the Cambridge back line failed to clear the ball and it was scrambled over from close range. Cambridge restored the margin when Woodlock burst forward to meet a perfectly delivered ball from Robbie Greenhalgh which was poked home from close range.
Cambridge were caught out again shortly afterwards but a final goal from Woutersen ensured a creditable result and a second successful Shield defence for Cambridge.
This was a controlled performance from Cambridge with a deserved win.
The Player of the Day was Claridge.
Melville United 0 v Cambridge 3
06 Jul 2013
Coming off the back of a couple of draws Cambridge were focussed on taking three points from their game with a Melville team that would take heart from a draw in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Cambridge started well and looked to play football, Melville looking to hit quickly on the counter attack.
First blood went to Cambridge in the 15th minute when a perfectly delivered free kick by Mat Wheeler was met with a powerful header by Jack Taylor leaving the Melville goalkeeper stranded.
Cambridge were solid at the back and restricted the Melville forwards and Nathan Claridge, Patrick Woodlock, Adrian Clark, Wheeler and Hayden Kilgour in the Cambridge defence ensured Fraser Nicholls in the Cambridge goal was a virtual spectator.
Cambridge continued to press and Tom Woutersen, Taylor and skipper Glen Carmichael were unlucky with chances going close.
Half-time 0-1 Cambridge.
Cambridge began the second half with increased movement and Robbie Greenhalgh, Josh Dagnall and Carmichael caused increased problems for the Melville midfield while up front, Taylor and Woutersen were giving the Melville defence a torrid time.
The second Cambridge goal was only a matter of time and came after a defence-splitting ball from Taylor from inside his own half, which put Woutersen through to finish capably.
Cambridge effectively finished the match five minutes later when Dagnall won the ball outside the Melville area, released the ball to Greenhalgh, whose pinpoint pass found Woutersen on hand to beat the Melville goalkeeper from inside the area.
Taylor had the ball in the back of the Melville net again but was adjudged to have been offside.
Substitutes Jason Szabo and Peter Loyd (replacing Dagnall and Woodlock) brought some fresh legs to the game and although Cambridge enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and control the score remained 0-3.
This was a solid performance from all the Cambridge players.
Player of the Day was Jack Taylor, for his work up front, assists and goal.
Cambridge 2 v Rotorua United 2
29 Jun 2013
Cambridge looked to defend their Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation Challenge Shield against a Rotorua United looking to get their season back on track.
Early exchanges were end to end with Cambridge looking to play the ball and Rotorua looking to hit on the counter attack.
Cambridge took the lead on the half hour when skipper Glen Carmichael and striker Jack Taylor put the Rotorua defence under pressure and the ball broke to Tom Woutersen whose first time shot wrong-footed the visitors’ goalkeeper.
Rotorua got back in the game before half-time when another long ball over the Cambridge defence fell to the Rotorua centre forward who took the ball round ‘keeper Hamish McKenzie to level the scores.
Half time 1-1.
Cambridge found themselves behind early in the second half when Rotorua converted a corner, crashing home a header from close range, in the 47th.
A reshuffled Cambridge midfield of Hayden Kilgour, Carmichael, Josh Dagnall and Jason Szabo worked hard against a 5-man Rotorua midfield and started to get some traction.
The constant Cambridge pressure was rewarded in the 67th minute when Woutersen scored his second, taking his season tally to 11.
The final quarter of the game was played out with Cambridge in the ascendency and looking to take all three points. They were unlucky not to do so when they had a goal disallowed in the 77th minute.
Despite constant pressure Cambridge were unlucky not to get winner.
While disappointed not to get the three league points, Cambridge could take comfort from the fact they had completed their first successful defence of the Shield.
Player of the day was Matt Pickles.
Tauranga Old Blues 2 v Cambridge 2
22 Jun 2013
Cambridge travelled to Tauranga Old Blues with the hosts, having been the early leaders of the league, looking to get their season back on track.
The match started at a fast pace with both teams looking to take the ascendency.
Cambridge got the early breakthrough in the 5th minute when TOB gave the ball away cheaply.
Skipper Glen Carmichael was on the loose ball outside of the TOB area quickly and sent and unstoppable shot high into the hosts net.
TOB came out with renewed endeavour but the Cambridge defence held firm.
The first half see-sawed until late in the half when a free-kick outside the Cambridge area was defended twice but the third TOB shot found the top of the Cambridge net, giving goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls no chance.
TOB came out more determined in the second half and immediately put Cambridge under pressure. Matt Pickles, Patrick Woodlock, Adrian Clark, Nathan Claridge and Hayden Kilgour working hard at the back to keep the hosts out.
Midway through the second half Tauranga took the lead when their forward wriggled through the Cambridge defence and his mis-hit shot wrong footed Nicholls and found the corner of the Cambridge net.
Cambridge are no longer a team to lie down, and looked to get back into the game with Robbie Greenhalgh, Andrew Taylor and Tom Woutersen increasingly giving the home team’s backs problems.
Carmichael and substitute Josh Dagnall were starting to give the TOB wide backs a torrid time and the equaliser came in the 72nd minute when after a period of sustained pressure, Woutersen saw his shot blocked by the goalkeeper but Carmichael was following up to net his second.
Cambridge continued to take the game to their opponents and were unlucky not to take all three points with Carmichael, Woutersen and Dagnall all going close.
Full time TOB 2 Cambridge 2.
A solid performance by a resolute Cambridge team and a hard earned point on the road. Cambridge Player of the Day – Hayden Kilgour.
Taupo 1 v Cambridge 3
15 Jun 2013
This week’s challenge saw Cambridge travelling to last year’s Waikato & Bay of Plenty Federation 1 champions Taupo.
Taupo, undefeated all of last year, have had a mixed start but remained unbeaten at home.
Cambridge were looking to improve on recent performances and results and were immediately on defence with a confident, capable and physical Taupo taking the game to the visitors. Nathan Claridge, Patrick Woodlock, Adrian Clark and Mat Wheeler restricted Taupo to shooting from distance but goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls needed to be alert to keep Taupo out.
Taupo almost took the lead in the 15th minute with crisp approach play but again Nicholls kept them out with a sharp diving save to his left to keep the ball out of the bottom corner. Robbie Greenhalgh, Hayden Kilgour, Glen Carmichael and Andy Taylor started to take control of the midfield and Tom Woutersen and Jack Taylor increasingly put pressure on the Taupo defence at the back.
Cambridge took the lead on 16 mins when after a period of Cambridge pressure Adrian Clark floated a deceptive cross into the area.
Taupo’s indecisive goalkeeper let the ball bounce in front of him, allowing the ball to hit the bar and it fell to Woutersen who calmly tapped the ball home.
0-1 to Cambridge.
A shocked Taupo again pressed hard but Cambridge hit them again in the 28th minute when good team build up play through Claridge, Kilgour, Andy Taylor and Jack Taylor allowed Greenhalgh to get wide on the right, slot the ball across to Woutersen in the area who again smashed the ball home.
0-2 to Cambridge.
Taupo, needing to get back into the game, increased pressure on Cambridge and despite resolute defence, Taupo got one back after a series of dubious free-kicks on the edge of the Cambridge area.
Half-time 1-2 to Cambridge.
The second half started in noticeably cooler conditions with Taupo putting Cambridge under constant pressure in an effort to get the equaliser.
Cambridge continued to defend well and Nicholls again had to be alert to deny Taupo with a sprawling one-on-one save.
Taupo became increasingly frustrated and became more physical in an attempt to unsettle a composed Cambridge team and Greenhalgh, Jack Taylor and Woutersen were singled out for cynical attention.
Cambridge remaining composed and structured, continued to play football and were rewarded in the 76th minute when another foul tackle resulted in a free kick just inside the Taupo half. Wheeler picked out his captain Carmichael with a pin-point delivery and Carmichael planted the header firmly passed the indecisive Taupo ‘keeper.
1-3 ro Cambridge.
The remaining minutes of the half were played out with an organised Cambridge controlling the play. The result means Cambridge are now the current holders of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Football Federation Challenge Shield.
An outstanding and determined display from the whole of the Cambridge team. Player of the Day – Mat Wheeler.
Cambridge 0 v Waikato Unicol 0
08 Jun 2013
After a good performance in the Chatham Cup, Cambridge were looking to get their league campaign back on track.
Unicol, an organised and fit team were always likely to challenge them. The first half saw both teams looking to counter attack, Unicol organised, and Cambridge struggling to find the form that ran Birkenhead close earlier in the week.
Chances went begging at both ends with good approach play by Jack Taylor and Tom Woutersen presenting Glen Carmichael with a glorious chance but he managed to miss the target.
At the other end goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls was kept on his toes keeping speculative Unicol chances out.
The second half started with Cambridge looking to take the initiative. Good pressure resulted in the closest opportunity of the game with Woutersen smashing a bullet header against the Unicol bar with the Unicol goalkeeper beaten.
Danny Styles and Robbie Greenhalgh worked tirelessly in the midfield for Cambridge but were unable to get any traction against an industrious Unicol.
Both defences were solid with Patrick Woodlock and Adrian Clark dominant at the back for the home team.
Andy Taylor,Josh Dagnall and Hayden Kilgour came off the bench late for Cambridge to inject some urgency, but the game was played out as a stalemate.
A disappointing result for Cambridge after the heroics in their last match, and sharing the points means both sides remain locked in midtable.
Player of the Day for Cambridge was the season’s leading goalscorer Woutersen.
Cambridge 2 v Birkenhead United 4
03 Jun 2013
A second half penalty and sending off turned the fortunes of this ASB Chatham Cup tie in which Cambridge mounted a brave challenge against one of the top teams in the upper North Island.
For an hour, Cambridge contained Birkenhead, a team that has lost only one league fixture since mid-2011 and which boasts several New Zealand age group internationals.
But the telling moment came after 67 minutes, with the scores tied 2-2, when Cambridge full back Nathan Claridge was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the penalty box.
Claridge was shown a second yellow card to leave his side reduced to 10 men, while junior All White Jack Hobson-McVeigh stabbed home the resulting spot kick to give his side the lead.
Until then, Cambridge had rattled their visitors, taking a 17th-minute lead through an Adrian Clark penalty.
Birkenhead came back with goals from Sam Jenkins and Adam Wallis to lead 2-1 at the break.
Midfielder Danny Styles gave a large Cambridge crowd hope when he scored from a free kick in the 55th minute to level.
At that stage, it looked as though Cambridge might pull off one of the Chatham Cup’s big upsets but the game turned with Birkenhead’s penalty and they put the result beyond doubt when Dylan Windrush scored after 72 minutes.
Cambridge can be proud of their three-match cup run and proved they could compete against a side four divisions higher – a fantastic day for the club and its supporters.
Ngongotaha 1 v Cambridge 2
25 May 2013
Cambridge travelled to Stembridge Park expecting a hard game against one of the fancied teams in Federation 1 league.
Early exchanges favoured Cambridge and the hosts struggled early to compete with Glen Carmichael, Robbie Greenhalgh, Danny Styles and Jason Szabo in midfield and the pace and movement of Tom Woutersen and Jack Taylor up front.
Despite their ascendency, Cambridge spurned several chances and the breakthrough didn’t come until the 16th minute when a defence-splitting through ball from Szabo found Carmichael whose surging run into the box was impeded, resulting in a penalty.
Adrian Clark stepped up to score the spot kick, putting Cambridge into a deserved lead.
Cambridge continued to press but were unable to add to their lead.
Ngongotaha shocked to be behind looked to hit Cambridge on the quick break.
Ngongotaha came out after the break with renewed intensity and put the Cambridge team on the back foot. Fraser Nicholls in the Cambridge goal, and Matt Pickles, Clark, Patrick Woodlock and Mat Wheeler at the back held firm until midway through the second half when an innocuous through ball was mis-controlled by the home forward deceiving Woodlock and allowing the home team to level the scores.
Sensing victory, Ngongotaha increased the pressure on Cambridge, but a resolute Cambridge held firm.
As the match headed into the final quarter, Styles, Greenhalgh and Carmichael started to dominate the increasingly physical midfield battle and Greenhalgh released Taylor whose mazy run left several defenders in his wake before a pin-point cross found Szabo on the far post, Szabo’s acrobatic finish putting the visitors back in front.
Ngongotaha again looked to get something out of the game but the Cambridge defence were resolute and ‘keeper Nicholls defiant.
The final 10 minutes of the game were played out with Cambridge in control and Ngongotaha increasingly frustrated.
It was a deserved 1-2 away victory for Cambridge against one of the leading Fed 1 teams.
Outstanding performances across the park for Cambridge – Player of the Day, Patrick Woodlock.
Cambridge 2 v Tauranga City United 2
18 May 2013
Cambridge were looking to follow up their Chatham Cup victory with a win against difficult opponents Tauranga City United.
Cambridge, notoriously slow starters were once again caught early on.
Cambridge failed to clear from defence allowing Tauranga to capitalise as early as the 4th minute despite goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls blocking the first attempt. 1-0 Tauranga.
Despite the early set-back Cambridge started to get a foothold in the game and Robbie Greenhalgh and Hayden Kilgour started to control play in the middle of the park.
Increasing possession and territory allowed Jack Taylor and Jason Szabo to constantly put the visitors defence under pressure.
This finally paid off in the 9th minute when Taylor persistence caused a mistake in the Tauranga defence which he duly finished to level the scores. Cambridge continued to dominate and were rewarded when Greenhalgh met a telling cross with a firm well-placed header, to put the home team into the lead.
Cambridge continued to dominate and were unlucky to concede when a speculative shot took a deflection and wrong footed the Cambridge keeper to make it 2-2.
The second half was played out with neither side able to gain the ascendency.
Cambridge continued to enjoy the majority of possession.
Adrian Clark, Patrick Woodlock, Matt Pickles and Mat Wheeler were controlled at the back and reduced Tauranga to long-range shooting and despite the visitors hitting the woodwork twice the Cambridge defence held firm.
In midfield Nathan Claridge and Glen Carmichael worked tirelessly out wide while Greenhalgh and Kilgour continued to control the centre.
Cambridge were unlucky not to get the winning goal with attempts from Taylor, Greenhalgh, Carmichael and Szabo well saved by the Tauranga stopper, whose display in the second half allowed the visitors a share of the points.
Player of the Day was Jack Taylor with a mention to Szabo and Wheeler for their stand-out performances.
Cambridge 1 v Lynn-Avon United 1
11 May 2013
* After extra time, Cambridge won 4-2 on penalties.
Cambridge pulled off one of the upsets of the round as they put Northern League side Lynn-Avon United out of this year’s ASB Chatham Cup in a thrilling game at John Kerkhof Park.
Having beaten another Auckland side, Nixon Park, 8-0 in the opening round of football’s oldest and most prestigious national cup competition, Cambridge took the field with a team hit by injuries and commitments to the local colleges tournament.
Despite a re-arranged team Cambridge were not overawed by their opponents and the first half was an even affair with Cambridge having the best of possession and Lynn-Avon having more scoring opportunities.
Cambridge were solid in their shape and the back four of Matt Pickles, Nathan Claridge, Patrick Woodlock and Adrian Clark keeping the Lynn Avon forwards at distance.
Fraser Nicholls in the Cambridge goal ably dealt with any shots Lynn-Avon had.
After a scoreless first half, Cambridge came out in the second half with renewed determination and Danny Styles, skipper Glen Carmichael, Josh Dagnall and Andy Taylor in the Cambridge midfield started to get some territory in the game.
Despite Cambridge’s determination they were unable to get any threatening possession to Jack Taylor and Jason Szabo up front.
The game was ‘end to end’ and with neither team able to break the dead-lock.
With the scores deadlocked at full-time, the referee resorted to extra time and Cambridge introduced substitutes Hayden Kilgour and Josh Clark, the fresh legs helping the home team take the game to their opponents.
Even though Cambridge were pressing, it was Lynn-Avon who took a 104th minute lead when Jason Teal rose to meet a corner and planted the header firmly past the Cambridge stopper.
Despite the set-back, Cambridge showed this is no longer a team to lie down and they came back at their visitors with renewed intent.
They were rewarded in the 115th min when Claridge sent a telling ball into the Lynn-Avon area, Jack Taylor rose to beat the Lynn-Avon defenders to flick the ball on to a waiting Szabo who gratefully smashed the ball past the visitors’ goalkeeper.
Lynn-Avon were prevented from nicking the tie in the final minute when Nicholls made a game-saving stop at full stretch to keep Cambridge in the tie.
And so the tie went to a penalty shootout.
The penalties took place in front of the Cambridge partisan crowd. Lynn-Avon’s first effort was saved by Nicholls. Szabo scored Cambridge’s first penalty. 0-1. Lynn Avon hits post 0-1. Carmichael (Cambridge) scores. 0-2. Lynn-Avon score. 1-2. Woodlock (Cambridge) scores. 1-3. Lynn Avon score. 2-3. Adrian Clark (Cambridge) scores after a retake. 2-4.
And Cambridge’s cup dreams remain alive!
This was a determined and valiant effort by the Cambridge side which showed teamwork and belief.
Player of the Day was Fraser Nicholls.
Cambridge 3 v Matamata Swifts 2
04 May 2013
Cambridge were looking to put last week’s disappointing result behind them in this week’s clash with local rivals Matamata Swifts.
The game started at a fast pace and was always going to be a competitive physical clash.
Unconverted chances at both ends saw the match even until the 20 min mark when Fraser Nicholls made a good save.
Cambridge were unable to clear the ball and conceded a free kick just outside the area which Matamata duly took advantage of and opened the scoring.
Cambridge levelled shortly afterwards when the Matamata goalkeeper was adjudged to have picked up a back pass.
Danny Styles smashed the ball home from a tee up from Jack Taylor.
Cambridge were forced to make substitutions when both Lee McNally and Tom Woutersen sustained injuries, to be replaced by Mat Wheeler and Andy Taylor.
Matamata looked to take advantage of the changes and after a sustained period of pressure were awarded a penalty for handball.
Nicholls in the Cambridge goal went the wrong way and Matamata took a 2-1 lead, which they held until the half-time break.
Cambridge came out in the second half looking to take the honours in this local derby and increased the intensity and pressure on their visitors.
Despite increased pressure from the home team, Matamata were determined to hold on to their 2-1 lead.
A change in formation allowed Cambridge to chase the game. Patrick Woodlock, Danny Styles, Adrian Clark and Josh Clark increasingly controlled the game in midfield, and Jack Taylor and Glen Carmichael made life at the back uncomfortable for the visitors defence.
Cambridge’s patience was rewarded in the 84th minute when Jason Szabo was fouled in the area with a penalty awarded just before Jack Taylor forced the ball over the line.
Adrian Clark calmly stepped up to score the penalty giving the Matamata ‘keeper no chance.
Cambridge continued to press looking to take the game, and their efforts were rewarded in injury time when a Matamata defender handled the ball from a perfectly delivered Josh Clark corner.
Adrian Clark again stepped up to coolly convert the penalty giving a 3-2 lead to Cambridge.
A determined fight back in the second half from Cambridge ended with the honours to the home team.
A number of players could be considered for Player of the Day for a fantastic second half fight-back, but the honour goes to Josh Clark for his determination, effort and two perfectly delivered game changing corners.
Otumoetai 3 v Cambridge 0
27 Apr 2013
Cambridge travelled to Otumoetai looking to build on their midweek Chatham Cup win.
Cambridge struggled for early rhythm and Otumoetai enjoyed the lion’s share of possession.
The breakthrough came just after the half hour when after an attack down the home teams right Fraser Nicholls in the Cambridge goal was adjudged to have fouled the Otumoetai forward in the box.
The resulting spot-kick was duly converted despite Nicholls close attempt.
The rest of the half was played out evenly balanced and the teams went in at 1-0 to the home team.
The second half started in a similar pattern with Otumoetai enjoying greater possession and Cambridge struggling to get a foot-hold in the game. Otumoetai’s second goal came after a missed clearance broke to an unmarked player on the edge of the penalty area who smashed the shot into the top right-hand corner.
Andy Taylor and Szabo were introduced were introduced after 55 mins to inject some urgency and competitiveness into the Cambridge game.
Their fresh legs almost resulted in a goal when Jack Taylor was unlucky to have his header cleared off the line. Cambridge continued to press forward but were dealt a third blow when a counter attack down the right ended in Otumoetai’s third goal.
Cambridge were unlucky to have a consolation goal ruled out when Tom Woutersen netted but was adjudged to have unfairly won the ball.
Cambridge Player of the Day was Adrian Clark who was solid at the back.
Cambridge 8 v Nixon Park 0
25 Apr 2013
Cambridge were looking to start their Chatham Cup journey with an ANZAC Day fixture against Nixon Park of the A5 Auckland Sunday League.
Cambridge wanted to dictate the pace of the match and started the match at a quick pace, forcing the visitors back and exerting early pressure.
The Cambridge pressing game and pace paid off as early in the match as the 3rd minute when the ball broke to Tom Woutersen who smashed an unstoppable shot into the top left hand corner. Cambridge continued to stifle the Nixon Park short passing game and penned Nixon Park back into their own half and were unlucky not to go two ahead when Woutersen chased down a long ball and forced a goal-line clearance.
The pattern of the game was set, and Cambridge who continued to look for a second were again unlucky when Jason Szabo won the ball in midfield releasing Woutersen whose shot was well saved.
The Nixon Park resistance was again broken when a corner was well met by Jack Taylor whose goal-bound shot was turned in for Woutersen’s and Cambridge’s second.
Nixon Park were struggling to come to terms with the pace and movement of Cambridge and their defence was again breached in the 25th minute when a saved shot from Josh Dagnall was followed up again by Woutersen who beat the goalkeeper to complete his hat-trick.
The remainder of the half was played out with Cambridge looking to build on their lead and Nixon Park looking to hit Cambridge on the break.
Despite some good chances for Cambridge some resolute defending and timely goalkeeping kept the half-time score at 3-0.
The second half started with Cambridge again dictating the tempo and play and their patient build-up was rewarded as early as the 55th minute when goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls hit Woutersen with an accurate kick, Woutersen’s header found Jack Taylor whose strong, direct run was ended in a foul inside the penalty area.
Adrian Clark, who had been dominant at the back stepped up to confidently convert the spot-kick. Cambridge increased their lead in the 58th minute when a through ball from Glen Carmichael found Dagnall free on the wing.
Dagnall’s low, hard cross was met by Patrick Woodlock who finished with composure.
Cambridge were looking comfortable at 5-0 and this allowed the opportunity to introduce fresh legs with Nathan Claridge and Mat Wheeler replacing Dagnall and Szabo.
Cambridge’s fresh impetus resulted in the 6th goal in the 57th minute when Josh Clark released Woutersen on goal, and his strong run brought his 4th goal (Cambridge’s 6th) despite the despairing defenders challenge.
This was closely followed by the 7th Cambridge goal when an accurate Andy Taylor corner was met with and unstoppable header by Matt Pickles, the defender’s first goal for his new club.
Cambridge Player of the Day Woutersen was replaced in the 80th minute by Brett Clark who within minutes almost scored a header but was unlucky to see his attempt narrowly miss.
The scoring was completed in the final minute of the match when Claridge’s strong run and pass to Woodlock was quickly moved on to Andy Taylor who finished confidently easily beating the Nixon Park keeper.
Overall a good result and a positive performance from a dominant Cambridge team.
Strong performances and contribution from everyone in the Cambridge team with stand-out displays from Woutersen, Adrian Clark and Woodlock.
Cambridge 2 v Melville United 2
20 Apr 2013
Cambridge’s second home match of the 2013 season against Melville United got off to a grey and wet start.
Both team struggled early on to come to terms with the conditions with Melville adapting better in the first 15 minutes though the game remained balanced.
Melville, desperate to prevent a third loss gave ground in the second 15 mins, though Cambridge could not convert dominating possession to goals.
Melville woke up in the final third of the first half and spread the ball across the pitch.
Melville’s control and long ball game resulted in Fraser Nicholls, the Cambridge goalkeeper being the busier of the two stoppers.
Solid defence from Cambridge, marshalled by Adrian Clark and an alert Nicholls ensured the teams went in at 0-0 at the end of the first half.
Cambridge came out in the second half and dominated the game for the first 15 minutes though still could not break down the Melville defence and convert possession into chances.
Lee McNally, Patrick Woodlock and Glen Carmichael were busy in midfield where the majority of the play was taking place.
Melville continued to counter-attack well and were rewarded in the 68th minute when a break down the left resulted in a cross that bounced favourably after a good block by the Cambridge ‘keeper, to the Melville striker who scored from close range.
Buoyed by their success, Melville continued to defend solidly and look to hit Cambridge on the counter.
They were rewarded in the 73rd minute when counter-attacking quickly the Melville left wing was not closed down quickly and he struck and unstoppable dipping shot over the stranded Nicholls.
Cambridge brought on the experienced Wayne Watson in place of stoic defender Steve Lee as they looked to get something out of the game.
The change and shock of being 0-2 behind woke Cambridge up and they looked to put pressure on Melville.
Determination and character saw Cambridge claw themselves back into the match and after a series of free-kicks Cambridge were rewarded when a direct free-kick on the left was scored direct by Josh Dagnall, runs from Tom Woutersen and Jason Szabo distracting the Melville keeper.
Cambridge continued to apply pressure and were attacking Melville down both wings through Andrew Taylor and Dagnall and through the middle through Woodlock, Carmichael, McNally and Szabo.
Cambridge were finally rewarded in injury time when Watson got onto a through ball and squeezed the ball passed the flat-footed Melville keeper.
Despite extended injury time, neither team could find a winner and the game ended in an even 2-2 draw.
Overall a creditable performance by Cambridge and Melville will be pleased to stop a run of defeats.
Rotorua United 1 v Cambridge 5
13 Apr 2013
Cambridge travelled away to Rotorua Utd looking for their first win of the season.
Conditions were good though the pitch was hard and unforgiving.
Cambridge started at a fast pace and put Rotorua under early pressure with some good attacking link up play between Andy Taylor, Tom Woutersen and Jack Taylor.
Early pressure was rewarded within 4 mins when Andy Taylor's run and cross found Woutersen in the Rotorua area for a well taken finish.
Cambridge continued to attack though Rotorua had recovered from the early goal and were starting to get some possession.
The next 15 mins saw end to end football with chances at both ends.
Continued endeavours from Cambridge saw a good ball into the box handled by a Rotorua defender.
Woutersen first shot was well saved by the keeper but he couldn’t keep out Woutersens follow up.
More chances came Cambridge’s way with Andy Taylor going close after a defence splitting ball from Woodlock.
Rotorua continued to exert pressure on the Cambridge midfield and backs and were rewarded in the 42min when their pressure forced McNally into a mistake, allowing the Rotorua forward and unchallenged run on goal, which he finished off giving the Cambridge GK, Nicholls no chance.
Half time 1-2 to Cambridge.
Cambridge came out for the second half with renewed composure and were again rewarded early when a great 25 yard shot from the Cambridge captain Carmichael left the home goalkeeper standing but came back off the bar. Cambridge forwards were more alive to the situation and the follow up from Jack Taylor was converted with composure.
Cambridge continued to press and were enjoying the majority of possession and again took advantage when a pin-point through ball from Adrian Clark found Andy Taylor who made it 1-4 with a well taken 1st time finish.
Cambridge were now looking comfortable and rounded off the scoring in the 80th minute when Danny Styles put Woutersen through to complete his hat-trick.
A tough, competitive away match in the Bay which, although Cambridge didn’t play at their best, they came away with their 1st win of the season.
Stand-out performances from Woutersen, Woodlock, Carmichael and Adrian Clark
Cambridge 2 v Tauranga Old Blues 4
07 Apr 2013
Cambridge started their Federation League 1 campaign with a tough home match against a new-look Tauranga Old Blues.
The match started in near perfect conditions with both teams playing at a high tempo.
Early exchanges favoured Cambridge’s short passing game with Tauranga looking to move the ball quickly wide to release their fast forwards.
As the game settled Cambridge enjoying the majority of the possession though Tauranga continued to threaten and had the lion’s share of attempts on goal.
Goalkeeper Fraser Nicholls needing to be alert on several occasions.
Despite Tauranga’s ascendency in chances it was Cambridge who took the lead just before the break when Jack Taylor continued last years good form to finish off a flowing move.
The second half started with possession even, but after some sustained pressure by Glen Carmichael, J Taylor and Tom Woutersen the ball was again forced home to be credited as an own goal.
Tauranga introduced experienced substitutes in their pursuit of the game and their pressure resulted in a goal at 64 mins.
Tauranga chased the equaliser, playing quick passing football through midfield to their speedy forwards.
Cambridge’s resistance finally wavered with the equaliser coming in the 84th minute. Tauranga continued their direct approach and more goals followed in the 86th and 90th minute.
A hard, competitive introduction to Federation 1 against a strong Tauranga Old Blues team.
Overall a good team performance with stand-out contributions from Josh Clark and Paddy Woodlock.
Rotorua United 6 v Cambridge 8
25 Aug 2012
Cambridges continued unbeaten run was taken to Rotorua for what would become a memorable match . Spring sunshine greeted the teams and the first 3 minutes gave a glimpse of what was to come .Straight from the kick off Dagnall found himself in a shooting position , unleashed ,only to see the ball rebound from the post with the keeper beaten.Seconds later Taylor let fly to be denied by the bar , to then see Rotorua go to the other end and score.Hedges on the edge of the box hit a controlled left footed shot on the 13 th minute to equalise for Cambridge .Shane Lee Jenkins delivered the Cambridge lead shortly afterwards with a sweet left footed shot . Both attacks looked threatening and both defences looked threatened as the see saw encounter carried on .The 23 rd minute saw the tie draw level as a hard volley found the back of the net for the home team.Josh Clarke was awarded a penalty from a cynical act and captain Hedges duely delivered .The next 2 minutes saw Rotorua pull one back before Dagnall on the stroke of half time put Cambridge ahead 4-3 at the break. Shane scored his second in the 53 minute to give Cambridge a 2 goal margin . The next3 minutes saw 2more goals, the first to Rotorua , the 2nd a Dagnall/Taylor link up with Taylor delivering the goal to now make it 6-4 to Cambridge .Cambridge extended the lead in the 70th minute seeing Cambridge go to 7 thanks to Taylor, and 5 minutes before the end again Taylor sscored securing his hatrick with Cambridge now having a 4 goal margin at 8-4. The game however typically refused to die and the 85th and 86th minutess saw 2 goals for Rotorua to bring the score to 8-6 . Rotorua believing that anything was possible in this match pushed on. However despite confusion on and off the pitch as to the score the game remained at 8-6 resulting in the most goals scored and conceded in a league game by Cambridge this seaon , and probably any other .
On a day when a spreadsheet would have been of more use to record the game than a notebook ,Mich Claridge in his best performance of the season so far was player of the day . Next week away to West Ham .
Camrbidge U19s 3 v Matamata 1
18 Aug 2012
Cambridge continued their preparations for the national Under 19 championships in Napier with an impressive 3-1 victory against local rivals Matamata.
The game started in the now usual Cambridge style with the young side dominating possession. Combinations are evolving in all areas and Cambridge spent the first 5 mins of the match asking questions of Matamata down both flanks and through the midfield.
The breakthrough came in the 6th minute when Jack Taylor latched on to a through ball to slot the first goal past the Matamata keeper.
Cambridge continued to stifle the away team and pressed the game from the front with Taylor, Zach Mayo, Mitchell Claridge, Josh Dagnall and Caleb Wilkinson forcing the Matamata team to play long from the back.
Tom Gifford, Josh Clark and Daniel Clark were dealing with long balls comfortably at the back and starting the next wave of attack through Hayden Kilgour. Inevitably the second goal came with Cambridge enjoying a long passage of possession and probing until the opportunity again came through the middle with Zach Mayo getting first to the through ball to see the ball into the Matamata net.
Matamata changed formation to deal with Cambridge’s dominance and were rewarded in the 40th minute with a goal. A snap shot was well saved by Cambridge ‘keeper Daniel Gower but Cambridge were slow to clear the ball and Cambridge old-boy Scott Parsonage was on hand to score. Half time 2-1.
Cambridge began the second half in the same dominant fashion and continued to press. Dylan Stringer and Matty Wheeler had come on as half-time substitutions, fitting well into the team and pattern of play.
Cambridge were unlucky on a number of occasions with Taylor and Dagnall causing problems for the Matamata defence, supported by the ubiquitous Cambridge midfield.
The possession and territorial dominance enjoyed by Cambridge again paid off in the 65th minute when a period of pressure resulted in Stringer firing in a shot, which the Matamata keeper was unable to hold.
The rest of the game was played out with Cambridge enjoying the lion’s share of possession and territory. Another fine performance by the young Cambridge side with strong performances in all areas of the field. Player of the Day was Tom Gifford.
Tokoroa 0 v Cambridge Under 19s 2
11 Aug 2012
Cambridge began its build-up to October’s national Under 19 championships in Napier by fielding a young squad in this match at Tokoroa in the extended Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 2 League.
Tokoroa, who have grown into the Fed2 League following last season’s promotion, were expected to provide a good first test for the Cambridge squad which included seven players aged 16 or under, and two debutants.
Cambridge began the game confidently and played their usual possession and passing game with Craig Hedges and Hayden Kilgour prominent in the midfield. Jack Taylor, Zach Mayo and Mitchell Claridge pressed the Tokoroa deep in the home team’s half, and made it difficult for the home side to play the ball out of their own half of the pitch.
Daniel Clark, Tom Gifford and Josh Clark were confident and assured in defence and ensured that goalkeeper Daniel Gower was a virtual spectator. The young Cambridge side continued to press Tokoroa high up the pitch and despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession and territory, clear cut chances were few and the half ended goalless.
The second half saw a change in formation and player positions, and immediately showed an increase in tempo and intensity. Debutant Dylan Stringer, on for an injured Josh Dagnall, began to settle into the formation and linked up well with Claridge with Daniel Clark resuming business as usual down the right flank. Cambridge’s patient possession build up play began to wear down the resistance of the stoic home team and the breakthrough eventually came in the 77th minute. Taylor was released to run at the Tokoroa defence and rounded two defenders to place a shot wide of the Tokoroa keeper – his 6th in three matches against the hosts.
Cambridge continued to press and the pressure paid off again shortly afterwards with a second goal awarded as an own goal, which arguably could be credited again to Taylor. The remaining game played out in the now familiar fashion with Cambridge in control.
This was a great start for the young Cambridge squad. Joint Players of the Day, Hedges and Hayden Kilgour, were both tireless in the engine room of the Cambridge team.
Next week the team’s at home to Matamata to provide the next piece in the U19 preparation jigsaw.
Cambridge 2 v Te Awamutu 1
04 Aug 2012
Cambridge finished their Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 2 season with victory over local rivals Te Awamutu, with all the goals coming in the final stages.
Having already secured the league’s second spot the previous weekend, ensuring promotion to next year’s top division, Cambridge could have been forgiven for relaxing in this game.
But the home side came out determined to get revenge for their 1-0 loss at Te Awamutu two weeks before.
Despite having two-thirds of the possession in the first half, Cambridge could not break through and the sides went into the break scoreless.
Coach Karl Dagnall made three substitutions early in the second half and the goal chances started to come.
Sub Joe Gifford hit a screaming shot with his first touch, forcing an outstanding save from the Te Awamutu ‘keeper.
Finally, after 75 minutes, the Reds took the lead when striker Jack Taylor notched his 14th goal of the season.
Te Awamutu came back at Cambridge with a flurry of goal attempts, hitting the bar and finding a well-worked equaliser in the 80th minute.
Cambridge stuck to their passing game and forced a series of five corners in the final stages.
From one of those, with only four minutes left to play, Gifford got his head to the ball, deflecting it into the net for the winner.
The Connect NZ Player of the Day was Josh Clark while midfielder Craig Hedges got through a power of work.
Katikati 1 v Cambridge 1
28 Jul 2012
Cambridge have secured a spot in next season’s Waikato and Bay of Plenty Federation 1 league after a well-earned draw against promotion rivals Katikati.
Needing a draw or better, the young Cambridge side took the game to Katikati from the kick-off, as the locals looked nervous and tentative.
Five minutes in, Cambridge scored their vital goal. It started when midfielder Craig Hedges crashed a long-range shot against the Katikati crossbar and the rebound was not properly cleared.
The ball came to left winger Jamie Coomber who kept his cool and chipped a delightful shot into the far corner of the goal. It was Coomber’s first goal of the season and a just reward for the club veteran who only a year ago suffered the pain of the club’s relegation from football’s Northern League.
The goal meant Katikati needed to score at least twice to put themselves in with a chance of promotion, but Cambridge stuck to their close passing game and dominated possession.
As the game wore on, chances fell to Cambridge’s Mitchell Claridge and Joe Gifford while Katikati were reduced to hopeful shots from distance, none of which seriously threatened Cambridge ‘keeper Aidan Taylor.
With the clock running down, Katikati played a desperate ball into the Cambridge box and found an equaliser after 88 minutes.
But Cambridge kept their nerve to share the points and ensure first division football next year.
Cambridge play their final league fixture against Te Awamutu at home next Saturday.
Cambridge 1 v West Hamilton United 0
21 Jul 2012
A grey day greeted the teams with Cambridge all to play for to keep promotion hopes alive against lowly ranked West Hamilton.Having won the previous encounter 3-1 Cambridge were in bullish mood for the fixture .However this West Ham team had come to play rather than accommodate the Cambridge dream.The first 30 minutes saw chances for both teams and whilst Cambridge had the upper hand , this was going to be no easy task for them . The pivotal moment of the match came in the 30th minute when Craig Hedges found himself in space on the edge of the box and hit a delightfull left footed shot placed over the keepers head and into the roof of the net .1-0 to Cambridge .A 2nd seemed close when a hard low shot by Joe Gifford resulted in a great save by the opposing keeper .Further efforts by Adrain Clark , and Gifford again went close to increasing the score , but at half time it remained 1 nil to Cambridge.The next 30 saw a continuation of the first half with Cambridge asking most of the questions , but W.H.U. still a serious threat .On loan striker Dan Podjursky worked hard all game and posed a real threat but succumbed to a nasty ankle injury to be replaced by Simon Lockwood.This nearly gave Cambridge the break they needed good work from Dagnell put Lockwood in with a chance , but the fine shot failed to create the 2nd goal.The last 15 saw keeper , and player of the day Alistair Mcquarter
pull off a string of excellent saves to compound the great aerial work he had done all day .With chances going begging at both ends , and W.H.U. pushing for the equaliser Cambridge were pleased to hear the final whistle and secure the 3 points.Next week away to Katikati with 3 points securing promotion . Thanks to the large band of home fans for their support
Te Awamutu 1 v Cambridge fed 2 0
14 Jul 2012
The season had 4 games to go for the Cambridge firsts as they took on T.A. for the first time this season . A win would make promotion a step closer . The game started off in familiar fashion with CFC takeing the play to their hosts.With chances for both sides going begging ,the first 30 were generally a scrappy affair before C.F.C.Keeper Matty was at full stretch to keep a T.A shot out by getting both hands to the ball . Cambridge had the position, but were not looking comfortable in defence , and an upset looked possible.Kilgour came close for Cambridge and the 1st half was drawing to a close when a T.A. strike went over the Cambridge keeper for a first goal.Disaster nearly struck from the restart , Cambridge loseing the ball deep in defence and with the T.A. striker one on one with the Cambridge keeper only the skill and bravery of the keeper kept out a 2nd.Cambridge came out the brighter in the 2nd half , but T.A. direct free kick was only prevented by the acrobatics of the CFC keeper.The next 30 minutes saw Cambridge push for the equaliser with Dagnall for Cambridge looking the most probable to score .With an unusual lack of discipline Cambridge picked up yellow cards , and gave away free kicks.Chances were still being created by Cambridge , and a pinpoint cross by Cambridge sub Jones found Adrian Clarks head , but without an end result.Late in the game a T.A. break was ended in robust fashion by Brett Clark, when the T.A attack had only the keeper to beat. The referee ended the game on the 90th minute with the score still at 1-0 and an upset for the form book. With results elsewhere going in Cambridges favour , a far more diciplined approach next Saturday at home to West Ham , should see the boys back on track.
Cambridge player of the day Hayden Kilgour.Thanks to the club for the services of on loan striker Wayne Watson.
Matamata 2 v Cambridge 5
30 Jun 2012
A bright sunny day, and a footballing pitch greeted the mens team as they looked to get back on track and reclaim the promotion slot that they lost after the last 2 results .Early pressure from Cambridge paid off in the 2nd minute when birthday boy Daniel Clark ran down rhe right flank ,cut in and his shot found the back of the net.5 minutes later Jack Taylor added a 2nd and enforced his claim on the golden boot for this division .Cambridge were attacking at will , and in the 20th minute , Clark again on the attack slipped and seemed to have lost the chance , but recovered and his deflected shot beat the keeper to make it 3 nil.More was to come in the 23rd minute when Adrian Clarks volley gave Cambridge a 4 nil lead .Debutant Cambridge keeper Gower having dealt confidently with the first half hour was unfortunate to be beaten with a rare headed attempt to give Matamata a goal back .A precision left footed Coomber cross for Cambridge found the head of Taylor to score his 2nd, and Cambridges 5th.Gifford powerfull and industrious in the midfield put Taylor though who just failed to convert .The 2nd half promised much but with Cambridge still dominant chances for Dagnall and Taylor were left unconverted .Keeper Gower saved Cambridge from concedeing a 2nd with an acrobatic dive to his right hand post as Matamata pressed forward . Cambridges defence froze in the 76th minute failing to clear allowed a matamata striker to just head past Gower.
Cambidge with 70% posession in the 2nd half could not add to the first halfs 5 goals .A herioc headed block by Cambridge player of the day Kilgour prevented a flattering 3rd for Matamata just before time .No bookings , great team work , 3 points and an improved goal difference things could hardly be better for Cambridge . However the iceing on the cake was yet to come , a shock 4 nil defeat for 2nd placed Clube Alegria at Tokoroa allowed Cambridge to leapfrog Clube and go back to the promotion slot. Next week a bye and on the 14th July away to Te Awamutu.
Tauranga 4 v Cambridge 1
17 Jun 2012
With the teams level on points at the top of the table , this was going to be a decisive match for both sides. Tauaranga started briskly using high balls for the attention of the tall front line .After 8 minutes Cambridge failed to clear the aerial battle and with a succession of headers in the area , a headed attempt put Tauaranga one nil up .Cambridge through Hedges and Taylor went close a few times before in the 20th minute another cross met with a Tauranga head to make it 2 nil to the hosts . Cambridge were under pressure up to the break and a combination of resolute defending and good fortune kept the score at 2 nil at half time.Despite this, Cambridge had good opportunities but failed to convert . Cambridge came out looking to get an early goal back , however on the first attack of the half for the hosts a carefully placed shot made it 3 nil . A foul on Cambridge striker Hedges resulted in a Coomber free kick , and from the ensuing melee an own goal gave Cambridge a slim chance of getting something from the game .Hedges for Cambridge continued to attack the hosts goal , however on the 90th minute with Cambridge stiil pressing forward Tauranga scored a 4th and sealed the game beyond any doubt. Player of the day for Cambridge Craig Hedges . Next week home to third in the table Club Alegria , another tough battle , kick off 2.45.
Cambridge 4 v Tokoroa 1
09 Jun 2012
Cambridge were looking to make it 6 league wins in a row against todays opponents Tokoroa.Cambridge dominated from the start, and despite a number of good chances it took 20 minutes to break the deadlock.Dagnall and Hedges working well together up front supplied Taylor who with his golden boot shoots low and hard inside the left hand post.More chances went begging when an Adrian Clark cross was headed in by Hedges only to see the effort disallowed by thr referee.Dagnall, the busiest man for Cambridge , did enough to thwart an otherwise free header for a rare Tokoroa attack.A flurry of Cambridge attacks , and corners concluded the first half with Hedges going close but unable to add to the half time score. 5 minutes into the 2nd half a direct free kick for Tokoroa launched long and high was lost in the sun by Cambridge keeper McQuarters , creeping under the bar to level the match.12 minutes later a Kilgour cross met Taylors head with the ever present Dagnall lashing the loose ball into the net for his 2nd consecutive goal this season.Tokoroa attacked on the break and Hassan rescued Cambridge with a goal saving tackle midway though the 2nd half.Wilkinson busy on the flanks fed Taylor ,for the Cambridge striker to shoot and score his 2nd of the day .Wilkinson nearly put his own name on the score sheet minutes later when a mix of effort and skill saw him one on one with the keeper but just unable to finish. In the final minutes Cambridge were pushing hard to add to the score .A sweetly hit Adrian Clark corner was met with a crashing unstopable header by hatrick hero Taylor to finish the game at 4-1 to the hosts .Results elsewhere favoured Cambridge leaving them joint league leaders with a game in hand .Player of the day Taylor , joint league leading scorer. Special thanks to new father this week McQuarters for his role in the teams victory .Next week away to co-leaders in the league,Tauranga City United .
Rotorua United 1 v Cambridge 3
02 Jun 2012
A bright sunny day greeted both teams in Rotorua for the first return leg of the season . Cambridge won the first encounter 3-1 on the first day of the season and were looking for a repeat performance . From the warm up this was clearly a different looking Rotorua side , with a more youthfull aspect.Both sides started at a fast pace , with the dominance coming from Cambridge.Cambridge squandered a number of early chances before in the 27th minute Josh Dagnall was dragged down in the box, and Adrian Clark converted the resulting spot kick .1 nil to Cambridge . The final 5 minutes of the first half saw a flurry of chances for Cambridge with Jack Taylor and Adrain Clark both missing the target by inches. Just on half time Jack Taylor and Craig Hedges combined leaving Craig one on one with the keeper and a neat lob making it 2 nil to Cambridge . Rotorua however were proving stern opposition and 10 minutes into the 2nd half a seemingly perfect tackle from Stuart Jones resulted in a direct free kick which was buried with venom by the opposition . At 2 -1 the game was on again and Rotorua pressed hard for the equaliser.With minutes remaining Cambridge surged forward , Dagnall robbing the keeper outside of his box and with an open goal the ball edged just wide of the post . However redemption was on hand , Jones put Dagnall through and with a seemingly impossible task Dagnall converted to seal the game at 3-1.In the last minute of the game Daniel Clark hurdled a number of lungeing challenges to launch a final assault on goal but to no avail. Final score 3 -1 to Cambridge , with clear blue sky between Cambridge in 2nd spot and the third placed team .Player of the day for the 2nd time in 3 weeks , David Hassan , for a solid, dependable, industrious, and sangfroid performance.Special thanks also to Ken Graham for his assistance this week .Next Saturday, home to Tokoroa at 2.45.
Cambridge 1 v Katikati 0
26 May 2012
Today was to prove a stern test of our young promotion hopefulls.Katikati set the pace from the start and the first 10 minutes belonged to them with a series of attacks.Cambridge settled after 15 minutes , with Dagnall, Taylor , and new attacking option Hedges all creating chances for Cambridge. However Katikati still posed a serious threat and only a goal saving tackle from Adrian Clark prevetend first blood to the visitors.Clark , as industrious as ever was within a fraction of scoring at the other end when his shot hit the inside of the post and rolled along the goal line only for the keeper tp recover.A series of corners before half time saw Jamie Coomber deliver the perfect cross for Taylor to powerfully head home on 42 minutes .Cambridge 1 nil up at half time . 5 minutes into the second half disaster nearly struck when a uncharacteristic fumble by keeper McCann from katikati free kick nearly drew the sores level .The 2nd half saw Katikati come back into the game and threaten , with again Adrian Clark clearing off the line for Cambridge .Cambridge still attacked With Dagnall ,and Taylor going close. The last 15 minutes saw Cambridge under serious attack ,however at the final whistle the result remained 1 nil , with a fourth consecutive clean sheet thanks to departing keeper McCann . Special thanks to the officals who were excellent ,and a larger than normal band of noisy home supporters . Player of the day Josh Dagnall,and best wishes to Keeper Paul McCann on his move to Wellington .Next week away to Rotorua .
West Hamilton United 0 v Cambridge 3
19 May 2012
Cambridge were looking to get back to winning ways after last weeks Chatham cup defeat . Away to West Hamilton provided the first opportunity to do so on the notorious Weka Street pitch . Cambridge got off to the best possible start when a slotted through ball from Stuart Jones found Jack Taylor who with customary efficiency scored to put Cambridge 1 nil up after 90 seconds.Cambridge settled and started to dominate when Caleb Wilkinson hit a hard low shot with the post denying Cambridge a second.Cambridge played short and fast with Westham playing long ball and direct,partly due to the kicking power of their goalkeeper . Despite the dominance of Cambridge it remained 1 nil at half time.Cambridge picked up where they left off in the second half pushing for a second which duely came in the 53rd minute courtesy of good link up play between Tom Gifford and Josh Dagnell allowing Jack Taylor again to score with a low shot.With the arrival of substitutions , Stuart Jones was pushed into a more attacking role and narrowly missed first with his head, and then a heavy touch lost the opportunity when one on one with the keeper. .In the last minutes of the game substitute Jamie Coomber made a darting run into the penalty area only to be bowled over giving Adrian Clark the opportunity at the penalty spot to make it 3 nil which he did so.Final score 3 nil , our 3rd clean sheet in the league in a row, and 3 points to keep us in the promotion race. A very solid team performance with everyone contributing well, however player of the day was Adrian Clark. Next Saturday home to Katikati 2.45.
Cambridge 0 v Waiuku 7
13 May 2012
This Cambridge team aspire to compete in the same division as todays Chatham cups opponents Waiuku, as part of a 2 year development programme . Today was an opportunity to see how far we had come and how far we still had to go . The game started at a fast pace with Waiuku asking questions of the Cambridge defence from the start . An early goal from the visitors showed what was to come . Playing direct football Waiuku targetted a highly experienced and able centre forward who was making the Cambridge defence work at full pace. The 2nd goal followed shortly after . Cambridge were making a few attacks themselves ,with some convertible chances but went in at the break 3 nil down . Within 10 minutes of the restart Cambridge were 5 nil down . The game now beyond them , Cambridge were into damage limitation and playing for pride . The final score of 7 nil showed that whilst the prominence in the local Fed2 league is credible , we are still at work in progress for our goal of returning to Northern league football .Many thanks to all the supporters who turned up to cheer us on , we aim to repay you in the weeks to come .
Cambridge 4 v Matamata 0
28 Apr 2012
Following last weeks win against former leading team Clube Alegria Cambridge were looking to secure another 3 points against local rivals Matamata.With 9 regular players at the inter schools tournament a rearranged team presented thanks to the genorosity of other Cambridge teams .Cambridge settled early on and took an 8th minute lead with Lee Framp one on one with the keeper before slotting the ball home.Debutant Joe Gifford rose for a high ball in the opposition box ,causing carnage , before a deft flick made it 2 nil in the 34th minute .5 minute before half time a Jamie Coomber run into the Matamata box resulted in a penlaty with Adrian Clark converting the chance into a 3 nil halftime lead. The pace was slower in the 2nd half but with Cambridge still in control . 3 second half substitutes [the returning schoolboys] gave the team different options and in the 75th minute Bevan Mayo secured the win with a 4th goal from close range. The final 15 minutes saw Cambridge finish with total dominance and at speed .Final score 4 nil to Cambridge , player of the day Mitch Claridge, and big thumbs up to the many players and coaches who aided the team this week with their support . Next week we have a bye returning to action at home on Sunday 13th May at 2.00 in the Chatham cup to the tough challenge of Waiuku.
HRFC Clube Alegra 0 v Cambridge 2
21 Apr 2012
After last weeks 4 nil loss and a number of forced changes going away to the top league team was going to be a hard task for this young team .The pitch was in top condition and in the first 15 minutes Cambridge took the game to their opponents .HRFC demonstrated well their ability as a fast , fit and footballing team , however a lob/chip pass from Captain Stuart Jones released Jack Taylor to shoot and score in the 28th minute . 2 minutes later Dagnell released Taylor again to score on the right hand side with a hard shot from a narrow angle.The 2nd half was going to be a test as HRFC came back with renewed vigour . The coach for HRFC came on after 20 mins and added urgency,skill and knowledge .Great defending and goalkeeping , coupled with spirit and teamwork kept the home team at bay . Cambridge playing on the break nearly got a 3rd when Daniel Clark went one on one with the keeper . Cambridge ended the game against a very good footballing side winners by 2 goals ,with discipline intact , to go joint top of the table on points .The best performance of the season . What a difference a week makes !. No player of the day , but a great team of the day .
Cambridge 0 v Tauaranga City United 4
14 Apr 2012
Aiming to build on two wins out of two so far this season an optimistic team turned out for what was set to be our hardest test yet against more experienced opposition . Cambridge had the majority of the posession in the first 20 mins but failed to make this count . Tauranga benefitted from a defensive error, followed by a penalty to find themselves 2 nil up after 25mins . A 3rd Tauranga goal before half time coupled with Cambridge having a player sent off looked ominous for the 2nd half. Cambridge however dominated the early period and created more chances than Tauranga despite being a man down . Overall the match statistics show Cambridge having the greater of the play, with more chances than Tauranga . The team competed well , especially in the second half, but strayed from the plan and lacked composure . The 4th goal in the 75th minute for Tauranga rounded off a poor day for the home team . Many learning points will be taken from this performance ,specifically around the areas of discipline , composure, and a belief in themselves and style of football .The score did not totally reflect the game , but those are the only statistics that ultimatley will matter . Next week brings an opportunity to get back to plan . Our goalkeeper Matt Aberhart, who could not be faulted on the score line was our player of the day
Tokoroa A.F.C. 2 v Cambridge 3
07 Apr 2012
Away to Tokoroa and with many similarities to some of the events of last weeks opener . A perfect pitch for our passing game seemed ideal . Cambridge as last week were fortunate not to concede in the first few minutes and despite dominating go behind to a tapped in shot come cross from the 2nd Tokoroa attack . Only a brilliant one handed save from Paul McCann saved it from becoming 2 .Cambridge dominated but lacked pace or movement and failed to convert any of their chances.Tokoroa playing on the break took advantage of a defensive mix up to score number 2. With half time approaching Jack Taylor pulled one back for Cambridge.Cambridge improved in the 2nd half and nearly scored straight from the restart.An advantage deciscion from the referee saved Tokoroa from a penalty however the next movement saw them concede a penalty which Adrain Clark slotted away neatly.Cambridge now saw the opportunity as Tokora tired with 20 minutes to go.The chances for Cambridge mounted and with enthusiastic support from the away fans , a corner from Adrian Clark was met with power by Jack Taylor squeezing it under the keeper to finally put Cambridge in the lead.Cambridge won the game 3-2, and jointly lead the table at this early stage however need to master offside traps ,and dictate play rather than be dictated to .Twice in 2 weeks this team have come from behind to win , a sign of charcter in a young team . Adrian Clark was our player of the day for his allround contribution . Next Saturday we are at home to Tauranga city[2.45 k.o.] another stern test for sure
Cambridge Fed2 3 v Rotorua United 1
31 Mar 2012
A perfect sunny day to start a new campaign .The game started at a fast pace with the visitors hitting the upright after 3 minutes .Cambridge settled into their game and were the more creative of the sides,and looked the most likely to score. Against the run of play after 30 minutes a tame looking cross was deflected somewhat by the wind leaving the Cambridge keeper stranded , only to see the ball go into the top lefthand corner of his goal .Despite a nmber of clear opportunities Cambridge went into the break one down . The 2nd half started off a more even contest with Rotorua looking to threaten more.Cambridge came back with good and patient build up play ending with Tom Gifford shooting from 20 yards into the bottom left corner.With 30 minutes left and the game even the fitness of Cambridge started to show and with great midfield play by Jamie Coomber, Jack Taylor worked hard to keep the chance alive before his powerfull shot put Cambridge in the lead .Shortly before the final whistle and with some Rotorua players suffering from cramp Mitch Claridges 20 yard shot cannons off the underside of the bar to seal a 3-1 win for the home side.No yellow cards ,a flowing game , very well managed by the officals , and 3 points made for a fine start for this young and new team . Jack Taylor was elected player of the day , from very stiff competition . Next week , away to Tokoroa .
Manukau City 3 v Cambridge 0
08 Oct 2011
Cambridge FC’s long stay in football’s Northern League is over after the club was relegated from the second division, losing a two-legged play-off to Auckland club champions Manukau City.
Having drawn the first leg 1-1 at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge travelled to Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, for the second leg, knowing only a win or a draw with two goals or more would keep the club’s league status.
The team travelled to Auckland earlier in the week to train on the artificial turf at Bill McKinlay Park, giving themselves every chance of snatching the result.
But things went awry when Manukau player coach Ricky Espinoza headeded his side into the lead after 10 minutes.
Cambridge didn’t panic and created a series of goalscoring chances with Manukau’s ‘keeper saving from skipper Scott Parsonage, Andrew Taylor and Denny Commins.
The game turned when Scott Yearbury increased Manukau’s lead before the break, forcing Cambridge to take risks in the second spell as they chased the result.
Substitute Trent Frampton shot over the bar and Parsonage did the same as Cambridge went forward.
Late in the game, Rhys Ruka notched Manukau’s third to send their supporters into celebrations and consign Cambridge to the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Federation One League next season.
Cambridge’s player of the day was Taylor while Parsonage, Harry Gifford and Craig Hedges made excellent contributions.
Cambridge 1 v Manukau City 1
01 Oct 2011
Cambridge saved their best performance of the season for their last home game as they fought out a drama-filled draw against Northern League wannabes Manukau City.
The teams were meeting in the first leg of the Northern League Challenger Series in which the winner plays in the league’s second division next season, while the loser goes into local rather than regional competitions.
Manukau reached the Challenger Series by winning a champion-of-champion group between the winners of Auckland, Northland and Waikato-Bay of Plenty leagues.
The first half hour was even but the game’s turning point came when Cambridge midfielder Jamie Coomber was booked twice in two minutes, and was sent off, forcing the home team to play with 10 men for almost two-thirds of the game.
Manukau went ahead on the hour when Regan Peverly scored with a 25-metre speculator that looped beneath the bar, despite the efforts of ‘keeper Cale Villiger.
Two minutes later, Cambridge’s Andrew Taylor hit the bar with a lob almost from halfway and then in the 65th minute, the home side finally got their reward when Nehemiah Melsom was dragged down in the box. Irish striker Denny Commins calmly put away the penalty to make it 1-1.
Late in the game, Manukau had two players sent off meaning they and Coomber miss the return leg on the artificial turf at Auckland’s Bill McKinlay Park.
Defenders Gerard Hay and Richard Mita were outstanding for Cambridge while Commins took Man of the Match honours.
Cambridge 0 v Papakura City 6
03 Sep 2011
Cambridge ended their Northern League regular season with a shocker as the Reds were well beaten by lowly Papakura City.
Going into the match, Cambridge had high expectations, wanting to build on the previous weekend’s draw against Western Springs and to find some form ahead of the upcoming promotion/relegation series.
But the match got off to a nightmare start with Papakura twice hitting the Cambridge post in quick succession before Joe Gifford found the net for the home side, only to see it disallowed when flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Papakura then scored four through Shaun Irvine (2) Freddie Ljungberg and Raj Sharma to put the result out of reach.
Two minutes before half-time, Cambridge’s Peter Loyd was sent off after a goalmouth scuffle between several players.
Cambridge tried hard for the 20 minutes after half-time, threatening the Papakura goal several times with Gifford finding the net a second time, and again having the goal disallowed.
Ljungberg and Irvine added more goals to complete Cambridge’s misery.
Player of the day for Cambridge was workhouse midfielder Nehemiah Melsom.
Cambridge now face a two-legged play off that will decide whether the club remains in the Northern League. Their opponents, on September 24 and October 1, will be the winner of a champion-of-champion series between Manukau City, Waitemata City and Old Blues, from Tauranga.
Cambridge 0 v Western Springs 0
27 Aug 2011
After 20 successive losses, Cambridge finally broke their Northern League hoodoo by picking up a well-deserved point from this scoreless draw at John Kerkhof Park.
With promotion/relegation games looming in late September, Cambridge were desperate to find some form in their remaining league fixtures so they can give themselves a chance of survival in Division Two.
This performance goes some way to achieving that and the Reds now go into their final league match, at home to lowly Papakura City, next weekend with a win in their sights.
The keys to Cambridge’s improved fortunes were being able to keep a settled midfield and central defensive combination in recent games, while having a strong subs’ bench to draw in as the game settled down.
Big Joe Gifford got his first start of the season, being used to wear down the Springs defence and allowing top scorer Trent Frampton to come off the bench and provide Cambridge with their second wind.
Both sides had their chances to win the game and both midfields toiled hard, cancelling the other out.
Outstanding for Cambridge were the back four of Steve Lee, Dave Cracknell, Harry Gifford and player of the day was skipper Scott Parsonage.
The team has also benefitted from the return of Nehemiah Melsom, who missed the first half of the season due to injury. His passion and capacity for hard work have lifted those players around him since his return.
Tauranga City United 4 v Cambridge 0
20 Aug 2011
Promotion-chasing Tauranga City United punished Cambridge with late goals in this Northern League second division fixture at Mt Maunganui.
Due to a spate of injuries and illnesses, Cambridge fielded a vastly changed side from the line-up that battled well against Tauranga’s promotion rivals, Ngaruawahia United, a week earlier.
But for the first 25 minutes, both sides struggled to settle down with scrappy play and little build up of play.
Then referee Wayne Bacica awarded Tauranga a penalty, ruling Cambridge midfielder Ed Kettle had brought down a player just inside the area. The spot kick was sent wide but Cambridge’s ‘keeper Matty Aberhart – a replacement for regular custodian Cale Villiger, who had flu – was ruled to have come off his line, forcing the kick to be retaken. Aberhart saved the spot kick, and then a rebound, to keep it scoreless.
Unfortunately, the reprieve was temporary and Scott Doney put his side two goals up scoring in the 31st and 42nd minutes.
Cambridge’s best spell was in the third quarter when both sides played the ball around.
However fresh subs for Tauranga and a tiring Cambridge outfit allowed the home side to score twice more, with Doney completing his hat trick in the 80th minute and sub Tom Hughes finishing the scoring in the 85th minute.
Defenders Harry Gifford and Dave Cracknell were solid while Andrew Taylor overcame injury problems to shine in midfield. Player of the day was ‘keeper Aberhart who was constantly cheered by the Links Ave stadium crowd for his spectacular work between the sticks.
Cambridge 0 v Ngaruawahia United 2
13 Aug 2011
Cambridge gave Northern League high flyers Ngaruawahia United a difficult time before the visitors finally sealed the points in this local derby at John Kerkhof Park.
Ngarawahia player coach Phil Ruggles admitted after the match his team expected an easy romp against bottom-placed Cambridge but got a shock when the home side competed well for most of the game and even had the better of the match’s latter stages.
Play was even in the opening stages but a defensive error let Ngaruawahia open the scoring through Tim Kautai who shot past diving ‘keeper Cale Villiger in the 18th minute.
Cambridge regrouped and defended well until the 41st minute when Tom Edmunds was able to score from close in, allowing Ngaruawahia to go into the sheds with a 2-0 half-time lead.
After the break, Cambridge increasingly gained in confidence, holding more possession and patiently working their way upfield.
Left winger Jamie Coomber almost pulled a goal back when he finished off a five-man move with a stinging shot that sneaked past the far post.
But the second half remained goalless and Cambridge can at least take some positives from the way they finished the game, and the amount of possession they achieved.
Skipper Scott Parsonage, Coomber, defender Dave Cracknell and midfielder Nehemiah Melsom all had good games while the energetic Wilfried Weber earned the Mer Products Player of the Day honours for an outstanding match in the heart of the midfield.
Hibiscus Coast 3 v Cambridge 0
06 Aug 2011
This game followed a familiar script as Cambridge fought hard to stay in the game until wilting in the final stages of this Northern League clash.
Cambridge went into the game with a re-arranged defence and without Irish midfield/striker Denny who withdrew late from the squad, but the Reds started brightly at the Stanmore Bay ground of Hibiscus Coast, a club with more than 1,000 registered players.
The first half was fairly even until Cambridge centre back Dave Cracknell was judged to have handled in the box when a shot flew into his face. Referee Flemming Rasmussen waved away Cambridge’s protests and awarded the penalty which was put away by Dan Bungard.
That’s how the scoreline stayed till the 80th minute when Hibiscus Coast pressure finally paid off and Andy Peat doubled his side’s lead.
Cambridge had no choice but to push forward as time ran out and this let in Chris Smart to put the result beyond doubt.
Despite the scoreline, Cambridge can take heart from the fact that once again they were within reach of a result until late in the game when their opponents were able to introduce three fresh subs, all of whom gave their side attacking options.
Cambridge's player of the day was skipper Scott Parsonage while Cracknell made the most of his promotion to first team duties.
The result also confirms that Cambridge will finish bottom of the second division, forcing the club into promotion-relegation play-offs in September, to decide whether the club can retain its Northern League status.
Cambridge 1 v Fencibles United 4
30 Jul 2011
Cambridge gave Northern League promotion chasers Fencibles United a fright before the Aucklanders finally asserted their authority at John Kerkof Park.
For the first half hour, the teams traded chances and the home side took the lead when speedy winger Malcolm Matthews burst into the Fencibles penalty area, only to be brought down from behind. Leading goalscorer Trent Frampton coolly put away the penalty to give Cambridge the lead.
However five minutes later, Paulo Montino levelled for the visitors and the teams were locked 1-1 at the interval.
In the second spell, the visitors gradually wore down the Cambridge defence and Stephen Lawry put his side ahead with a header after 70 minutes.
A couple of minutes later, Cambridge captain Scott Parsonage was judged to have fouled in the area, and referee Stuart Blake awarded a penalty that was put away by midfielder Martin Pike.
Cambridge tried hard in the remaining stages but couldn’t get back into the game, as Montino notched his second goal of the day to make the result safe.
Cambridge battled hard against one of the league’s high-flyers – who claimed clear second place on the table with the result – and standout players included first team debutant Simon Lockwood, Nehemiah Melsom (making his first start in 2011) and Jamie Coomber who worked tirelessly down the left.
Cambridge’s player of the day was Malcolm Matthews.
Mangere United 5 v Cambridge 1
09 Jul 2011
Cambridge led high-flying Mangere for almost half of this Northern League fixture but wilted towards the end and conceded late goals.
The Reds got away to a flying start when midfielder Peter Loyd split the Mangere defence with a perfect through ball after four minutes to find speedy Andrew Taylor. He controlled the ball and slipped it past the Mangere ‘keeper to notch his first Northern League goal in six years.
The goal inspired Cambridge to outplay Mangere for the next 35 minutes before skipper Scott Parsonage went off for treatment to an injured elbow. Though he returned to the pitch with heavy strapping, the disruption triggered a lapse of focus as Mangere scored two quick goals just before half-time.
Despite that set-back, Cambridge remained in the game for most of the second half and had chances to level. But over the last 20 minutes, as Mangere brought their three subs into play, the home side progressively got on top and added three more goals.
For Cambridge, midfielder Anthony Hobern and defender Richard Collette had good games while Loyd took Player of the Day through hard work and strong tackles in midfield.
North Shore United 3 v Cambridge 0
03 Jul 2011
A Sunday trek to the home of one of New Zealand’s oldest football clubs proved fruitless as Cambridge lost their latest Northern League fixture 3-0 to North Shore United.
The teams were evenly matched for the first quarter but Shore went ahead through Halili Nagime when Cambridge failed to clear the ball from their area while under pressure. Ten minutes later, Shore doubled their lead when top goalscorer Chris Bryson hit a hopeful ball goalwards, catching Cambridge defenders and goalkeeper Cale Villiger wrong-footed.
But Cambridge came out fighting in the second half and had their best period of the game, twice going close to scoring and disrupting Shore’s pattern of play.
Shore’s attack, led by South African international Grant Young, struggled to assert themselves but finally found a third goal after 80 minutes when Tom Hunt headed into the net.
For Cambridge, a re-arranged defence performed well against well-drilled opponents, while club veteran Ken Graham made his Northern League debut as a late substitute. Player of the day was Jamie Coomber.
Cambridge 0 v Warkworth 4
25 Jun 2011
Cambridge blew a chance to reduce the points gap on one of their nearest Northern League rivals when a poor second half performance allowed Warkworth to cruise to a 4-0 win.
Going into the match, Cambridge considered themselves a chance of winning against the league’s newest team, especially after Warkworth struggled to put Cambridge away in their reverse fixture up north early in the season.
But the visitors went ahead after only two minutes when a defensive mix-up allowed Rob Carty to score.
Both sides then failed to settle on a sticky pitch and the score stayed the same for an hour before Warkworth then added more goals through Carty, Shaun Steffener and Tom Brady.
Cambridge’s problems were made worse when substitute Ed Kettle hobbled off with a foot injury and replacement striker Denny Commins was sent off in the final minute after a scuffle with a Warkworth player.
The Reds’ Player of the Day was fullback Dave Fisher who has been in fine form lately.
Mt Albert Ponsonby 7 v Cambridge 0
18 Jun 2011
The gap between the top and bottom sides in Northern League’s second division was coldly demonstrated when league leaders Mt Albert Ponsonby outclassed a spirited Cambridge side in Auckland.
Bottom-placed Cambridge faced a MAP side that has swept aside challenges from some of the north’s largest club’s this season and it was always going to be a difficult day at Anderson Park.
Cambridge started well but after 20 minutes, the league’s top goalscorer, Dean Delaney, put his side ahead and then created a second goal for striker Jared Colligan to give his side a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Cambridge lost two key players to injury when Andrew Taylor (ankle) and Nathan Claridge (dislocated shoulder) came off, and MAP were able to exert their superiority in the second half with goals from Colligan, Paul Thorpe, Chris Gage and a Peter Loyd own goal.
Cambridge goalkeeper Cale Villiger was outstanding and won his side’s Player of the Day award while midfielder Scott Parsonage beavered away for 90 minutes, leading by example with his hard work and commitment.
Western Springs 4 v Cambridge 1
11 Jun 2011
A vastly-rearranged Cambridge side held Western Springs for an hour before tired legs on a wet pitch allowed the Aucklanders to gain ascendancy with four goals in the final spell.
Cambridge gave Northern League debuts to striker Chong Xie and defender Krishnaa Patel in a side missing a number of regular first teamers. But the reshuffled line-up stuck to its game plan and had an even share of first half play.
The game turned after an hour when Western Springs scored in a goalmouth melee after a corner, when Cameron Grey stabbed the ball home seemingly from an offside position. But referee Hayden Tutbury waved away Cambridge protests and awarded the goal.
Springs pushed forward and added more goals through, Peter Lane, Dean Brereton and David Burton.
However Cambridge never gave up and in added time, midfielder Peter Loyd scored a deserved goal after Springs failed to clear a free kick into the penalty area.
Xie had a promising debut for Cambridge while defenders Steve Lee and Simon Mead won everything in the air and teamed well in the centre. Cambridge’s player of the day was fullback Dave Fisher who has become the side’s Mr Reliable over the past year.
Papakura City 2 v Cambridge 1
06 Jun 2011
Cambridge’s battle to avoid relegation from football’s Northern League took a blow on Queen’s Birthday Monday when nearest rivals Papakura City beat the Reds 2-1 in a closely-fought match.
Cambridge travelled to Papakura’s McLennan Park knowing a win would close the gap between the clubs to only two competition points but a loss would open the gap to eight points.
Both sides lined up knowing the importance of the result and the tension led to a volatile game which included six yellow cards, two penalties and a sending off.
Cambridge opened the scoring after only 54 seconds when midfielder Wilfried Weber pounced on a loose ball in the Papakura area, driving it through a mass of players.
But the visitors’ joy was shortlived as referee Stephen Budai awarded Papakura a fourth-minute penalty when defender Andrew Taylor mis-timed a tackle. To Cambridge’s relief, goalkeeper Cale Villiger saved the spot kick, and then flung himself across the goal to parry the rebound.
With seconds till half-time, Papakura were awarded a second penalty, for handball, and leading scorer Raj Sharma converted to level the scores.
The second half was frantic and four Cambridge players suffered injuries, forcing substitutions and changes to formation. While down to 10 fit players, Cambridge allowed Sharma the chance to shoot from the edge of the box and his 74th minute goal put Papakura ahead.
A red card reduced Papakura to 10 men for the last few minutes but Cambridge could not find an equaliser.
Cambridge’s Player of the Day was Villiger while Nathan Claridge and Adrian Clark performed well.
Cambridge 1 v Tauranga City United 4
04 Jun 2011
Cambridge battled hard in wet conditions before going down to Northern League rivals Tauranga City United at John Kerkhof Park.
The visitors arrived in 4th place on the division two ladder while Cambridge went into the game desperate for points to climb off the bottom.
Honours were even for half an hour before Jordan Culpepper put Tauranga ahead after the Cambridge defence failed to clear from a scramble in front of goal. Minutes later, Culpepper doubled his side’s lead with a hotly disputed goal with Cambridge claiming he was offside.
With half-time approaching, Cambridge needed a boost and it came when leading scorer Trent Frampton netted his third in as many games, curling home a direct free kick from 25 metres.
Only one goal behind after an hour, Cambridge’s players thought they were in with a chance of taking at least point but the game turned when Joel Wakelin hit home a 30-metre screamer, giving Reds ‘keeper Cale Villiger no chance.
Then the result was secured for Tauranga when Graham Craven scored his side’s fourth.
Cambridge’s best on the day were Dave Fisher, Peter Loyd and goalkeeper Villiger while centre back Ryan McNamara earned Player of the Day honours. It was McNamara’s last home game for Cambridge before he leaves for Melbourne, and last season’s Player of the Year will be sorely missed by the club.
Ngaruawahia 4 v Cambridge 1
28 May 2011
A broken ankle suffered by player coach Lee McNally (right) helped turn this local derby into a miserable day for Cambridge’s Northern League side.
The Cambridge side started well and the game was evenly poised until McNally cracked his ankle when challenging for the ball in the 20th minute, forcing changes to his side’s midfield.
Rory Kerr-Bell put Ngaruawahia ahead after 40 minutes with a long-range shot over the head of ‘keeper Cale Villiger. But with only a goal between them, Cambridge came out for the second half believing they could overhaul their opponents.
Their hopes took a dent only four minutes into the second half when a ball into the penalty area skidded off the wet turf and onto the hand of substitute Malcolm Matthews, leading referee Bruce Horrox to award a penalty. Ngaruawahia skipper Sean Sullivan scored from the spot.
Tim Kautai put Ngarawahia further ahead after an hour but Cambridge’s Trent Frampton pulled the score back to 3-1 with an outstanding goal in the 67th minute. Having controlled a through ball and turned his defender, Frampton clipped the ball high into the net from 20 metres for his spectacular strike.
Cambridge pushed forward but Ngaruawahia scored their fourth through Matt Rose to seal the points for the home side.
Cambridge’s centre back pairing of Simon Mead and Adrian Clark were excellent with the latter named as the side’s Man of the Match.
Cambridge 1 v Hibiscus Coast 3
21 May 2011
Cambridge went down fighting in a torrid Northern League fixture against Hibiscus Coast who, with more than 1,100 players, are one of New Zealand’s largest football clubs.
After a break the previous weekend, Cambridge had almost their full squad free of injury and fielded a strong starting line-up which held the visitors scoreless for the opening 40 minutes.
During that spell, honours were even and feisty tackling kept Coast contained though referee Gerard Boyce booked four Cambridge players, all for tackling offences.
With five minutes to go to the break, a mix-up in the Cambridge defence led to a clumsy tackle and the awarding of a penalty that was calmly scored by Coast’s leading goalscorer Rafi Mohammadi.
The penalty was the turning point in the game and the visitors came out firing in the second half, quickly adding two more goals through Mohammadi to give him a hat-trick and equal billing in the division’s golden boot tally.
Cambridge showed character and had the better of the last half hour, pulling a goal back when Trent Frampton cleverly lobbed over the ‘keeper from 20 metres. Chances fell to skipper Scott Parsonage and Andrew Taylor but Coast held on to their lead to take the points.
Goalkeeper Cale Villiger was outstanding, making several athletic saves, while midfielder Denny Commins worked hard for 90 minutes. Taylor was Cambridge’s player of the day.
Cambridge 2 v Waiuku 4
30 Apr 2011
Cambridge turned in their best performance so far of the Northern League season but lost in a six-goal thriller to Waiuku at John Kerkhof Park.
After a disappointing start to the season, the Reds were anxious to show they could compete against their Auckland-based rivals and their aim was to keep a clean sheet for the first half, and then attack with a strong line-up off the subs’ bench in the second spell.
The plan almost worked, with Waiuku just edging the home side in the first spell and going ahead 1-0 after Cambridge failed to clear a loose ball into the penalty box.
Early in the second half, when Cambridge started to introduce their subs, the match started to turn and sub Dan Podjursky levelled when he robbed the Waiuku ‘keeper after 72 minutes.
Cambridge appeared to be storming home but then lost the game when they conceded twice in quick succession, failing to deal with in-swinging corners.
But still they didn’t give up and leading goalscorer Denny Commins notched his third of the season with a penalty three minutes into added time, making it 3-2. Cambridge threw everyone forward for a last-ditch equaliser but instead Waiuku broke to put the game beyond doubt.
Cambridge’s joint man of the match award winners were midfielder Anthony Hobern and central defender Ryan McNamara whose conversion from a goalkeeper into an outfield player has been a revelation.
Taupo 1 v Cambridge 0
25 Apr 2011
A controversial first-half penalty put paid to Cambridge hopes of a run in New Zealand’s oldest cup competition, the Chatham Cup.
The Reds travelled to Taupo on Easter Monday for the opening tie in the 84th season of Chatham Cup football, fielding a young side keen to turn around the club’s form in the Northern League.
Playing in light rain and on a slippery Crown Park, Cambridge took longest to settle down but after half an hour the sides were even and fighting a typical cup tie, with tackles flying in and players competing for every ball.
Cambridge sweeper Nathan Claridge launched into a tackle on the edge of his area and to his team mates’ surprise, referee Colin Harrison ruled the foul had taken place inside the box. Despite having to take the spot kick twice, Taupo took the lead.
In the second half, Cambridge increasingly worked themselves into the game and threw players forward in an effort to get an equaliser and force extra time.
But Taupo defended well and go through to the next round of the national competition.
For Cambridge, goalkeeper Cale Villiger and Claridge had strong games while makeshift defender Ryan McNamara was the team’s Man of the Match.
Cambridge 1 v Mangere United 8
23 Apr 2011
Cambridge FC continue to struggle in football’s Northern League with their fourth loss in a row to Auckland opposition.
But Cambridge can take some heart from the 8-1 loss on Easter Saturday with a couple of good spells in the match and promising performances from some new players.
The senior Cambridge side battled hard for half an hour before conceding a goal from a defensive error. That started a 15-minute spell of nervous defending during which Cambridge coughed up another goal from an error, and then a Lee McNally own goal.
Going into the interval 3-0 down, Cambridge knew the adventurous Mangere side – a team that provides a regular number of players to the Fiji national side – would push forward and attack. Sure enough, the visitors poured on the pressure and after 70 minutes had pushed out the score to 7-0.
But Cambridge can take credit from the way they battled for the last 20 minutes with some excellent counter attacks, one of which led to a fine move in which substitute Dan Podjursky’s pin-point cross found the head of striker Denis Commins who placed it wide of the Mangere ‘keeper for his second goal of the season.
Cambridge held out Mangere from further scoring till the last minute when they made the final score 8-1.
Nathan Claridge, Commins, goalkeeper Derek Woodworth and Wilf Weber all played well for Cambridge with Commins the home team’s man of the match.
Cambridge 1 v North Shore United 7
16 Apr 2011
Despite creating plenty of goalscoring chances in the first half, a poor second half display cost Cambridge this Northern League division 2 fixture against North Shore United, New Zealand’s oldest football club.
Cambridge started encouragingly and for 20 minutes looked on even terms, forcing a succession of corners and goalmouth opportunities. But North Shore went ahead through Ben Wall in the 22nd minute and Chris Bryson added a second after half an hour.
Cambridge still pressed forward and midfielder Scott Parsonage was unlucky not to score when his 30-metre shot was tipped over the bar by Shore’s goalkeeper.
In the second half, with a helpful wind behind them, Shore increasingly dominated the match with further goals from Wall, Bryson, Alex Luiten (2) and Jake Phibbs.
Cambridge pulled a goal back when debutant Denis Commins, signed from English club Wembley FC, lashed home a vicious shot from 15 metres. Another player making his first appearance in the Northern League was 15-year-old Josh Clark who made a bright beginning to his top-level career.
Clark is the second 15-year-old to be handed first team spots by Cambridge this season, making them the club’s youngest Northern League players since Chris Wood who has since forged a professional career in the UK and is a regular with the All Whites.
Warkworth 3 v Cambridge 1
09 Apr 2011
Cambridge’s longest trip of its Northern League season proved to be unfruitful with a 3-1 loss to the competition’s newest side.
Warkworth were promoted to the regional league last year and this provided the club with their first home match in the competition.
For most of the game, the sides cancelled each other out but incidents on either side of the half time break proved crucial to the game’s outcome.
After a long-range strike by Vineet Kumar gave Warkworth the lead after 23 minutes, it looked as though the sides were going to the interval with a 1-0 scoreline. But the Cambridge side lost concentration as the referee played added time and Roby Carty was allowed to scramble his side’s second goal from close in.
Cambridge started the second half with vigour and forward Trent Frampton, nursing an injured thigh, was able to round a struggling defender and lob the ball over the advancing ‘keeper to make it 2-1. That goal should have put Cambridge back in contention but less than 60 seconds later, Carty was allowed a free header which he converted to maintain his team’s two-goal lead.
Cambridge remain winless after two rounds of the league but get the chance to get off the mark when they play one of New Zealand’s oldest clubs, North Shore United, at John Kerkhof Park next Saturday.
Cambridge 1 v Mt Albert-Ponsonby 9
02 Apr 2011
Cambridge started their Northern League football season in the worst possible way when they were overrun by competition favourites Mt Albert-Ponsonby at John Kerkhof Park.
The Cambridge side competed well for much of the first half, going into the interval 3-1 down, but succumbed to the more experienced Aucklanders in the second half to end the game on the wrong side of a 9-1 scoreline.
Over summer, MAP’s new coach, former New Zealand U23 international Mike Loftus, signed a string of top Northern League players including two former Golden Boot winners in Leo Berlim and Dean Delaney. And right from kick off, the visitors showed their skills.
Ironically, it was Cambridge who almost went ahead when a Simon Mead header hit the crossbar after 10 minutes.
But MAP then found their scoring touch with three goals in a 10-minute spell in the middle of the first half.
Cambridge came back with a goal from 16-year-old debutant Harry Redwood in the 28th minute.
In the second half, as Cambridge legs grew weary, MAP poured on the pressure, as Berlim completed a hat-trick and Delaney notched a pair.
Despite the heavy defeat, Cambridge can be pleased at the efforts from its youngsters, four of whom were making their Northern League debuts.
Goalkeeper Cale Villiger (18) was man of the match while Jevon Williams (15) and Craig Hedges (17) worked hard.
Cambridge First 4 v West Hamilton Utd 1
26 Mar 2011
Cambridge’s pre-season schedule ended with a comfortable 4-1 victory against West Hamilton United at John Kerkhof Park.
With the new Northern League season due to start next weekend (with a home clash against Auckland’s Mt Albert-Ponsonby), Cambridge’s head coach Marc Thomas was keen to notch a win against West Ham, a Federation 2 Waikato outfit.
But Cambridge got off to a shocker of a start, conceding a soft goal from a free kick after only two minutes.
The Cambridge players started to settle and their confidence soared when 17-year-old newcomer Craig Hedges belted home a 30-metre shot from midfield in the 8th minute. Ten minutes later, Cambridge went ahead when wily striker Trent Frampton turned a defender and slipped the ball past the advancing ‘keeper.
Cambridge extended their lead just before half-time when Wilf Weber headed into the net from close range from a set piece.
In the second half, coach Thomas gave his substitutes useful game time and Cambridge dominated possession as they grew in confidence.
Late in the game, midfielder Peter Lloyd scored his side’s fourth goal with a long-range piledriver that sneaked inside the goalpost.
After a pre-season programme disrupted by a change in coach and a run of injuries to established players, the win was a worthwhile reminder of the depth that now exists at the club, with a string of promising young players who can only improve as they experience the high standards of regional football.
Pukekohe 2 v Cambridge Firsts 2
25 Sep 2010
Drama-filled big game result for the reds.
A last-minute equaliser scored by Cambridge goalkeeper Ryan McNamara ensured Northern League survival in what many regard as the club’s most important match for more than a decade.
The Reds needed at least a draw to remain in the regional competition’s second division and force Pukekohe into a relegation play-off against Warkworth who are seeking to join the league.
And given the importance of the fixture, the spectators at Pukekohe were served an afternoon of high drama.
Cambridge led after Trent Frampton converted a 3rd minute penalty but Pukekohe’s Jethro Conway levelled 20 minutes later, belting a 30-metre shot past ‘keeper McNamara.
With the half-time break approaching, Pukekohe were controversially awarded a penalty with the referee ruling Jamie Coomber had pushed an attacker. Captain Geoff Rickard scored to make it 2-1, a scoreline that would see Cambridge at risk of relegation.
Ten minutes after the break, Cambridge were reduced to 10 men when captain Blair Cooper was sent off but the Reds continued to push forward. Cambridge were awarded a penalty and Lee McNally scored – only to see the ref order it to be retaken because a defender had encroached. McNally pushed the retaken spot kick wide of the post.
With 10 minutes to go, substitute Josh Powell headed against the bar as Pukekohe clung to their lead.
Then, four minutes into added time and with nothing left to lose, goalkeeper McNamara headed upfield for a corner. It swung in, was cleared off the line and McNamara became the club’s new hero when he volleyed into the net from 7 metres.
A minute later the final whistle confirmed Cambridge had dodged the bullet of relegation and now have summer to regroup and build on this season’s efforts.
Fencibles United 3 v Cambridge Firsts 1
18 Sep 2010
Cambridge’s Northern League fate will be decided in their final fixture after losing this hard-fought game against Auckland-based Fencibles United.
The young Cambridge side still need a single league point to guarantee second division football next season and they meet bottom-placed Pukekohe in a do-or-die clash next weekend.
But the Reds have plenty of chances to get that vital point when they travelled to Fencibles, a club that’s arguably the country’s largest soccer outfit with more than 1,700 registered players.
In the opening 20 minutes, Cambridge created several chances, the best of which was a shot from Nehemiah Melsom that was tipped over the bar by Fencibles ‘keeper Gerrard O’Neill.
Then, against the run of play, William McClure opened the scoring for the home side when he shot past Cambridge ‘keeper Ryan McNamara. With half-time approaching, Sean Gillham extended Fencibles’ lead to 2-0.
Cambridge re-organised and pressed hard in the second spell, but McClure added a third goal. However the Reds continued to scrap and 17-year-old substitute Dan Podjursky scored his first Northern League goal, a cracking 20 metre shot that hit the bar and into the net, with eight minutes remaining.
Cambridge threw everything at their opposition in the dying minutes but couldn’t reduce the deficit, meaning their final match will determine their fate for the season. Cambridge’s Man of the Match was striker Joe Gifford.
Cambridge Firsts 1 v Papakura City 1
11 Sep 2010
An injury time goal from substitute Malcolm Matthews earned Cambridge a deserved 1-1 draw in the side’s final home game of the Northern League season.
The first half action was shared with neither side really threatening to score on a soft pitch at John Kerkhof Park. However both teams started to create chances in the second spell with both goalkeepers forced into making saves.
Papakura went ahead in the 56th minute when Chris Abbott’s shot struck a Cambridge defender and was deflected past ‘keeper Ryan McNamara into the net.
Cambridge coach Mike Woodlock changed his line-up, using three substitutes, and pushed everyone forward in search of an equaliser.
Instead, Papakura were awarded a penalty with five minutes to go, when Nehemiah Melsom dragged down an attacker just inside the area.
Thankfully for Cambridge, ‘keeper McNamara dived full length to save the spot kick and keep his side in the game.
With time up, and referee Liam Lawrence checking his watch, substitute Matthews charged into the Papakura area and lashed home a shot from eight metres, much to the relief of home supporters.
To be sure of avoiding relevation from Division Two, Cambridge now need a single point from either of their last two matches. The Reds travel to Fencibles United next and finish their season at the home ground of bottom-placed Pukekohe.
Hibiscus Coast 5 v Cambridge Firsts 0
04 Sep 2010
High-flying Hibiscus Coast reaped revenge for their shock loss to Cambridge earlier this season when they ran out comfortable 5-0 victors in this Northern League second division clash.
Cambridge were rocked by two early goals which gave Coast a 2-0 lead after only eight minutes, as both sides tried to work out how to play on a pitch heavily drenched by overnight rain.
For the rest of the first half, Cambridge matched their rivals, with most of the game played in central midfield and few chances falling to either side.
Coast extended their lead early in the second spell, forcing Cambridge coach Mike Woodlock to make changes with forwards Trent Frampton and Nehemiah Melsom both feeling the effects of illness.
Veteran Lee McNally played outstandingly in the centre of midfield while skipper Blair Cooper, returning to the side after suspension, improved as the game went on.
But despite their efforts, and an excellent cameo role from teenage substitute Dan Podjursky, Coast scored twice more in the game’s dying stages.
Cambridge Firsts 0 v Western Springs 3
07 Aug 2010
A penalty after 70 minutes was the turning point in this Northern League Division Two match in which Cambridge lost to Auckland rivals Western Springs.
Neither side created any real goalscoring chances until Bryan Pepper scored for Western Springs after 39 minutes.
With the score 1-0 to the visitors, and a driving wind behind them in the second half, Cambridge were pressing to get back into the game when referee Glen House judged that home skipper Blair Cooper had brought down a Western Springs attacker.
Cooper was given a second yellow card, forcing his dismissal from the pitch, and the division’s second highest goalscorer, Leo Berlim, netted for the visitors.
That goal, and Cambridge’s loss of a key player, led to the visitors’ third goal, from Craig Taylor in the 80th minute.
Two minutes later, Western Springs had the chance to further extend their lead when referee House gave another penalty, judging that substitute Malcolm Matthews had fouled in the area. Berlim scored from his first attempt but was ordered to retake the spot kick and Cambridge goalkeeper Ryan McNamara dived full length to save.
Cambridge’s player of the day was defender Nathan Claridge who overcame the flu to deliver a hardworking performance while McNamara was his usual dependable self between the posts.
Cambridge Firsts 2 v Mangere United 6
31 Jul 2010
Cambridge gave Northern League Division 2 leaders Mangere United a torrid time for most of this match but succumbed to goals late in the match.
The visitors opened the scoring after 5 minutes when Sumendra Pooni got on to the end of a Raju Sharma cross to head into the net. But five minutes later, referee Gerard Boyce sent off a Mangere defender who stopped a certain goal with his hand, awarding a penalty which Cambridge forward Trent Frampton scored.
A mix up in the Cambridge defence after half an hour gave Mangere the lead through Sharma but this spurred the home side into attack and striker Nehemiah Melsom scored with a shot from 15 metres into the corner of the net.
With the sides tied 2-2 at the break, Cambridge seemed capable of an upset win against a team that is built around Fiji international representatives.
But in the last 20 minutes, the visitors asserted their skills with Pooni finishing off a hat trick, Sharma adding a second and Siraz Ali getting on the scoresheet.
Waiuku 3 v Cambridge Firsts 0
24 Jul 2010
An overnight bug caused havoc to Cambridge’s chances at Waiuku when several players fell ill during their Northern League Division Two encounter.
Cambridge had slightly the better of a scoreless first half at Massey Park but striker Trent Frampton and midfielder Gareth Clark began feeling the effects of a virus.
Though coach Mike Woodlock made three substitutions early in the second spell, the side lost its momentum and legs rapidly tired.
As a result, Waiuku captain Cory Ralph put his side ahead in the 56th minute before substitute Derek Sinclair increased the lead ten minutes later. Ralph finished the game off, converting a penalty in the 85th minute after Cambridge defender Steve Lee was judged to have tackled him unfairly.
Cambridge had their chances to score but Waiuku’s second half performance justified their win, despite good efforts from Cambridge’s Lee McNally, Harry Gifford and their player of the day, Nehemiah Melsom.
Cambridge Firsts 0 v Tauranga City United 3
17 Jul 2010
Half -time 0-2
A couple of first half errors undid Cambridge hopes of a first win for returning coach Mike Woodlock as Tauranga City United beat the Reds 3-0 at John Kerkhof Park.
The match was the first of a nine-round Northern League Division 2, formed as part of the restructure of football’s regional competition.
Woodlock, who was Cambridge coach last year, has replaced Andrew Treanor who is relocating to West Australia.
Cambridge started well and for 20 minutes matched their opponents. However goalkeeper Ryan McNamara mishit a clearance which fell nicely for Tom Livesey whose 25-metre lob cleared the retreating ‘keeper to give Tauranga the lead.
Ten minutes later, the Cambridge defence failed to mark up properly, allowing Rhys Edmonds to score from close in.
Trailing 2-0 at the break, Cambridge brought on their subs and fought hard for the second period, creating several scoring chances. But it was Tauranga’s Josh Nelson who found the net with a long-range effort that McNamara almost tipped over.
Overall, Cambridge were pleased with the spirit of their second half fightback and feel confident they will pick up league points against many second division sides that are not as skilled as Tauranga.
Mt Albert-Ponsonby 3 v Cambridge Firsts 0
03 Jul 2010
Cambridge completed their Northern League Division 1 programme with a 3-0 loss away to third-placed Mt Albert-Ponsonby.
The competition now breaks into two competitions as the Northern League restructures into three divisions, with Cambridge and nine of their rivals forming the new Division 2.
Cambridge used the trip to Auckland to introduce centre back Steve Lee to the side and to rest key players recovering from injury. After starting well, Cambridge went behind after half an hour when conceding an own goal. MAP increased their lead with a header from Jared Colligan five minutes later and then Arash Sadeghi added a third with the last kick of the first half.
But Cambridge came out fighting in the second half and shut out the home side, creating a few chances of their own including a long-range effort from Trent Frampton that crashed against the bar.
Midfielders Nathan Claridge and Wilfried Weber toiled well and player of the day was striker Joe Gifford who imposed himself on the opposition defence.
North Shore United 7 v Cambridge Firsts 1
26 Jun 2010
A nightmare start to this match saw Cambridge go 4-0 down in the first 20 minutes but gradually climb back with a fighting second half performance.
Pre-match preparation was disrupted with a last-minute change of venue and a delay to the kick off. Within 60 seconds of the start, Cambridge conceded a goal and were back pedalling as North Shore attacked in the wet and slippery conditions.
Midfielder Josh Powell was forced off the pitch after 15 minutes with a groin injury, and Cambridge were struggling to put up resistance.
Late in the half, Nathan Claridge switched to central defence and the back four finally learned to stem the flow.
At half time, new addition to the squad Trent Frampton was moved into central midfield and his experience helped settle the team.
Frampton then scored a pearler of a goal, chipping the 'keeper from the edge of the North Shore area. For the rest of the half, Cambridge fought hard and kept Shore scoreless until the very last kick of the game.
The scoreline was painful but the team's second half performance at least salvaged some self respect and left something on which to build.
Man of the match was Nathan Claridge while full back Harry Gifford had yet another good game and midfielder Wilfried Weber toiled hard in the second spell.
Mangere United 16 v Cambridge Firsts 0
19 Jun 2010
Unfortunately, that's not a mis-print. In a result we're still coming to terms with, Cambridge suffered the worst possible type of defeat.
With six first teamers absent - two overseas, two unavailable and two suspended - the club fielded an inexperienced line-up with several players forced to play in unfamiliar roles.
From the first minute, when Mangere opened the scoring, Cambridge tried hard but were always defending against a well-drilled side that was quick and ruthless. As the game wore on in wet and windy conditions, the Cambridge players ran themselves to a walk and capitulated with seven goals in the final 15 minutes.
Fijian Under 23 international Vishal Lal helped himself to six goals to earn his side's man of the match. Cambridge midfielder Josh Powell toiled hard, despite a groin strain, while 16-year-old Harry Gifford made a brave debut under difficult circumstances.
Assistant coach Josh Easby said the Cambridge side had shown this season that when it had a full complement of players to choose from, and they played to their potential, the side was competitive in the Northern League. However Saturday's result cruelly demonstrated the risks when going into games with anything less than that, he said.
Cambridge Firsts 1 v Onehunga-Mangere Utd 3
12 Jun 2010
A chaotic last 20 minutes cost Cambridge any chance of taking something from this Northern League Division 1 game against visitors Onehunga-Mangere.
With the scores locked 1-1, and Cambridge pushing forward, the home side looked capable of taking at least a point. But defensive errors and poor discipline proved costly as Cambridge conceded two goals and had two defenders sent off.
The game began badly for Cambridge when Onehunga-Mangere took an 8th minute lead through striker Sangster Crawford. His goal prompted Cambridge to lift their game and for the next half hour, the Reds had the slightly better of the play. This was spoiled by giving the visitors a couple of gilt-edged chances just before half-time but their strikers failed to take them.
Cambridge came out for the second half with renewed focus and scored the equaliser in the 49th minute through striker Joe Gifford (left) who was making his Northern League debut. Forward Gareth Clark made the goal by chasing a ball to the by-line, controlling it and passing it into a crowd of players in front of goal. Gifford used his strength to reach the ball first, belting it into the net. The teams were evenly matched for much of the second spell but then it all turned bad. Sangster and Mark Lindsay snatched goals for Onehunga-Mangere and referee Bruce Horrox sent Cambridge skipper Blair Cooper and Nathan Claridge off when they both picked up second yellow cards.
Cambridge Player of the Day was Gifford while midfielder Wilfried Weber earned plaudits for stepping into the central midfield role left vacant by Scott Parsonage who is currently following the All Whites in South Africa.
North Force 3 v Cambridge Firsts 1
05 Jun 2010
Cambridge FC’s first team completed their longest trip of the season but came away without any points when they met North Force at Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
For the firsts, the visit to Tikipunga, Northland, involved a 640km round trip, taking more than five hours in each direction, to play the team that’s vying for the Northern League Division 1 title.
But Cambridge played well, despite the 3-1 loss, and will be pleased with their performance.
Cambridge started well, with a strong wind and driving rain at their backs, but North Force’s Keegan Baddeley scored two goals close together halfway through the first spell.
Cambridge recovered and pulled back a goal after 30 minutes when striker Gareth Clark (left) diverted a Scott Parsonage corner into the goalmouth, allowing skipper Blair Cooper to blast the ball into the net for his second goal of the season.
The reds poured on the pressure as half-time approached but were jolted when referee Liam Lawrence awarded a disputed penalty, ruling that Cooper had unfairly tackled a North Force attacker. The spot kick was scored by Daniel Lavelle to give the home side a 3-1 lead at the interval.
Cambridge turned around to play into the wind and rain but fought well to keep the second half scoreless, with goalkeeper Matty Aberhart making a couple of reflex saves and midfielder Josh Powell working tirelessly in the middle.
Cambridge’s Player of the Day was forward Clark whose workrate and effort was outstanding.
Cambridge Firsts 0 v Ellerslie 5
29 May 2010
Cambridge FC’s first team paid a high price for individual errors in their Northern League division one game against competition leaders Ellerslie.
The home side battled well against the unbeaten Auckland side in terms of effort and enthusiasm but the more experienced and skilful visitors ruthlessly punished defensive errors.
Ellerslie went ahead after 20 minutes when referee Cory Mills judged that Cambridge centre back Adam Graham had challenged unfairly when defending a corner and awarded a penalty. Five minutes later, Ellerslie took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score from close in.
With half-time beckoning, Cambridge failed to mark up properly at a corner and Ellerslie went 3-0 up with a free header.
In the second spell, Cambridge lost midfielder Nathan Claridge and goalkeeper Ryan McNamara to injuries. The reshuffled line-up never gave up but Ellerslie twice extended their lead and deservedly won 5-0.
Cambridge’s player of the day was midfielder Malcolm Matthews who has overcome injury to win back his place in the side and continues to impress with his high work rate and pace.
Tauranga City United 5 v Cambridge Firsts 0
27 May 2010
Cambridge's first team conceded two goals in the opening 10 minutes at Tauranga's Links Ave ground, and they never recovered.
Playing into a strong wind, Cambridge had difficulty clearing balls into the box and by half-time were trailing 3-0.
In the second half, Cambridge pushed defender Adam Graham up front, taking risks at the back in a bid to chase the game but the stronger Tauranga side added two more.
After a good display in the opening match of the season, against one of the title favourites Fencibles United, the trip to Tauranga was a wake-up call for Cambridge's young squad and they now have two opportunities over Easter to put things right with league matches on Saturday (against Matamata Swifts) and on Monday (against Waiuku).
Papakura City 0 v Cambridge Firsts 0
22 May 2010
While goal-less draws might not appeal to spectators, Cambridge celebrated this important result for several reasons. The draw provided the side’s first clean sheet of the season and the club’s first Northern League point away from home, and it extended the side’s run of form.
With only one loss from their last four league games, the young Cambridge side is showing it is learning to compete with more experienced rivals in Division One.
Cambridge drafted in defender Luke Gordon for his first appearance this season and recalled midfielder Malcolm Matthews. The first half saw both sides trade chances and were amazed when referee Steve Peeters failed to award a penalty when striker Dima Slack was tripped when heading goalwards.
Papakura pressed forward in the second half but the Cambridge defence worked tirelessly and goalkeeper Ryan McNamara was outstanding, dealing effortlessly with crosses and ground shots.
Determination and effort were the keys to Cambridge’s game. Forwards Gareth Clark and Slack made the Papakura defence work hard and disrupted their efforts to start attacks, while the Cambridge midfield covered plenty of ground. Matthews relished his return to the side, using his speed to provide extra cover in the defence.
Birkenhead United 6 v Cambridge Firsts 1
08 May 2010
After a string of creditable league results, Cambridge came unstuck when they faced a talented Birkenhead United who seem destined for bigger things.
The home side is building a young squad (only three players over the age of 19) around key members of the New Zealand Under 17 side who got to the quarter finals of last year's World Cup in Nigeria.
And their individual talents showed through as they took the game to a Cambridge side that never gave up and will learn much from the experience.
Despite playing into a stiff wind, Cambridge matched Birkenhead for the first 15 minutes but then individual mistakes let the home side score four times before the interval.
At half-time, Cambridge regrouped, determined to at least finish the game with some pride and having contested better in the second half. This was achieved to some extent as Cambridge's central midfield of Josh Powell, Scott Parsonage and Nathan Claridge gained more control over their talented opponents.
The highlight of the second spell for Cambridge was goalkeeper Ryan McNamara's first goal scored in the Northern League when he smashed home a penalty in the 76th minute. That goal, and his overall performance, earned McNamara his Player of the Day award. Birkenhead's goals were scored by former New Zealand schools international Jack Salter (4), Mirko Mamic and Will Ward. The Cambridge players agreed after the game that Birkenhead were the best side they had faced this season with Junior All White Jack Hobson-McVeigh their standout player.
Cambridge Firsts 2 v Pukekohe AFC 2
01 May 2010
A last-gasp equaliser in the fourth minute of added time earned Cambridge a vital point against Northern League Division 1 rivals Pukekohe.
With the referee checking his watch, Cambridge goalkeeper Ryan McNamara hammered a free kick into the Pukekohe penalty area for leading goalscorer Gareth Clark to strike first time into the net to seal the 2-2 draw.
It was a just reward as Cambridge had dominated play for most of the match at John Kerkhof Park.
Cambridge took the lead after 26 minutes when midfielder Josh Powell fired the ball through a maze of defenders after Pukekohe goalkeeper Andre van Lieshout punched clear under pressure.
Pukekohe levelled after 36 minutes through veteran skipper Geoff Rickard and the visitors went ahead early in the second half when midfielder Jethro Conway finished from close in.
From then on, Cambridge threw everything forward with winger Dima Slack forcing a fingertip save from Lieshout and the Pukekohe defence scrambling to keep their lead.
Eventually, Clark got his chance and earned his side a valuable point which keeps Cambridge three league points clear of relegation-threatened Pukekohe and Papakura City.
Cambridge’s outstanding players were midfielder Josh Powell, who worked tirelessly and goalkeeper McNamara.
Cambridge have extended their unbeaten home record to three games but must now push for results on the road as they play consecutive matches in Auckland before returning to John Kerkhof Park on May 29, against high-flying Ellerslie.
Westlake Boys High 2 v Cambridge Firsts 0
24 Apr 2010
Chatham Cup Game
Cambridge have been knocked out of New Zealand football's oldest competition, losing their opening tie of the 83rd Chatham Cup 2-0 away to Auckland's Westlake Boys High.
The well-drilled Westlake team started the game confidently and surged forward at every opportunity. This paid off with a goal after 10 minutes, giving the students self-belief and a hint of the upset result to come.
Though Cambridge matched their opponents for possession, many of their players had poor individual games, making elementary mistakes and failing to create chances. This cost them when Westlake extended their lead in the second half.
The Cambridge squad and coaches were disappointed with their performance, as well as the result, especially after they were starting to find form in the league. Hopefully the cup result will serve as a wake-up call and Pukekohe - who won their cup tie 3-1 against West Hamilton United - will cop the backlash next Saturday
Cambridge Firsts 2 v Hibiscus Coast 1
17 Apr 2010
A goal from teenage substitute Peter Loyd helped 10-man Cambridge to one of the biggest upsets of the Northern League football season when the Reds beat table-toppers Hibiscus Coast 2-1.
Cambridge’s young side had struggled to settle into this season’s First Division but Saturday’s win was deserved after good performances against Auckland clubs Waiuku and Western Springs.
But Cambridge won the hard way, suffering several injuries during the match and losing midfielder Nathan Claridge after 70 minutes when he was sent off. Hibiscus Coast – previously unbeaten and averaging four goals a game – took the lead at John Kerkhof Park after half an hour when striker Chris Smart finished off a finely worked move by the visitors’ midfield.
However Cambridge fought back and goalscoring chances were traded at each end.
Cambridge’s Dave Fisher and Josh Powell were both injured and replaced. On the hour, hard-working midfielder Scott Parsonage levelled for Cambridge when he raced through the Hibiscus Coast defence to fire home a well-placed shot from 20 metres.
The home side then lost Claridge and faced a frantic final 20 minutes a man down.
Substitute Lloyd sent home supporters into raptures after 79 minutes when he bravely charged into the packed Hibiscus Coast penalty area to head home a Parsonage corner. It was the 17-year-old’s first goal in the Northern League.
The league leaders threw everything at Cambridge in the final minutes. Both Loyd and centre back Blair Cooper cleared off their line for the Reds to notch their first win of the season.
Midfielder Parsonage was a deserved Man of the Match.
Western Springs 2 v Cambridge Firsts 0
10 Apr 2010
Cambridge's first trip to Auckland for the season produced an encouraging performance against a side that's second on the league table and scoring goals for fun.
Coach Andrew Treanor and assistant Josh Easby were forced to make changes to the starting line-up with three players unavailable but recalled winger Dima Slack to the squad.
Playing with a new formation, and midfield combination, Cambridge took time to settle and conceded a goal after 10 minutes when Western Springs' leading goalscorer Leo Berlim finished off a smart move to score from close-in.
As the game progressed, Cambridge grew in confidence and the first spell ended with chances at both ends.
In the second half, Cambridge matched their opponents and were unlucky not to score from a couple of chances including one where a Springs defender cleared off the line.
With eight minutes to go, and Cambridge pushing players forward in search of an equaliser, Western Springs extended their lead through Bryan Pepper.
The two-goal margin was a fair reflection of the game but Cambridge will be heartened by their performance and the knowledge that the players are starting to find their feet at this level.
Again, goalkeeper Ryan McNamara was outstanding and midfielders Gareth Clark, Josh Powell and skipper Scott Parsonage combined well. Winger Malcolm Matthews used his speed and fitness to good effect and right back Nathan Claridge fought hard for every ball.
Cambridge player of the day was central defender Blair Cooper who organised the defence superbly and won all his personal duels with Springs' forwards.
Cambridge's next opponents are unbeaten league leaders Hibiscus Coast who kick off at John Kerkhoff Park at 2.45pm, Saturday April 17.
Cambridge Firsts 3 v Waiuku 3
05 Apr 2010
Cambridge earned their first league point of the season in this six-goal thriller played on Easter Monday at John Kerkhoff Park.
The game ended in controversy as referee Chris Larkin played 14 minutes of added time at the end of which Waiuku scored their equaliser. The goal came from a long throw which the linesman appeared to flag as a foul throw but the referee overruled him and the points were shared.
It was the last act of an enthralling game in which the young Cambridge team - with several experienced players drafted in - gave their supporters plenty to cheer about.
Cambridge's game plan was to neutralise Waiuku's playmaking captain and top scorer Cody Ralph, and to prevent the visitors from getting off to their usual high-speed start which has seen them take early leads in all their games so far this season. Fed 2 midfielder Jamie Coomber was drafted into the firsts and given the job of man-marking Ralph while forward Peter Loyd played deep to help in the early midfield battle.
Both tactics worked a treat and Cambridge defender Blair Cooper gave his side a 7th minute lead with a rocket header on the end of a Scott Parsonage corner.
Later in the half, Cody slipped Coomber for the only time in the game and scored Waiuku's equaliser.
C team regulars Russell Foster and Ron Kardas added experience to the Cambridge side but both needed to be subbed in the second half as the heat took its toll.
The Cambridge substitutes played their part with Gareth Clark (70 mins) and Matty Harper (81 mins) finding the net to give the home side a 3-1 lead. Clark's goal came from a ball pulled back from the byline while Harper confidently buried a penalty.
With a large public holiday crowd willing the final whistle to blow, Waiuku threw everyone forward for the final minutes - and for that eventful period of added time. The Cambridge defence failed to clear from long throw set pieces and Waiuku grabbed their goals through Robbie Leonard and Danny Baldwin.
While the Cambridge side was disappointed to not take all the points, Waiuku deserved credit for working hard till the very end - a lesson that will be learned by the boys in red and white.
Cambridge's man of the match was Coomber and captain Scott Parsonage earned big wraps for his huge workload in central midfield from where he made 37 passes with a 73% completion rate.
Cambridge Firsts 0 v Matamata Swifts 3
03 Apr 2010
Newly-promoted Matamata Swifts deservedly won this local derby played at high tempo at John Kerkhof Park.
With five first teamers unavailable, Cambridge recalled defenders Jonathan Monteith (who had served a one-match suspension) and Dave Fisher (hand injury), while midfielder Scott Parsonage was given the captain's armband to wear against his former club.
Matamata took a first-half lead in bizarre circumstances when Parsonage tried to blast a clearance over his own bar from the edge of the Cambridge area. Goalkeeper Oz McNamara got a hand to the ball but it flew into the top of the net.
Cambridge's youngsters had their best spells in the 15 minute periods before and after the interval but Matamata turned on the pressure and made three second half substitutions, all to good effect. English import Mike Beard scored twice to seal the win and leave Cambridge in search of their first league point of the season.
Fisher was awarded the Cambridge man of the match, with goalkeeper McNamara given credit for another athletic performance.
Cambridge Firsts 1 v Fencibles Utd 3
20 Mar 2010
With seven players making their Northern League debuts, Cambridge's new-look side took many positives from the season opener against one of the championship favourites.
Cambridge led after an hour and succumbed only after being reduced to 10 men with the sending off of defender Jonathan Monteith, who earned a straight red for tripping an attacker while being the last man in defence.
Captain Gareth Clark scored after 34 minutes when he converted a well-weighted through ball from midfielder Wilfried Weber after a four-player move up the middle.
Cambridge man of the match was stand-in goalkeeper Matty Aberhart who made a series of spectacular saves in his league debut. Midfielder Lee McNally and defender Adam Graham both battled on with heavily-bandaged wounds after suffering from head clashes.
Cambridge never gave up and all the players worked hard for 90 minutes with Nathan Claridge and Scott Parsonage covering plenty of ground.