Conference Premier leaders Cambridge saw off Salisbury with a second-half double from substitute Kwesi Appiah.

The home side were stifled in midfield in the opening half and Brian Dutton almost headed Salisbury in front.

But the visitors failed to deal with a long ball soon after the interval and Appiah rolled the ball over the line.

The on-loan striker added his fifth in nine games since arriving from Crystal Palace by curling home from Arnold's pass in a slick counter-attack.

The victory extended Cambridge's unbeaten start to the season to 16 games, and maintained their six-point advantage at the top.

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Cambridge United manager Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"Because of where we are, people are going to come and try and test us in different ways. Are they going to come and sit and frustrate, or are they going to come and have a go? In fairness, they came and had a go.

"People know that most of the time we want to play 4-4-2 with a lot a movement, but sometimes you've got to change it.

"The first job for any coach or manager is to determine whether the opposition's shape is causing you a problem. In the first half, it was.

"We are juggling a bit at the moment, trying to get minutes in to people who are coming back."

Salisbury City manager Mikey Harris told BBC Wiltshire:

"Obviously I'm disappointed. In the first half we gave ourselves a platform to win the game. We knew the threat from them was going to be a ball flicked on, and we didn't deal with it.

"That was the turning point and again we switched off from our own set piece and they hit us on the counter attack.

"It wasn't to be today and we've only got ourselves to blame."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Cambridge United

  • 01 Maxwell Booked
  • 06 Miller
  • 04 Coulson
  • 03 Taylor
  • 14 Tait
  • 22 Spillane (Berry - 46' )
  • 11 Dunk
  • 08 Champion
  • 24 Arnold
  • 10 Elliott (Appiah - 41' )
  • 09 Cunnington (Sam-Yorke - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Norris
  • 18 Berry
  • 19 Sam-Yorke
  • 21 Appiah
  • 17 Hughes

Salisbury City

  • 01 Puddy
  • 06 Wilson
  • 05 Clarke (MacDonald - 80' )
  • 16 Dutton
  • 11 Frear (Kamdjo - 65' )
  • 07 McPhee
  • 08 Wellard Booked
  • 14 Sinclair
  • 20 Fitchett
  • 15 Wright
  • 10 Lewis (Feeney - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Bittner
  • 04 Brett
  • 23 MacDonald
  • 12 Kamdjo
  • 17 Feeney
Ref: Amy Fearn
Att: 3,622

Match Stats

Shots

4 8

On target

3 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Salisbury City 0.

90:00 +3:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Salisbury City 0.

90:00 +2:14

Corner, Cambridge United.

90:00 +0:37

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

90:00 +0:37

Angus MacDonald (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

89:35

Foul by Warren Feeney (Salisbury City).

89:35

Chris Maxwell (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

84:45

Attempt saved. Dan Fitchett (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

83:40

Attempt missed. Ben Wright (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

82:53

Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).

82:53

Warren Feeney (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

80:28

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

80:28

Chris McPhee (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

79:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Salisbury City. Angus MacDonald replaces James Clarke.

79:37

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

79:37

Glenn Wilson (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

77:09

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

77:09

Glenn Wilson (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

76:21

Attempt missed. Ricky Wellard (Salisbury City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

74:46

Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).

74:46

Warren Feeney (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

73:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Salisbury City. Warren Feeney replaces Theo Lewis.

73:37

Attempt missed. Dan Fitchett (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

71:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Adam Cunnington.

71:36

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).

71:36

Stuart Sinclair (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

67:16 Booking

Booking Ricky Wellard (Salisbury City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:07

Foul by Ricky Wellard (Salisbury City).

67:07

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

65:56

Attempt saved. Clovis Kamdjo (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

65:20

Foul by Ben Wright (Salisbury City).

65:20

Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

64:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Salisbury City. Clovis Kamdjo replaces Elliott Frear.

63:15

Offside, Cambridge United. Adam Cunnington tries a through ball, but Adam Cunnington is caught offside.

62:21

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Salisbury City).

62:21

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

61:44

Offside, Cambridge United. Adam Cunnington tries a through ball, but Adam Cunnington is caught offside.

61:06

Foul by James Clarke (Salisbury City).

61:06

Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

60:23

Foul by Theo Lewis (Salisbury City).

60:23

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

57:20

Attempt saved. Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

55:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 2, Salisbury City 0. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

54:57

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

54:57

Stuart Sinclair (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

48:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 1, Salisbury City 0. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

46:20

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).

46:20

Stuart Sinclair (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

46:08

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

46:08

James Clarke (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Luke Berry replaces Michael Spillane.

45:00

Second Half begins Cambridge United 0, Salisbury City 0.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cambridge United 0, Salisbury City 0.

45:00 +1:22

Offside, Cambridge United. Kwesi Appiah tries a through ball, but Kwesi Appiah is caught offside.

42:22

Corner, Cambridge United.

40:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Kwesi Appiah replaces Tom Elliott.

40:30 Booking

Booking Chris Maxwell (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

39:00

Corner, Salisbury City.

35:55

Corner, Salisbury City.

35:08

Offside, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold tries a through ball, but Nathan Arnold is caught offside.

28:36

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

28:36

Theo Lewis (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

27:52

Offside, Cambridge United. Harrison Dunk tries a through ball, but Harrison Dunk is caught offside.

25:09

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

25:09

Chris McPhee (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

21:32

Foul by Chris McPhee (Salisbury City).

21:32

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

19:00

Offside, Cambridge United. Tom Elliott tries a through ball, but Tom Elliott is caught offside.

18:32

Attempt missed. Brian Dutton (Salisbury City) header from the left side of the box misses to the right.

17:49

Foul by Michael Spillane (Cambridge United).

17:49

Ben Wright (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

16:12

Attempt saved. Dan Fitchett (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

14:45

Foul by Ricky Wellard (Salisbury City).

14:45

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

6:48

Attempt blocked. Ricky Wellard (Salisbury City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

4:36

Foul by Brian Dutton (Salisbury City).

4:36

Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

3:01

Attempt missed. Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

1:51

Corner, Cambridge United.

0:36

Corner, Cambridge United.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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