Preview tonight’s match against AFC Wimbledon
Cambridge United take on AFC Wimbledon tonight at Kingsmeadow, 7,45pm kick off.
Playing in their third and final fixture on the road before returning to the Abbey Stadium on Saturday against Crawley Town, the U’s will be looking for their first away win of the season.
Richard Money’s men achieved their first point of the 2015/16 campaign in a dramatic clash against Carlisle United at Brunton Park four days ago, in which the U’s drew 4-4 with their Cumbrian opponents.
Seven goals scored, an opening day win and four points from the first two Football League fixtures of the season are more than promising signs for United, who will look to kick on once more at Kingsmeadow this evening.
Meanwhile AFC Wimbledon produced a superb second half come back in the weekend just gone, with goals from the imperious Bayo Akinfenwa and Andy Barchum clinching a 2-1 win at Crawley Town to secure their first points of the season.
Unlike the U’s who won comfortably on the opening day of the campaign against Newport County, the Dons were toppled by Plymouth on home soil and an early cup exit last Tuesday at the hands of Cardiff City may have dampened the pre-season spirits of the London club.
However, Neal Ardley’s side will go toe-to-toe with United this evening desperate to make it two consecutive wins and their first at Kingsmeadow for 2015/16.
The sides played out a goalless draw at the Abbey Stadium the last time they met in competitive action in February this year, whilst the reverse fixture nine months ago saw Richard Money’s men take the spoils in a 2-1 win, thanks to a second half goal from Liam Hughes.
Looking ahead to the match, Cambridge United’s Manager said: “Every game is obviously different but we’ll analyse what we think Wimbledon are about although we have a good idea already, and approach the game in a way where we think we can win.
“I wouldn’t expect the game to pan the same as it did on Saturday, but as is the name of the game and what the result depends on, we will set out to score more goals than the opposition. It is far easier to get a result with a clean sheet though.”
He added: “We knew that playing Carlisle away on the first Saturday of the season after the Capital One Cup and the opening game against Newport was going to be tough, but we have come through it well.
“Now we have two games this week and we need to come through them relatively unscathed.
“If we can do that, next week will give us a chance to regroup with no midweek game and then get some more work into those players that need it.”
Meanwhile, U's youngster Jordan Chiedozie has moved out on a one month loan deal to National League side Braintree Town.
The 21-year old made his Football League and club debut last season on his way to six appearances, having signed for the U's at the beginning of the 2014/15 season from Concord Rangers.
Much like team mate Danny Burns, who switched on a loan deal to Cambridge City two weeks ago, Chiedozie moves with an aim of gaining valuable game time at a good level to progress his long-term development.
Tickets will be available on the gate at Kingsmeadow for U's supporters that wish to walk up to the game this evening. Meanwhile tickets for Saturday’s home clash against Crawley Town are available online now, by clicking here.