Cambridge 1 Lincoln 0 Berry Settles It As Power Sees Red
Cambridge Utd and Lincoln did the Skrill Premier justice in this top of the table clash.
For the benefit of United fans, visiting the site for the first time, first the score & scorers, secondly the teams & schemes, then the match report and finally more stats than you can shake an Imp or Black & Amber fan at thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
H/T – 1–0
Attendance 3022 (2575 United 447 Imps)
Ref Mr Kinseley
The teams & schemes
14 Tait 17 Hughes 6 Miller 11 Dunk
7 Donaldson 8 Champion 18 Berry 24 Arnold
19 Sam-Yorke 9 Cunnington
H/T Taylor on for Sam-Yorke. 76 Austin on for Dunk, 80 Spillane on for Cunnington.
22 Spillane, 13 Norris 3 Taylor, 4 Coulson 16 Austin
Miller (Y-80) Brown Boyce Newton
Power (R-92) Sheridan
70 D/S – Dixon on for Jordan and Rowe on for Sheridan
31 GK Preece, 6 Fofana, 9 Rowe, 15 Gray, 17 Dixon,
To the game fellow football fans to the game………………….
United kick off and keep possession but the ball runs out for a goal kick. A neat Newton and Rowe exchange finds Jordan but his cross is long. Cambridge sitting deep counter but Arnold’s snap-shop goes wide. Brown gives the ball away to Arnold but his shot is just wide. Power’s free-kick is easily claimed by Maxwell.
Tate plays to Donaldson but Nolan is wise to it and plays to Foster who plays in Power but Cambridge clear and counter, forcing Foster to foul Berry. The Imps are making it difficult for the Hosts forcing Berry to shoot over from distance. Jordan feeds Power who drives one the past the post. Dunk goes down the line and centre’s for Sam-Yorke who fizzes the ball well over.
Boyce, having a terrific game, almost loses out to Sam-Yorke, but redeems himself and clears for a throw. Twenty-minutes in and both sides are struggling to break each other down but the Imps passing an movement sees them carve a shot for Power who drags his effort. Foster then crosses well but Nolan also drives wide. Cambridge spring to life but Farman goes to ground to deny Sam-Yorke, taking a great ball from Tait into his stride.
Sam-Yorke beats Brown but Newton backs him up to clear the danger. Berry sees Cunnington’s run, but Sam-Yorke in an offside position fluffs the chance. A sublime 35 yard ball from Nolan finds Miller on the overlap but no one is there to meet his cross. Cunnington requires treatment after a fair but physical aerial challenge from Boyce. Newton wins a corner after skipping two men, but Nolan’s eventual delivery from a corner is cleared.
Cambridge also win a corner and go the short route, Donaldson plays to Arnold, his delivery is good but both sides fail to challenge much to Money’s frustration. With four minutes on the clock the good work is undone. Brown is bemused by Sam-Yorke in the 18 yard box, he plays inside, Nolan intervenes but takes too many touches and Berry slams home a glorious half-volley for the opener. The Imps try to get back into matters but two Newton crosses come to nought. It’s hearts in mouths time again as Arnold gets free but fizzes just wide to leave the Imps still in it Can the Imps use the interval to regroup?
The Imps keep the faith whilst Sam-Yorke, a big danger in the first half comes off. Taylor moves to left back, Dunk to left wing with pacey Arnold moving up top. The Imps are first to threaten. Jordan’s shot is blocked, Newton fires the first rebound and then volleys the second just over on his left. Cambridge come close to a second as Farman saves a Berry drive.
Arnold charges forward feeds Donaldson who chests down magnificently and drives just wide. United have clicked through the gears in the opening with the tactical substitution adding some serious pace to the Black and Ambers attack. Newton sends over a great cross but Taylor is wise to it and clears. Newton shows his defensive side to better Berry and win a goal-kick.
A great challenge from Sheridan, very quiet thus far, on Cunnington sees him eye-balled having been awarded the free-kick. Foster marauds forward but his rising drive is blocked by Miller who has put life and body on the line time and again today. Another swift counter from Cambridge sees Berry just fail with the final pass. The football from both sides has been decent given the greasy conditions, it has to be said.
A terrific ball from Newton finds Thomlinson who heads to Nolan but the organised hosts force the subsequent passing move to peter out back in Lincoln’s own half. Simmo makes a double substitution in the 70th minute as Dixon comes on for Jordan and Rowe replaces Sheridan. Nolan and Power are galvanised by the introduction of Rowe, with even the lively Newton getting a second wind.
Newton’s corner is palmed over by Maxwell. The keeper them fumbles Newton’s second corner and Rowe thunders just over the bar. Cambridge counter at breathtaking speed but Arnold is fortunately offside. Nolan overlaps but Rowe’s shot is saved by Maxwell. The ball comes to Newton who feeds Nolan but Maxwell saves again. A limping Dunk – dead-leg (well backside cheek) is replaced by Austin. The Imps are playing some great football Newton plays to Rowe who hammers goalward but Maxwell pulls another world-class save.
Miller takes a yellow for the team as he brings down Austin who would have been away. Cunnington limps off to be replaced by defender Spillane. The Imps continue to press with Nolan firing another mighty effort over. Maxwell beats Thomlinson to another Newton cross. But Cambridge still pose a pacey threat. Boyce bravely blocks an effort from Taylor on the overlap and then a thirty yarder from Spillane whistles a fivers breadth wide.
Arnold’s effort is blocked and Berry blasts a glorious opportunity over. Power then puts in a two-footed challenge on Taylor in injury time to end any lingering hopes. Out come the handbags and out comes the red card and Power will be out for 3 games at least. A resilient performance where the Imps created enough chances to get something out of the game. But then Cambridge also created enough to win it and did despite a never say die attitude from the Imps throughout. Great advert for the division we will face few as hard as United this season.
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
48 % Ball 52 %
4 Shots on 7
8 Misses 7
6 Saves 2
2 Corners 6
3 Offside 3
5 Fouls 10
0 Yellows 1
0 Reds 1
The Table 24/8/13
|11||FC Halifax Town||4||2||1||1||8||9||-1||7|
|13||Forest Green Rovers||4||1||2||1||10||3||+7||5|
|24||Aldershot Town (-10 pts)||4||1||1||2||4||3||+1||-6|
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