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Cambridge Eye Top Six

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Following a run of poor results, a change in managerial status saw Paul Richardson take to the throne of Cambridge FC. Since the appointment of Richardson, Cambridge have moved up to ninth place, following a streak of draws in such a tight division.

With aspirations to climb into the top six, the challenge for survival is the WaiBOP outfit’s main concern, considering they’re only two points clear from a relegation spot.

“Survival is absolutely key right now for us as a club, we’ve worked really hard to get where we are, as we deserve to be here” Richardson said.

Cambridge Coach, Paul Richardson

 

“That applies to Ngongotaha as well, we’re looking to represent the WaiBOP region proudly, so we’ll do everything in our power to do that as we’re hoping to finish inside the top six.”

“We’re much more competitive, we’re certainly a team that’s difficult to break down, hard to beat, we worked on that discipline and we’re working much better as a unit.”

“With only eight games remaining, anybody in this division outside of the top two can probably beat anyone, we saw that on the weekend, with Te Atatu beating Claudelands, so there’s a long way to go, eight big cup finals for all the sides in the mix and we’re hoping it goes our way.”

Despite sitting ninth on the table and on the threat of relegation, Cambridge have scored an impressive 31 goals so far this season.

Among those numbers, 12 of those goals belong to Cambridge’s top goal scorer, Josh Clarkin, who’s playing his first season in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two, aged only 17.

Josh Clarkin’s seasonal record so far

“Josh [Clarkin] is only seventeen, first season in the Northern League, cracking player, good in the air, fast, strong, good football intelligence for a young player, if he keeps going like he is doing and progressing like he is, he’s got a good future with football in this country” Richardson said.

This weekend, Clarkin will line up in a hotly-contest affair, when Cambridge square up against relegation rivals, Onehunga Mangere United on Saturday.

With only one point separating the two sides, a win for either side, will push them inches closer to the top six, something Cambridge are eyeing.

Last week, OMU battled out a 1-0 win over promotion contenders Franklin United and are determined to continue the winning form when the sides clash at John Kerkhof Park this weekend.

“They were conceding a few goals at the start of the year and they seem to have tightened up at the back” Richardson said.

“There’s only eight points between the top three and the bottom three, it’s a real skinny league right in the middle and a couple of results could really change the outcome of the season for either Onehunga or ourselves as a victory on Saturday would move us into the top six and that’s what we’re hoping to achieve.”

The match will kick off at 3pm at John Kerkhof Park.

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Other Lotto NRFL Men’s Division Two Fixtures:

Te Atatu v Papakura City FC – Te Atatu Peninsula Park
Claudelands Rovers v Takapuna – Galloway Park
Bucklands Beach AFC v Albany United – Lloyd Elsmore Park
Ngongotaha v Northland – Tamarahi Reserve
Franklin United v Metro FC – Bledisloe Park

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