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10 August 2019 Venue Abbey Stadium Attendance

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MATCH REPORT | CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0 NEWPORT COUNTY AFC 0

10 August 2019

Cambridge United remain unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two following a second consecutive clean sheet and 0-0 draw against Newport County at the Abbey Stadium.

George Maris replaced the suspended Liam O’Neil in central midfield, with Sam Smith the U’s only other change in place of Andrew Dallas from the opening fixture at Bradford City.

Jabo Ibehre stabbed the first opening of the game wide on 14 minutes, when Luke Hannant’s set piece delivery swirled in the strong wind and bounced off Paul Lewis, which was awkward for the U’s striker to divert on target eight yards out.

The chance brought United to life for a spell though and they quickly carved out another opportunity as the rain began to drive down at the Abbey. Kyle Knoyle’s cross from the right caused Newport issues in their own area but Sam Smith was unable to generate enough power with his header to trouble Tom King.

Hannant showed a sharp turn of pace to dart inside midway through the half and work room for a shot from just outside the area, which deflected off a defender and had King scrambling across his goal line, only for the ball to dribble wide.

A clearance by George Maris shortly before the half an hour mark fell perfectly for Joss Labadie to hit a volley on the swivel for the visitors, which Mitov hurled to his left to protect his bottom corner, as the shot fizzed wide of the target anyway.

The biggest disappointment of the U’s first half came three minutes before the break when Kyle Knoyle took an awkward tumble from an innocuous challenge, in which the right back was up-ended and forced to leave the field with a shoulder injury.

The U’s found some early joy down the left side of the pitch in the second half, with Dan Jones twice forcing Tom King to produce smart saves to intercept a pair of deliveries that had caught the attention of Jabo Ibehre and Sam Smith.

Luke Hannant forced the Exiles shotstopper into a save ten minutes into the half, with a firmly struck wind-assisted attempt which King palmed wildly away with both hands.

The U’s introduced Marc Richards and Andrew Dallas on 70 minutes with the early offensive momentum of the second half having slightly faded.

Padraig Amond remained a danger for United to keep tabs on, but the striker couldn’t direct a volley from close range on target when Newport substitute Tristan Abrahams had got the better of Greg Taylor and picked out the Exiles forward.

It was Hannant who looked the likeliest to register a winner for the U’s as the game approached its conclusion, but the midfielder dragged his and United’s final chance beyond King’s right post with a bobbling effort from outside the area.

Dimitar Mitov displayed excellent concentration minutes before the end of the game, to thwart former U Robbie Willmott whose powerful flash shot at goal wasn’t enough to beat the Bulgarian, as the game finished goalless.

Cambridge United: Mitov, Knoyle (Davies, 42 mins), Taft, Taylor, Jones, Lambe, Lewis, Maris, Hannant, Ibehre (Richards, 70 mins), Smith (Dallas, 70 mins)

Bookings: Lewis

Newport County A.F.C: King, Haynes, Labadie, Howkins, Willmott, Dolan (Abrahams, 60 mins), Amond (Bennett, 74 mins), Sheehan, Matt, Demetriou, McNamara

Bookings: McNamara

Attendance: 3,949 (224)

Man of the Match: Dan Jones

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THE HOME RETURN – THE U’S NEED YOU TOMORROW!

ONE DAY TO GO - NEWPORT COUNTY

9 August 2019

Newport County are the first visitors to the Abbey this 2019/20 season TOMORROW, and Cambridge United need your support Amber Army!

Following last weekend’s gutsy display against League Two favourites Bradford City to put the first point on the board, United kick off their home campaign at the Abbey against the Exiles on Saturday (K.O. 3:00pm) aiming to pick up the opening win.

Tickets are on sale now online at cufcdirect.com, in-store or by calling 01223 566 500. Tickets purchased before match day will be £2 cheaper, with match day prices (after £2 increase) as follows:

NRE/North Habbin

Adult -£18
Concession - £14
Under 18 - £10
Junior U - £7

Main Stand  - Family Blocks A & G

Adult - £20
Concession - £15
Under 18 - £10
Junior U - £7

Main Stand – Block B, F, E, A, C 1 & 2

Adult - £22
Concession - £17
Under 18 - £12
Junior U - £7

Main Stand Block C & D

Adult - £24
Concession - £20
Under 18 - £20​

To buy your tickets head online to cufcdirect.com, call 01223 566 500 or head in-store.

SEASON TICKETS

Saturday’s fixture also marks the final point at which U’s fans can gain full value from a 2019/20 season ticket. By securing before the weekend’s opening home fixture, supporters will make a full saving on the sum of match tickets across the course of the season.

The club’s ticket office are expecting congested spells at the end of the week and around match day, so supporters are advised to sign up to the Next Chapter at the earliest possible opportunity.

Full information on 2019/20 season tickets can be found here, or to sign up for 2019/20 now please click here or call 01223 566 500.

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