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Cambridge Preview - We Look Ahead to Cambridge's Visit To The EnviroVent

28 April 2021

Match Previews

Cambridge Preview - We Look Ahead to Cambridge's Visit To The EnviroVent

28 April 2021

We are back under the EnviroVent lights this Friday evening as we welcome Cambridge United for our last home game of the 2020/21 EFL season.



There may be more than an eye on the visit to Wembley on Monday for the FA Trophy final against Concord Rangers, but Simon Weaver will know he will be in for a tough evening against a side that stand just one victory from securing automatic promotion to the third tier in almost 20 years.

Recent form

Town fell to a 2-1 defeat in the corresponding fixture at the Abbey Stadium in early January. Jack Muldoon's first-half strike was cancelled out by Joe Ironside and Wes Hoolahan following a red card for Lloyd Kerry.



The U's have maintained their strong form since and despite falling to defeat at Stevenage last weekend not only look set to secure promotion but still have a chance of winning the League Two title, currently sitting two points behind Cheltenham.

They come into the game with the best away record in the division having taken 39 points from their 22 games.

The Man in Charge

Mark Bonner is the man at the helm, having been appointed to succeed Colin Calderwood in January 2020. Bonner had previously held a number of positions in a coaching capacity at the club.

Ones to Watch

The club finished in 16th position in the shortened 2019/20 season. During the summer, there were notable arrivals at the club, including strikers Paul Mullin and Joe Ironside who arrived from Tranmere and Macclesfield respectively, as well as former Ireland international Wes Hoolahan.

All three have been in excellent form this season during their promotion charge. Mullin has hit 29 goals, a club record and had a stand at the stadium named after him as a result, whilst Hoolahan's impact from midfield has seen him shortlisted alongside Mullin for the division's player of the season award.

Ironside, despite being slightly overshadowed by the prolific duo has still added 14 goals and four assists.

History

Founded in 1912 as Abbey United, the club became Cambridge United after turning professional a couple of years earlier. They were to remain a non-league side until 1970 when they replaced Bradford Park Avenue.

Under Ron Atkinson, in his first managerial job, the club would be promoted to the old second division in 1978.

The spent half a decade at the level with John Docherty as manager after Atkinson had taken the West Brom job, but relegations in quick succession saw them return to the bottom tier in 1985.

The 1990's were to be United's most successful period. Under John Beck, the club returned to the second division, finishing as high as fifth in 1992.

After a couple of further relegations, the club would lose their league status altogether in 2005, spending a decade at Conference level, including a couple of playoff near misses, before returning to League Two in 2014, where they have remained since.

Team News

Weaver will be without Josh March, Simon Power and Aaron Martin on Friday, though the two latter have been progressing well with their recoveries.

You can watch our final home fixture of the season live for £10 with a Town streaming pass.

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