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Cambridge United: Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 17 Jan 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town are set to welcome Cambridge United to The Shay in search of their first victory of 2014 on Saturday. The Shaymen will be keen to avenge the defeat suffered on the opening day where red cards to Danny Lowe and Matt Glennon placed Yorkshire backs firmly against the wall in front of the BT Sport cameras.

Current Form:

FCHT: Town have picked up nine points from their last six games including two draws against Gateshead on Boxing and New Years Day, and a thumping of Lincoln sandwiched between the two.

CUFC: Cambridge have played six times in the league since their encounter including the tussle against Barnet way back on November 16th, various cup competitions interwoven into their fixture list. As a result they have four games in hand on Luton who sit top of the Skrill Conference Premier. In those six games, the U’s have picked up 11 points.

Key Man:

Luke Berry has nine goals from midfield comprised of seven in the league and two in the cup. Berry’s last effort came in the aforementioned victory over Barnet, and his longest dry spell in the league has been just five games so the 21-year old will certainly be one to watch.

Down the Years:

The teams have squared off 24 times in all competitions in a period that stretches back to the 1973/4 season. Town have come out on top six times (once in the FA Cup), the sides have drawn seven times, and Cambridge have been victorious 11 times.

Played for Both:

(Ordered by appearances)

Dave Lennard (1969/72)

Craig Middleton (2000/02)

Peter Butler (1998/2000)

Jamie Murphy (1996/97)

Chris Clarke (1999/02)

Paul Wilson (1991/93)

& many more.

Last Meeting:

The less said the better for Neil Aspin’s men; two red cards, two penalties conceded, five goals against. Also done in front of a national audience on a Sunday lunchtime in August. Danny Lowe and Matt Glennon were both dismissed after Lee Gregory’s opening goal, the cards sandwiching an Adam Cunnington penalty, before the floodgates opened. Ryan Donaldson notched the second, before a brace from Delano Sam-Yorke and Cunnington’s second forced Town to second-bottom of the league after just one game.


Referee: Darren Handley

Assistants: Michael Bonage & Helen Byrne

Fourth Official: Thomas Kirk

Follow the Game:
There will be live and kick by kick audio commentary of the game on Shaymen Player.

Match updates will also be available on the official site as well as the club’s official Twitter feed. (

Listen to the pre match show on Shaymen Player which will also have extended match highlights from the game, as well as all the reaction from Neil Aspin and the rest of the camp.

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