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12:04 22nd April 2012
By  Webteam

Cambridge United 2-0 Fleetwood Town

Goals from Jack Eades and Rory McAuley helped Cambridge United win their last home match of the season, as the U's condemned champions Fleetwood Town to their first defeat in 30 league games.
 
The U's were handed a boost prior to kick off, with teenage right-back Jonathon Thorpe being fit enough to start despite picking up a shin injury in Tuesday night's defeat to York City. This meant the only change saw Jack Eades come into the starting line-up in place of Harry Pell, who returned to parent club Hereford this week.

Danny Naisbitt had to be alert early on to foil Andy Mangan with a low save, but after that United went on to dominate the half, and after a spell of pressure took the lead in the 19th minute.

A Rossi Jarvis corner found it's way to Eades, and though his first attempted shot was blocked, the winger turned and fired in a curling effort which had crossed the line before Jamie Vardy headed it away. Rory McAuley was on hand to bury the rebound, but the linesman on the Habbin side had already signaled for a goal.

McAuley didn't have long to wait to get his name on the score-sheet as United doubled their advantage in the 31st minute. Again Jarvis delivered the cross, which got a flick at the near post, and defender McAuley was on hand to convert from eight yards.

United could have extended their lead before the break, but Tom Shaw, Luke Berry, James Jennings and Jarvis all saw shots beaten away by Cod Army keeper Scott Davies.

The visitors weren't helped by a nasty looking injury to midfielder Jamie McGuire, who had to be stretchered off in the first half. But they came out after the break looking to get back into the match, but Vardy and Gareth Seddon both failed to make the most of good opportunities, and by the end United had resumed their domination.

Liam Hughes, who was excellent on the right flank, almost made it 3-0 with a low shot that Davies blocked, before producing a clever turn which took him away from two defenders but seeing his powerful drive parried away by the keeper.

But 2-0 it finished, and the U's were able to end the season at the R Costings Abbey Stadium on a happy note.

Eades, McAuley and Hughes are likely to feature when a home-grown United side takes on West Ham United under-23s on Tuesday, 7pm.

Man of the Match: Rory McAuley - Superb defending to keep Vardy et al quiet.

FULL TIME: Cambridge United 2-0 Fleetwood Town

16.57: That's full-time, a well deserved win for the U's over the Blue Square Bet Premier Champions, and it's lovely to hear Coconuts one last time before we head into the summer break, hurrah.

16.53: Four minutes to be added on, as Crowther makes space in the box but McAuley dives in to block his shot. Fleetwood will have a corner though, Milligan takes, Vardy collects, controls, but McAuley blocks the ball away for another corner. Another set-piece, which United survive thanks to some frantic defending.

16.50: Naisbitt races out and miscues a clearance straight to Mangan, but his first time attempted shot is poor and spins wide of the goal.

16.48: Ball in from Beeley, Vardy finds space but mistimes his header which flies over.

16.47: Yellow card. Five minutes to go. Difficult to read too much into United's performance, which has been good, but worth bearing in mind that Fleetwood had nothing to play for when they came here at the end of last season and we still lost, so definitely some progress there. Jordan Patrick is going in the book now for chopping down Crowther.

16.42: Lovely turn from Hughes, who shimmies away from two defenders and gets a shot away which Davies does well to tip round his near post. Jennings' corner isn't great, but United retrieve the ball, Shaw gets it in to Gash, and it rebounds to Patrick whose shot is blocked away for another corner. It'll be Jennings again but that's too close to Davies, who claims.

16.39: In comes the corner, it gets a flick from Hughes and runs to Berry, but his shot is blocked. Play has switched to the other end, and Fleetwood have a corner of their own as McAuley chests behind, Flag kick is headed away as far as Goodall, who offloads to Mangan, but Naisbitt easily collects his cross.

16.38: Gashington is fit to return, avec fetching pink head-band. He and McAuley have shared that this season. United have a corner now, won by Hughes off the shins of Goodall.

16.36: Fleetwood making their final change, Danny Rowe on in place of Seddon. Play has stopped as Michael Gash is receiving treatment, and to my left BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's equipment is also undergoing emergency repairs.

16.34: Good football from United, Berry stealing the ball 30 yards out and finding Shaw. Although his route to goal is blocked the ball runs to Hughes, but Davies makes a good save with his body and Liam tries to guide the ball past him. Corner to United, but the delivery is low and blocked away.

16.29: Jack Eades is going off now, a good hardworking performance from him and a first senior goal. Jordan Patrick is on in his place.

16.27: Yellow card. Another brace of corners for Fleetwood, but United weather them quite well, the Fleetwood players are getting very frustrated with the ref, presumably because United are taking every opportunity to slow things down. The complaining of McNulty, Beeley et al seems to have worked, as Berry is going in the book for kicking the ball away.

16.26: Shaw and Hughes work the ball on to Berry on the edge of the box, but good defending from Charnock stops him in his tracks as he tries to spin away. That's better from the U's, who need to try and get a spell of possession under their belts.

16.24: Eades attempted clearance is charged down by Vardy, who advances into the box before Hudson slides in to put it behind. Mangan is going mental for some reason, feels that was a penalty though none of the other players seemed to appeal. Referee Wrigglesworth has a word with visiting skipper McNulty, presumably telling him to calm his players down. When the corner comes in, it's overcooked by Milligan and out on the far side for a U's throw.

16.22: Vardy works it wide to Mangan, who steps inside and feeds Seddon with the cross, but that's easy for Naisbitt. Fleetwood certainly more focused this half.

16.17: Corner comes in, Charnock appeals for a penalty as he goes down under challenge, referee isn't interested. The ball runs to Goodall but his shot is blocked away by a combination of Naisbitt and two defenders.

16.16: Corner to Fleetwood now, curled in dangerously by Milligan, McNulty wins the initial header but Jarvis hooks the ball away. However the Champions will have another corner now as Thorpe blocks Milligan's cross.
 
16.14: Milligan with a good ball into the back post, it's over Hudson but fortunately also over Seddon and too  long for the stretching Crowther.

16.13: Second change for Fleetwood, Ryan Crowther preparing to join the action in place of Peter Till, who has made little impression on this game.

16.10: Yellow card. Hughes gets a bang on the shin from Mangan, that'll be a booking for Mangan. Jarvis with the free kick into the back post, but McAuley can only head over.

16.08: Second half is underway.

16.06: Fleetwood players have been out for about five minutes, here come the U's. Today's attendance is 2,555 (away 189).

HALF TIME: Cambridge United 2-0 Fleetwood Town

15.51: That's half-time, United in front and should've really had more goals, Davies by far the busier of the two keepers. Obviously it's difficult to assess how hard Fleetwood are trying, but regardless the U's have been impressive.

15.49: We're into five mins of stoppage time and Jarvis sees a low shot parried away by Davies. United have a free kick now as Hughes is fouled, in it comes from Jennings but it's headed up in the air by a defender and Eades can't retrieve.

15.48: The visitors have changed shape to 3-4-3, meaning Vardy is more central. And here's his first chance to run at the U's defence, he goes directly into the box where he appears to be tripped by Jennings. No penalty says the ref, if it wasn't then Vardy should be in the book for diving.

15.47: Dangerous cross from Beeley it's headed up in the air by Hudson and McAuley thumps the ball clear.

15.44: Gash, who has been dominant in the air today, wins a header against Charnock. Berry steps over and leaves his knock-down for Shaw, who shoots just over the bar. United well in command here.

15.38: Good enterprise from Jennings finds Berry in the box, but a defender puts the ball behind. JJ's corner is towards Hudson, but it's headed behind again, this time by Till. United keep the presure up from the resulting corner, and Jennings plays the ball to Hughes, but unfortunately a flick from Berry takes the cross away from Jarvis.

15.33: United full of confidence now, Berry curled a shot wide a moment ago, and just now robbed Beeley and tried to beat Davies, who got everything behind his shot from just inside the box and saved.

15.30: GOAL CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2-0 FLEETWOOD. Throw on to the U's, taken to Eades, who flicks it on to Berry, but his shot is blocked away for a corner. In it comes, it gets a flick at the near post and Rory McAuley sweeps the ball in at the back stick! United double their lead.

15.29: Jarvis and Berry work the ball into the box, a defender tries to block Shaw and Gash but Shaw comes away with the ball and sees his poked shot blocked by the body for Davies, that could've been 2-0. Here come United, Eades gets Jennings away, he goes into the box, but Davies rushes out and blocks.

15.28: Mangan is Fleetwood's biggest attacking threat at present, always seems to play well against us. Here comes the portly Fowler for the visitors, finding Seddon but his cross is blocked by the stretching Jennings. This match is a bit pre-season-ish.

15.21: Fleetwood try and come back immediately, winning a free kick as Vardy is pulled back by Jennings. Ball in flicks off Hudson and Naisbitt is able to make an easy catch.

15.18: GOAL CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1-0 FLEETWOOD TOWN. Lovely stuff, United in front through Jack Eades. A Jarvis corner eventually finds its way to Eades, and though his first shot is blocked he recovers and curls a delightful effort into the net. Vardy tried his best to clear but the ball had already crossed the line, and in any case Rory McAuley smashed in the rebound.

15.15: McGuire carried off on a stretcher, that looks nasty for the midfielder. Jamie Milligan is on in his place.

15.10: Vardy blocked off by Berry, that'll be a free kick. That's frustrating because a moment ago Gash got similar treatment in the box from McNulty and the ref did nothing. Free kick taken quickly looking for McGuire, who goes down and stays down. That doesn't look great for the former Kettering striker, a posse of medical staff including U's physio Greg Reid are over their to help him onto a stretcher

15.08: Diagonal pass from Shaw looking for Hughes, and Goodall has to head behind. That'll be a corner on the U's right, Jarvis to take. It's a good delivery and Seddon just does enough to flick the ball away with Gash ready to pounce.

15.05: Shaw dispossessed by Mangan, who makes room for a shot and tries a low curler that Naisbitt parries behind. Corner is poor though, and United clear through Jarvis and break with Shaw. The U's have men over as the back is worked to Eades in an advanced position, but his pass looking for Berry is cut out.

15.04: Lovely pass from Shaw finds Gash wide on the right, he bustles past Charnock who tries to tug him back but fails. Unfortunately Gash's cross can't find Berry and Fleetwood clear.

15.02: Fleetwood pretty much playing 4-2-4, with Till and Vardy wide of Seddon and Mangan. I'm sure Jez George wouldn't mind having one or two of the visitors forwards in his squad. United doing well to press the visitors in the first couple of minutes, Shaw tries to free Hughes but is flattened and the ref pulls the game back for a free kick.

15.00: The U's get us underway, attacking the South Stand.

14.56: I'd estimate there a couple of hundred Fleetwood fans in attendance, poor turn-out given this is their first game since winning the league. Here come the players.

14.46: You may or may not remember that we faced Fleetwood in the last home game, and indeed last game, of last season. Nothing much memorable happened on the pitch, with a second-string Cod Army outfit winning 1-0 thanks to a second half goal from Alex-Ray Harvey.

Cambridge United: Naisbitt, Thorpe, Jennings, McAuley, Hudson, Eades, Hughes, Jarvis, Berry, Shaw, Gash. Subs: Marriott, Patrick, Corker, Brighton, Hurst.

Fleetwood Town: Davies, Beeley, Goodall, McNulty, Charnock, McGuire (Milligan 15), Fowler, Till, Mangan, Vardy, Seddon. Subs: Pond, Milligan, Rowe, Stevenson, Crowther.

14.35: TEAM NEWS. Only one change for United, with Harry Pell having returned to Hereford to help with their battle against relegation from League Two. Jack Eades replaces him, but Jonathon Thorpe is fit to start at right-back meaning Eades can assume his usual station on the right flank.

Adam Marriott is back from Cambridge City and amongst the substitutes, along with Jordan Patrick, whose nose has presumably healed more quickly than expected.

There's no place for ex-U's striker Magno Vieira in the Fleetwood squad, but the Champions boast a formidable side featuring talented midfielder Lee Fowler, signed from Wrexham in January, experienced defender Steve McNulty, and Jamie Vardy, possibly Non-League's most talked about player.

14.30: Good afternoon everyone and welcome to today's match between Cambridge United and Fleetwood Town. With the U's faint play-off hopes having been extinguished when they lost to York City on Tuesday, today is a good chance for Jez George's men to relax and try and pull off a shock result against the newly crowned league champions.
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