Lambe double goes in vain
Reggie Lambe scored twice in Cambridge United’s frustrating 4-2 defeat away to Newport County in the Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.
The Bermuda captain gave the visiting side an early lead at Rodney Parade with a thumping right-footed shot from 18 yards into the bottom right corner.
Lambe then doubled Cambridge’s advantage with a superb solo effort, his third goal of the season, after creating space for himself and firing past Nick Townsend, the Newport goalkeeper.
The home side finally got a foothold in the match when Mickey Demetriou, who spent time at Cambridge on loan, converted from the penalty spot after Liam O’Neil was penalised for pushing Charlie Cooper in the box.
Cambridge’s lead was cancelled out early in the second half when Padraig Amond turned in an Antoine Semnyos cross from close range.
Jamille Matt then completed the home side’s comeback when he scored two headers in as many minutes, as things quickly went from bad to worse for Cambridge.
Lambe, who will lead Bermuda in their second Concacaf Nations League qualifying match against Sint Maarten at the National Stadium on October 12, nearly pulled one back but saw his shot take a slight deflection off the goalkeeper and trickle away from danger.
Cambridge have lost three of their past four matches and are 20th in League Two, just three points from the relegation zone.
Also in Britain on Saturday, Nahki Wells’s Queen’s Park Rangers lost 3-0 away to Swansea City, while Jonté Smith’s Lewes won 1-0 at Wingate & Finchley, with James Hammond scoring the winner in the 58th minute.
Elsewhere in Europe, Willie Clemons’s Bodens won their fifth consecutive match, 3-2 away to Ostersund.
Boden are second in Swedish football’s second tier, four points behind Hudiksvall.
In Finland, William White’s Narpes Kraft won 2-1 away to TP47 to end their season on a winning note.
“First professional season in the books was a great learning experience,” the Bermuda player said on Twitter.
“Ready to get back to my family and work hard this off-season.”
Narpes Kraft and TP47 are among the three teams relegated from Kakkonen Group C, which was won on goal difference by TPV.
Yesterday saw Djair Parfitt -Williams’s Rudar Velenje record a 2-1 home win over fourth-placed Domzale in the Slovenian Premier Division.
The win was only the third of the campaign for Parfitt-Williams’s team who are second from the bottom in the standings.
Dante Leverock’s Narva Trans won 2-1 at home to Kuressaare on Friday.
Narva Trans are fourth in the Estonia Premier Division, 11 points behind third-placed Flora.
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