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Cambridge Preview - A look at what we face next

7 January 2021

Match Previews

Cambridge Preview - A look at what we face next

7 January 2021

After a period of inactivity since Boxing Day due to fixtures being curtailed by the weather, we get 2021 underway with a trip to face Cambridge United.

And in doing so we will be looking to build upon what was a historic 2020 by continuing to progress over the second half of our debut season as a Football League club.

Recent form

The U's were among the early pacesetters in League Two this season, losing just two of their opening 13 games.

Since then, they have won three and lost five of their eight games, failing to keep a clean sheet in their past 12 outings.

They remain well positioned in the playoff positions though, currently in fifth place and come into the game on the back of last weekend's 2-1 away win at Grimsby.

On home turf they have the joint third best points return so far in 2020/21, taking 21 points from their 11 games at the Abbey Stadium.

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.

Prior to coaching and management, the 46-year old made over 350 appearances in a playing career for Blackpool, Cardiff and Oldham before retiring in 2006.

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 and Adam May, who joined from Portsmouth.

Mullin has been particularly prolific this season, netting 18 times so far to lead the divisions scoring charts, whilst Ironside has seven goals to his name.

Hoolahan has assisted four times so far, second only to midfielder Kyle Knoyle who has five assists. United also this week announced the loan signing of young Tottenham defender Jubril Okedina.


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

Simon Weaver's options have been increased following the January window acquisitions of Josh March, William Hondermarck and Jay Williams. All three will come into contention for selection for Saturday's game.

Although he has returned to full training, Will Smith is still unavailable as he works his way back to full fitness, while Dan Jones, Mark Beck and Joe Cracknell remain unavailable.

How to Follow

Our streaming service will continue to operate for the 2020/21 season and beyond, meaning you can continue to watch every one of our fixtures live for just £10 each.

Watch Live

Given the recent government lockdown, commentary this weekend will be provided by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire rather than BBC Radio York.

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