Cambridge Utd Focus: Can Imps Undo Formible Foe
The build up to the Cambridge United game suggests a battle of attrition on the Imps part. George & Money saw last season as an opportunity to put out their biggest possible side, but despite Simmo’s battle cry, this time around, one has to feel this will be a game won by quality as both sides have it in spades. United will be our stiffest test yet, but we will be their’s too and, with both unbeaten something has got to give.
It’s the form of the foe by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Saturday 24th August K.O 17:15 pm
(see bottom for ticket prices, pubs & ground guide
United sit top of the pile and unbeaten thus far, with perhaps the strongest all-round squad in the division. Such is their strength in depth that they rested Cunnington and Hughes on Saturday allowing Arnold and Sam-Yorke to partner big Berry instead. United beat in-form and previously unbeaten Aldershot 1-0 and even missed a penalty to keep things tight against a side who are chewing into a 10 point handicap rather swiftly.
Cunnington, Donaldson & Sam-Yorke have already bagged two apiece after a 5-1 win over Halifax, a 2-2 draw at Welling and the 1-0 win at Aldershot. Cunnington will be back next to Sam-Yorke after Donaldson played up top against the Shots, so Arnold and Donaldson look set to vie for the right wing slot. Dunk on the left would also grace any side suggesting a busy day for our full-backs Gray and Newton. Big lad Hughes also partners Cunnington so Sam-Yorke may not get the nod if the United gaffer fancies brute force as opposed to pace and power against Boyce and Brown.
Cambridge United play a powerful 4-4-2 with Money seemingly calling the shots more and more at the expense of gaffer Jez George. Central midfielders Berry and Champion are just that and Miller (a target for Simmo until the United offer blew us out of the water) and McAuley are a great central defensive pairing. They conceded two against Welling and will struggle to cover the runs from deep of Rowe and Fairhurst, with Tommo also having both for pace. Full-backs Taylor and Tait are very dangerous going forward but can be caught on the counter and this keep it tight and counter modus operandi has been the Imps game plan thus far this season.
|Management Team||Jez George & Richard Money|
|Formation||4-4-2 / 4-3-3|
|Position 2012/13||14th in BSP|
|STMI Forecast||In the top 3|
Likely team & Scheme
14 Tait 6 Miller 12 McAuley 3 Taylor
24 Arnold 8 Champion 18 Berry 11 Dunk
17 Hughes 9 Cunnington
The Summer Plan
Tamworth’s Adam Cunnington was the leading scorer in the division last season and goals were the Black and Ambers problem. Rare is it that a Simpson side loses out in the heigh stakes but we did at home – a 0-0 to further illustrate the point. In a double swoop fellow Lamb Richard Tate, a defender, also arrived. The Darts of Dartford were dealt a double top as Tom Bonner and Tom Champion, two very influential figures in defence and midfield respectively, also defected. Greg Taylor of Luton and keeper Chris Maxwell (6 month loan initially) seem to have completed a defensive rebuild as Jonathan Hedge was allowed to go and keep goal at Grimsby.
Nathan Arnold has come in from Alfreton to supply the bullets, the gifted winger fed Tomlinson and Clayton exceedingly well last term. One feels United will not miss gash’s goals (though most were on loan anyway) after he moved to title rivals Kidderminster. Tom Shaw has left for Alfreton whilst 3 have gone out on loan to balance the books, with ex-Imps Sam Smith and Scott Garner to Hereford (wise move from cash-strapped Foyle the old fox) and Boston respectively; plus Blaine Hudson to Welling (who wont be coming back to haunt). Seven were released after a season that did not do a decent side justice, but that just shows how nobody knows how cohesive a side of talented individuals will blend until a ball is kicked.
|8th May||Tom Champion||Dartford||Mid||Free|
|8th May||Tom Bonner||Dartford||Def||Free|
|9th May||Richard Tate||Tamworth||Def||Free|
|9th May||D Sam-Yorke||Basingstoke||For||Undis|
|10th May||Adam Cunnington||Tamworth||For||Undis|
|24th May||Ryan Donaldson||Gateshead||Mid||Undis|
|1st July||Greg Taylor||Luton||Def||Free|
|24th July||Nathan Arnold||Alfreton||Wing||Free|
|To Jan||Chris Maxwell||Fleetwood||GK|
|To Jan||Scott Garner||Boston||Def||Wages|
|1st May||Michael Gash||Kidderminster||For||Undis|
|1st July||Tom Shaw||Alfreton||Mid||Free|
|24th July||Jonathan Hedge||Grimsby||GK||Free|
Cambridge United 2013/14 Squad
Keepers 1 Chris Maxwell, 13 Will Norris, Defenders 2 Kevin Roberts 3 Greg Taylor, 4 Josh Coulson, 5 Tom Bonner, 6 Ian Miller 14 Richard Tait, 18 Luke Berry, Midfield 7 Ryan Donaldson, 8 Tom Champion, 11 Harrison Dunk, 12 Rory McAuley 16 Mitch Austin, 20 Luke Allen Forwards 9 Adam Cunnington, 10 Tom Elliott, 15 Andy Pugh, 17 Liam Hughes, 19 Delano Sam-Yorke 26 Liam Hurst, 27 Bobby-Joe Taylor 28 – Mitch Hancock
Saturday 24th August K.O 17:15 pm
|Away Fans Pricing||Adults £18||Cons £12
||U16 £8||South Stand seats (1600)|
Concessions apply to Over 65′s
On occasions (larger followings) the Habbin Terrace is also available for away fans although we have no confirmation that this will be the case on Saturday. If it is open prices would be: Adults £15, Concessions £10, Under 16’s £5.
The full GROUND GUIDE, including stand views, map, pubs & grub is HERE thanks as ever to Duncan Adams, who is a jolly good egg. Fly/Drive safely, have a good time and don’t forget to bring at least a point back with you.
SATNAV: Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8LN