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Cambridge United 2-0 Salisbury City

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:

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Post-match: Cambridge boss Money

"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:

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Post-match: Salisbury boss Harris

"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."

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 1MaxwellBooked at 41mins
  • 6Miller
  • 4Coulson
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Tait
  • 22SpillaneSubstituted forBerryat 46'minutes
  • 11Dunk
  • 8Champion
  • 24Arnold
  • 10ElliottSubstituted forAppiahat 41'minutes
  • 9CunningtonSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 72'minutes

Substitutes

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

Salisbury

  • 1Puddy
  • 6Wilson
  • 5J ClarkeSubstituted forMacDonaldat 80'minutes
  • 16Dutton
  • 11FrearSubstituted forKamdjoat 65'minutes
  • 7McPhee
  • 8WellardBooked at 68mins
  • 14Sinclair
  • 20Fitchett
  • 15Wright
  • 10LewisSubstituted forFeeneyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 25Bittner
  • 4Brett
  • 23MacDonald
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 17Feeney
Referee:
Amy Fearn
Attendance:
3,622

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamSalisbury
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Salisbury City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Salisbury City 0.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).
Angus MacDonald (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.
Foul by Warren Feeney (Salisbury City).
Chris Maxwell (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Dan Fitchett (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Attempt missed. Ben Wright (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).
Warren Feeney (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.
Foul by Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United).
Chris McPhee (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Salisbury City. Angus MacDonald replaces James Clarke.
Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).
Glenn Wilson (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.
Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).
Glenn Wilson (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Ricky Wellard (Salisbury City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).
Warren Feeney (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Salisbury City. Warren Feeney replaces Theo Lewis.
Attempt missed. Dan Fitchett (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Adam Cunnington.
Foul by Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).
Stuart Sinclair (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

Booking

Ricky Wellard (Salisbury City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ricky Wellard (Salisbury City).
Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Clovis Kamdjo (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by Ben Wright (Salisbury City).
Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Salisbury City. Clovis Kamdjo replaces Elliott Frear.
Offside, Cambridge United. Adam Cunnington tries a through ball, but Adam Cunnington is caught offside.
Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Salisbury City).
Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Offside, Cambridge United. Adam Cunnington tries a through ball, but Adam Cunnington is caught offside.
Foul by James Clarke (Salisbury City).
Adam Cunnington (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Theo Lewis (Salisbury City).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Cambridge1611501938
2Kidderminster1610241132
3Luton168621430
4Braintree16844928
5Grimsby16835727
6Salisbury16835327
7Nuneaton16754026
8Barnet16673725
9Welling16745425
10Gateshead16817425
11Halifax16745325
12Alfreton16817-125
13Lincoln City16646122
14Wrexham16547-219
15Macclesfield16547-219
16Forest Green16538018
17Southport16538-618
18Dartford16538-918
19Hereford16457-317
20Tamworth16448-916
21Woking16358-914
22Chester FC16349-1313
23Aldershot16646212
24Hyde United160214-302
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