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Match Preview: Accy vs U's

13 August 2021

United travel to Accrington Stanley for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 14th August in the second Sky Bet League One fixture of the season…

Form

With a 1-1 draw against Oxford last weekend to get the U’s season up and running, Mark Bonner’s team will look to secure a further three points with a win over Accrington Stanley this Saturday.

During midweek, United progressed to Round Two of the Carabao Cup following a penalty shoot-out victory over Swindon Town after a goalless 90 minutes at the Abbey Stadium.

In Accrington’s opening league fixture, Wycombe’s Gareth Mcleary scored a brace inside the first 15 minutes to give John Coleman’s side the worst possible start to the season. Accrington rallied, with 62% possession and an 89th minute goal, but time ran out as they suffered a 2-1 defeat.

It was a different story on Tuesday night as Stanley’s leading marksmen, Dion Charles and Colby Bishop scored at Rotherham to seal a 2-1 win in the Carabao Cup.

Charles opened the scoring in the first half, and despite a 76th minute equaliser for the hosts, Bishop found the net with just a few minutes to go to set-up a tie with Oldham in Round Two.

Memory Lane

The two teams haven’t faced off against each other for over three years, when a 1-0 win to Stanley was the final result.

The overall record between the two teams doesn’t read well for U’s, with four wins for Accrington, three draws and just one win for United across eight games.

That lone win was one of the more memorable ones in recent years, as two injury time red cards and penalty saves from Will Norris meat United hung on for a 2-1 win.

Tomorrow’s game will be the first time the two sides will meet in League One, with each of the previous meetings taking place in League Two.

Quick Quotes:

Mark Bonner on the challenge of facing Accrington:

"They have got some real size, power and a terrific front two. They will make you defend; they are an aggressive team and they can play. They can play but they will make you defend. It will be their first home games in-front of fans so you know the extra energy and buzz that brings and history shows, Accrington away is a tough game for anybody."

John Coleman on aiming to get a positive result:

“You don’t want to go too long without getting any points on the board but there are no easy games in football. Cambridge had a good result on Saturday and they will be looking to build on their positive start to the season. We have to try and get up and running and hopefully our fans will help us on.”

The Officials

Benjamin Speedie, who was last put in charge of the Round One Carabao Cup tie between Coventry City and Northampton Town, has been appointed as Referee for Saturday’s game. Joe Simpson and Simon Clayton will be his Assistants and Paul Graham is Fourth Official.

Tickets and Travel

Tickets are available from the Wham Stadium via the kiosk situated at the Coppice End of the ground at the following prices:

  • Adults - £20
  • Concessions - £15
  • Under-18s - £10
  • Under-12s - £5

There is only parking available for pre-paid disability parking spaces but if you haven't yet organised your travel, online bookings for the CFU Away Coach are still being taken for £30 per person.

If you can't make the match, listen to live commentary courtesy of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with an iFollow Audio Pass.

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

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