Luke Berry's sixth goal of the season helped send Cambridge United seven points clear at the top of the table with victory over struggling Aldershot.

Berry nodded the U's ahead from a corner in the last few seconds of first-half injury time.

Kwesi Appiah then latched onto Berry's shot off the post in the second half to double the advantage.

Adam Cunnington slotted a third before Nathan Arnold made it 4-0 after some slick work inside the box.

The Shots, second from bottom and 28 points behind the U's in the Conference Premier, had coped well in the first half.

Liam Hughes tested Shots goalkeeper Jonathan Henly inside three minute before Jordan Roberts and Brett Williams both forced U's keeper Chris Maxwell into action.

After Berry's opener, however, Aldershot rarely threatened further as the hosts bounced back from their first defeat of the campaign against Southport with their ninth successive win at the Abbey Stadium.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cambridge United manager Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

Post-match: Cambridge boss Money

"I thought it was a very good performance from star to finish. In all aspects.

"We put them in a lot of trouble for most of the evening.

"We talked up being a bit more purposeful, running in behind a little bit more than we had done in recent games.

"I thought our decision making on when and where to pass, when to play, was very good tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Cambridge United

  • 01 Maxwell
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Coulson
  • 06 Miller
  • 14 Tait
  • 11 Dunk
  • 08 Champion
  • 18 Berry (Roberts - 68' )
  • 21 Appiah (Arnold - 66' )
  • 09 Cunnington (Sam-Yorke - 73' )
  • 17 Hughes

Substitutes

  • 13 Norris
  • 16 Austin
  • 24 Arnold
  • 19 Sam-Yorke
  • 02 Roberts

Aldershot Town

  • 27 Henly
  • 06 Webster
  • 28 Butler
  • 15 Barker
  • 05 Goodman
  • 14 Roberts (Gibbs - 77' )
  • 08 Rowlands (Young - 57' )
  • 12 Oyeleke
  • 07 Mekki (Paterson - 77' )
  • 04 Stanley
  • 09 Williams

Substitutes

  • 21 Williams
  • 22 Gibbs
  • 20 Douglas
  • 24 Young
  • 10 Paterson
Ref: Peter Banks
Att: 3,110

Match Stats

Shots

16 6

On target

9 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cambridge United 4, Aldershot Town 0.

90:00 +2:58 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cambridge United 4, Aldershot Town 0.

90:00 +2:41

Attempt blocked. Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:22

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

89:52

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

85:49

Attempt missed. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harrison Dunk with a cross.

82:56

Offside, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke tries a through ball, but Delano Sam-Yorke is caught offside.

81:05

Attempt missed. Brett Williams (Aldershot Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Young.

80:53

Corner, Aldershot Town.

79:33

Attempt missed. Matthew Paterson (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

76:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aldershot Town. Jaydon Gibbs replaces Jordan Roberts.

76:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aldershot Town. Matthew Paterson replaces Adam Mekki.

75:33

Corner, Aldershot Town.

75:14

Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

74:31

Foul by Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United).

74:31

Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

72:49 Substitution

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

70:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 4, Aldershot Town 0. Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).

68:45

Foul by Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town).

68:45

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

67:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Kevin Roberts replaces Luke Berry.

65:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold replaces Kwesi Appiah.

62:18

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

61:51

Attempt saved. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

61:20

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

61:02

Attempt blocked. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:56

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

57:56

Adam Webster (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

56:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aldershot Town. Lewis Young replaces Martin Rowlands.

55:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 3, Aldershot Town 0. Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

54:29

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

52:23

Foul by Craig Stanley (Aldershot Town).

52:23

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

50:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 2, Aldershot Town 0. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).

50:30

Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

50:14

Corner, Cambridge United.

49:52

Attempt saved. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

48:24

Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

48:24

Adam Mekki (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

46:47

Foul by Emmanuel Oyeleke (Aldershot Town).

46:47

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Cambridge United 1, Aldershot Town 0.

45:00 +3:33 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Aldershot Town 0.

45:00 +2:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 1, Aldershot Town 0. Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

45:00 +2:12

Corner, Cambridge United.

45:00 +1:48

Attempt saved. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

41:58

Corner, Aldershot Town.

39:44

Attempt missed. Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

35:09

Foul by Brett Williams (Aldershot Town).

35:09

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

34:31

Foul by Brett Williams (Aldershot Town).

34:31

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

33:29

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

32:44

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town).

32:44

Richard Tait (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

31:37

Corner, Cambridge United.

30:39

Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

30:39

Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

30:08

Corner, Cambridge United.

28:09

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

28:09

Jake Goodman (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

27:46

Corner, Cambridge United.

25:53

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town).

25:53

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

25:35

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

23:18

Corner, Aldershot Town.

22:57

Attempt saved. Brett Williams (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

21:19

Corner, Cambridge United.

19:20

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United).

19:20

Craig Stanley (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

15:03

Foul by Dan Butler (Aldershot Town).

15:03

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

14:38

Foul by Emmanuel Oyeleke (Aldershot Town).

14:38

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

12:13

Attempt blocked. Brett Williams (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

11:53

Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

9:15

Attempt missed. Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

6:36

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town).

6:36

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

3:40

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

3:15

Attempt saved. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Harrison Dunk.

2:48

Corner, Cambridge United.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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