Match Reports

WaiBOP Championship

Cambridge 1 v Tokoroa 1
23 Jul 2016

Cambridge and Tokoroa played out an entertaining and tense 1-1 draw in this WaiBOP Championship match at John Kerkhof Park.
The game began with a minute's silence to respect the memory of Tokoroa's coach, Rob Malcolm, 47, who died the day before.
Both teams wore black armbands and a large contingent of supporters came to the game to support the Tokoroa side.
The visitors went ahead in the first half through a penalty but Cambridge put together long periods of possession, often failing with the final pass.
Finally, a move came together that allowed Josh Clarkin to finish from close in, scoring the leveller.

Cambridge 4 v Whakatane Town 2
01 Aug 2015

Cambridge moved into third spot on the WaiBOP Championship ladder thanks to a hat-trick from striker Adam Brady.
Playing at John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge surprisingly went two goals down to bottom-placed Whakatane Town before Brady's three goals put his side ahead.
Young Ewan Bussey grabbed the fourth goal to seal the points.
With that goal, Bussey became the 15th Cambridge player to score a goal in this season's championship, while his hat-trick gives Brady nine goals for the season.
Cambridge Player of the Day was midfielder Ollie Harris.

Cambridge 3 v Tauranga Old Blues 0
04 Jul 2015

Cambridge remain in contention for the WaiBOP Championship title after Tauranga Old Blues defaulted this fixture at John Kerkhof Park.
A victory by default is recorded as a 3-0 win in terms of the league table.

Cambridge 4 v Matamata Swifts 0
27 Jun 2015

Two goals in each half ensured Cambridge took the points in this WaiBOP Championship derby.
Going into the match, Cambridge were keen to shake off any after effects from last weekend’s first loss of the season, at Te Puke, and looked for a strong start.
It paid off when Sam Garmonsway put Cambridge ahead in the 19th minute.
Leading goalscorer Adam Brady added a second goal after 29 minutes, which saw the teams reach half-time with a 2-0 scoreline.
Two minutes after the restart, Brady added his second, putting the result out of touch for a young and hardworking Matamata side.
Jordan Silvester added his team’s fourth on 73 minutes.
The Cambridge Player of the Day was Henry Stephen who played well in a wide role before moving into a central role.
The win keeps Cambridge in second place on the table.
Assistant coach Richard Armstrong said after the match the scoreline reflected the depth of talent this year at Cambridge. The club's Waikato A side would be competitive in the Championship, and the Championship team would hold its own in the Premiership, he said.
All four goalscorers in the Championship game had played for the club's first team this season.
Next Saturday, Cambridge hosts Tauranga Old Blues in the WaiBOP Championship at John Kerkhof Park (kick off 12.30pm).

Te Puke United 2 v Cambridge 0
13 Jun 2015

After an unbeaten run of eight games, Cambridge finally lost for the first time in this season’s WaiBOP Championship at the home of fourth-placed Te Puke United.
The home side took the lead in the first half through Charlie McIllwaine and sealed the victory with a second spell effort from Dave Capponi.
Despite the loss, Cambrige remain in second place on the table, six points behind leaders Claudelands Rovers but with a game in hand.
The team’s next match is on June 27 at John Kerkhof Park when Cambridge host local rivals Matamata Swifts.

Cambridge 2 v Te Awamutu 0
30 May 2015

Cambridge continued their unbeaten start to the season with a well-taken victory in this local derby match against Te Awamutu.
Cambridge took the lead in the first half through Adam Brady, scoring his fourth of the season.
In the second spell, Henry Stephen’s inswinging corner was deflected into the net by the Te Awamutu ‘keeper, making Stephen the 12th different player to get on the championship team’s scoresheet this season – an indicator of the depth of talent in the squad.
The joint players of the day were James Cakebread and Mauro Periera.
The win sees Cambridge stay in second place on the league table, three points behind Claudelands Rovers but with a game in hand.

Cambridge 1 v Tokoroa 1
23 May 2015

Cambridge remain unbeaten after seven rounds of the WaiBOP Championship but will feel they should have taken all the points from this encounter in heavy rain at John Kerkhof Park.
The side created a host of chances but converted only one, when midfielder Danny Styles put the team ahead in the first half.
Tokoroa scrapped hard and found a second half equaliser.
Styles was the Player of the Day.
The draw keeps Cambridge in second place on the table but within three points of the lead and with a game in hand.
Next Saturday, the team’s at home to Te Awamutu (kick off 12.30pm).

Claudelands Rovers 0 v Cambridge 1
16 May 2015

Cambridge teenager Josh Clark made a triumphant return to his old club by scoring the only goal in this top-of-the-table match at Hamilton’s Galloway Park.
Clark has been playing in the United States on a college scholarship but has arrived back in Cambridge in time to play a role in the club’s winter season.
He and his team mates went to Claudelands knowing a win would move them to within four points of the competition lead and with a game in hand.
The win means Cambridge remain unbeaten after six rounds, with two draws the only blips on an otherwise flawless campaign.
Next Saturday, the team hosts Tokoroa at John Kerkhof Park (12.30pm).

Whakatane Town 1 v Cambridge 2
02 May 2015

Cambridge maintained their unbeaten start to the 2015 WaiBOP Championship season with a battling win at Whakatane’s Rex Morpeth Park.
With many younger players tied up with a school tournament, Cambridge travelled with only 11 players to face a Whakatane side known for being difficult to beat at home.
However Cambridge struck first when Mauro Periera gave the visitors the lead before Lee Framp added a second to provide a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Despite Whakatane pulling a goal back through Jason Pullar, Cambridge hung on for the league points and moved into second place on the table after five rounds.
The championship team has a bye next weekend.

Ngongotaha 1 v Cambridge 4
18 Apr 2015

Cambridge extended their unbeaten start to the 2015 season with a comfortable win at Ngongotaha to go second on the WaiBOP Championship table.

Goals from recent signing Adam Brady (2), player coach Ed Kettle and James Cakebread ensured the result was never in doubt.

With two draws and two wins already this season, Cambridge are showing new-found depth of talent across their top men’s sides, demonstrated by the fact eight different players have scored the championship side’s 10 goals so far.

Neither Cambridge nor table leaders Claudelands Rovers have fixtures over Anzac Weekend, and the championship side’s next game is at Whakatane Town on May 2.

Cambridge 4 v West Hamilton 0
11 Apr 2015

Cambridge are unbeaten after three rounds of the WaiBOP Championship having easily despatched West Hamilton with two goals in each half of their match at John Kerkhof Park.
New signing Gavin Clark gave Cambridge the lead through a penalty before Bernardo Belladares made it 2-0 before the interval.
In the second half, Belladares added his second and winger Josh Dagnall finished off the rout with a goal late in the match.
With draws in their opening games, Cambridge sit within reach of the championship lead and can be heartened by their solid start to the season.
Belladares was the Player of the Day.
Next weekend, the side travels to Ngongotaha.

Tauranga Old Blues 2 v Cambridge 2
04 Apr 2015

Cambridge remain unbeaten in the WaiBOP Championship after registering their second draw of the season, against Tauranga Old Blues.
Sam Garmonsway gave Cambridge an early lead but the home team fought back and through Wes Green, took a 2-1 lead.
However with 20 minutes to go, Cambridge levelled through Alex Ball to end the match 2-2.
Next Saturday, Cambridge play West Hamilton United at John Kerkhof Park (kick off 12.30pm) in the Championship.

Ngongotaha 3 v Cambridge 4
21 Jun 2014

Cambridge travelled to Ngongotaha looking to return to winning ways. Coming of the back of some poor results the away knew it would be a tough game. With a number of senior players out it was up to the young players to step up and take their chance to start. Cambridge went out attack from the whistle and after 5 minutes were 1-0 up after a corner was headed home by Zach Mayo. The re-jigged back line was working well together not letting Ngongotaha create chances. Cambridge kept pushing and the Mayo brothers combined for Zach to score his second. The midfield three of Mitch Claridge, Ed Kettle and Josh Mayo were working hard to break up the home teams play. Ngongotaha scored an simple tap in to make it 2-1 but Zach Mayo complete his first half hat trick to reinstate Cambridge's two goal advantage. That's how the half ended. The halftime speech by captain Adrian Clark told the team they will need to start fast and work hard. They did exactly that and Claridge scored from the edge of the area after good build up play from Kettle. The new centre back partnership of Alex Ball and Clark stopped Ngongotaha getting back into the game with Jamie Floyd and Cullen Tapin working well as wing backs. The home team got a little luck and two goals made it 4-3 and a nervous last 10 for Cambridge. The away team held on for a deserved win with a young team. Zak Mayo was Player of the Day. Next week home to Tokoroa, 12.30 kick off.

West Hamilton 5 v Cambridge 2
07 Jun 2014

Cambridge played West Hamilton at Weka Street. The away team were a bit shaken after last week’s game and went into this game confident to leave with a win. That confidence was quickly lost after West Ham came out firing; scoring 3 goals in 15 minutes and putting Cambridge on the back foot. A little shell shocked Cambridge started playing nice football and creating chances which once again they couldn't convert. Hamish McKenzie then saved a penalty that should not have been. New player Josh Wilson was having a good game at centre back and started controlling the game. 3-0 to the home team at half time. Adrian Clark gave the team some strong words at half time and brought himself on as Caleb Wilkinson who had to keep his date happy and get ready for the school ball. Into the second half and Cambridge went chasing the game, taking control of the middle of the park. Pushing for goals left-back Alex Ball headed home a Nathan Claridge cross to get Cambridge on the score sheet. With Cambridge pushing to score more, West Ham caught them on the counter attack scoring twice to make it 5-1. Nathan Claridge played an inch perfect ball to his brother Mitch who rounded the keeper to finish calmly. Grant Mcllmurray then hit the bar with a 20 yard screamer but the game ended 5-2. For Cambridge it was another missed opportunity to close on the top teams. Man of the match went to Callum Tappin for an excellent performance when he came on at right back. Next week Cambridge play league leaders Katikati at John Kerkhof Park.

Rotorua United 1 v Cambridge 1
24 May 2014

Cambridge travelled to play unbeaten Rotorua United and were greeted by wet and windy conditions. Cambridge came out of the blocks fast, taking the game to Rotorua early with Mitch Claridge having a header cleared off the line. Straight after, Rotorua scored the opening goal after a mix-up in defence. The Cambridge midfield worked hard to break up Rotorua attacks and push Cambridge forward with Nathan Claridge working well with younger brother Mitch. Wingers Zac Mayo and Miguel Peterie linked with strikers Jason Szabo and Grant Mcllmurray to create chances. Eventually Cambridge levelled with Peterie hitting a long shot which the Rotorua goalkeeper couldn't handle and the ball rolled into the net. The rest of the half was end to end with both teams having chances to add to the score but both ‘keepers making great saves. Teams went to half- time with the scores locked 1-1. The pitch was in bad condition but both teams kept trying to play football. Josh Mayo came on for Zac Mayo meaning, briefly, two sets of siblings weere on the pitch. Rotorua had a couple of opportunities saved by goalkeeper Hamish McKenzie who made three stunning saves to earn the Man of the Match award. Cambridge almost pinched it as Caleb Wilkinson hit a screamer which the Rotorua keeper got a touch onto the bar. The game ended 1-1; a fair result with Cambridge taking the first points from their hosts. A great team performance with all players working hard for each other. Cambridge will be full of confidence as they welcome Tauranga to Vogel Street next week.

Cambridge 1 v Te Awamutu 1
17 May 2014

Cambridge played neighbours Te Awamutu in a Federation 2 local derby at John Kerkhof Park. Cambridge started well with scoring opportunities to Jason Szabo, Grant Mcllmurray and Andy Taylor after hard work in the midfield by Mitch Claridge and Hayden Kilgour but were unable to convert. Cambridge controlled the game, with the opposition early troubling the back four. Right back Caleb Wilkinson stood out. After a long ball, Szabo was brought down in the box earning Cambridge a penalty. Up stood the cool head of Adrian Clark to slot his second spot kick of the season and put Cambridge a deserved 1-0 up. Cambridge kept pushing for more goals. Te Awamutu won a corner and scored from their first attack to make it 1-1 at half time. Ed Kettle found the net for Cambridge but his effort was disallowed for handball. Cambridge kept the ball well, not allowing Te Awamutu another sight at goal but could not find a deserved winner. The game ended 1-1. Cambridge’s player of the day was Wilkinson. Next Saturday Cambridge travel to Rotorua United. Thanks to Karl Dagnall for taking the team in regular coach Mike Woodlock’s absence.

Katikati 3 v Cambridge 2
12 Apr 2014

Cambridge had their first away trip of the season to the highly rated Katikati, a newly promoted team who won convincingly last week. Cambridge went into the game with confidence after their win last week. They went 1-0 up when Grant Mclmurrary continuing his goal scoring form making it four goals in two games. A fine free kick from Edward Kettle was superbly headed home by the unmarked Cambridge forward. Katikati came back into the game strongly and scored a well worked equaliser as Cambridge found themselves on the back foot. Cambridge dominated the early stages of the second half, playing some lovely football and their dominance was rewarded soon after. Good build up play led to Alex Ball playing a nicely weighted through ball leading to Miguel scoring low into the corner from the edge of the area to put Cambridge 2-1 up. Goalkeeper Hamish McKenzie pulled off a brilliant save, pushing the ball out for a corner. Unfortunately the corner was badly defended and allowed Katikati to equalise with 10 minutes to go. The goal and home support lifted Katikati's confidence and with only a few minutes to go they made it 3-2 to break Cambridge hearts. Andy Taylor had a break away to try snatch a point but his voracious shot was well saved. Cambridge can take positives from the game. Man of the match went to captain Adrian Clark. Next game is at Tokoroa on April 26.

Cambridge 3 v West Hamilton United 2
05 Apr 2014

Cambridge Fed 2's got off to a winning start to the season after a hard fought game against West Hamilton at John Kerkhof Park. Cambridge went a goal down early after West Ham came out of the blocks fast. The home team showed a lot of fight to get back into the game good build up play lead to Grant Mcllmurray scoring two goals in quick succession. A mix up in the defence allowed West Ham to score soon after. Half time score; 2-2. Cambridge took control in the second half, playing some nice football that led to striker Mcllmurray scoring a hat trick. Cambridge keeper Hamish Mckenzie hardly had to touch the ball in the second spell except to pull of one good save. The young players showed a lot of skill and running with the experienced players dictated the play from the defence to the forward line. A great way to start the season, coach Mike Woodlock going away a happy man. Players of the day went to Grant Mcllmurray and full back Caleb Wilkinson.

Cambridge 5 v Matamata Swifts 0
04 May 2013

Cambridge moved into the upper half of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Federation 2 league table with this tidy win against local rivals Matamata.
Injuries had forced coach Neil Evans to juggle his squad but they came out firing at John Kerkhof Park.
After only five minutes, midfielder Mitchell Claridge weaved through the Matamata defence, setting up striker Xie Chong to calmly finish from in front of the goal.
In the 25th minute, Claridge added a second goal smashing home a thundering shot from outside the penalty area.
Two minutes before the break, Chong struck the Matamata post, enabling Caleb Wilkinson to easily slot home the rebound to give the home side a 3-0 lead.
Cambridge increased their lead after 54 minutes when a corner was not cleared by Matamata and Claridge was able to volley the ball into the roof of the net.
The fifth and final goal of the day was scored by Andrew Taylor, turning out against his former club.
Cambridge can be pleased with this result as it lifted the side from the pack of teams clustered in mid-table.
Player of the Day was Claridge for his two goals and an assist.