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18 September 2015

Victoria Park, Kick off 3pm

The U’s are set to play their first fixture back on the road following three successive home fixtures, with a Sky Bet League Two clash against Hartlepool United awaiting Richard Money’s men this weekend.

United will be looking to return to winning ways on Saturday and have the perfect foundation from which to do so, following a valuable 1-1 draw against League leaders Leyton Orient last weekend at the Abbey Stadium.

The U’s are likely to be without striker Barry Corr for the match however, who along with Ryan Donaldson is amongst those side lined through injury. The U’s will be boosted by the return of Harrison Dunk who missed last weekend’s match against the O’s through suspension, having been dubiously dismissed two weeks ago against Luton Town.

Meanwhile, Jordan Chiedozie has returned from his loan spell with National League side Braintree Town, and could also feature for the U’s.

The hosts Hartlepool will be looking for their first win in six games, with Stevenage, Carlisle, Wycombe and Exeter all getting the better of Ronnie Moore’s side in Football League action in recent weeks.

Despite the recent run of form, the Monkey Hangers still sit in 14th position having started the campaign with four straight wins in all competitions, and the U’s will be hoping to avoid the 2-1 defeat that they fell to back in March in the corresponding fixture last season.

Goals from Donaldson and Dunk did see the U’s topple tomorrow’s opponents by the same score line earlier in the 2014/15 campaign, whilst the overall head to head record between the sides is also in Cambridge’s favour, with 18 wins compared to Hartlepool’s seven.

United Manager Richard Money says another long journey will not deter the U’s ahead of the fixture, commenting: “The long trips I don’t think fazes people too much anymore. 

“You have to get your head over the distance that we have to travel, we have a nice coach, stay in good places and will prepare in the best way we can. 

“It looks as though we will have a number of long journeys during the early stages of the season and you can certainly look on that as a positive as long as we pick up the right number of points. 

“All the games are tough wherever they are and obviously the North East is a particularly tough place to go.”

Tickets for the match will be available to buy on the gate at Victoria Park, whilst the last remaining places on the club’s official away coach travel can be booked by clicking here.

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