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Cambridge United 3-1 Southport

Cambridge won to strengthen their position in the play-off places and worsen Southport's relegation fears.

Jason Walker had the Conference Premier strugglers in front, heading in Steven Boothman's cross.

But the U's replied from the spot when Toto Nsiala brought down Luke Berry, who converted from 12 yards.

And Richard Money's side went ahead as Luke Chadwick finished from an Andy Pugh pass, with the latter completing the scoring with a superb finish.

With league leaders Luton Town beating Aldershot, the U's remain 13 points adrift of automatic promotion, but are 10 points above the play-off cut-off point.

The Shots' defeat and a loss for Hereford means Southport are still four points above the relegation zone.

Cambridge United boss Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

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Post-match: Cambridge boss Money

"Well it was a win and as I said on a number of occasions, when you don't play particularly well it's important that you win and thankfully we've done that.

"We came out at the start of the first half thinking that we were still on the pitch from Tuesday night and forgot that we've got to earn the right to play. But we do show a good resilience and an ability to get back into it.

"Sometimes you need people to force you to play it in behind and force you to play forward and those two (Pugh and Ashley Chambers) came on and played with some real urgency. They were a real threat and a real problem for Southport."

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 13Norris
  • 4Coulson
  • 5Bonner
  • 2Roberts
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Donaldson
  • 22Chadwick
  • 18BerrySubstituted forL Hughesat 61'minutes
  • 8Champion
  • 39Barnes-HomerSubstituted forChambersat 61'minutes
  • 19Sam-YorkeBooked at 41minsSubstituted forPughat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 24Arnold
  • 14Tait
  • 23Chambers
  • 17L Hughes
  • 15Pugh

Southport

  • 1Hurst
  • 7Nsiala
  • 20Fitzpatrick
  • 23Monthe
  • 12Challoner
  • 6BrownBooked at 76mins
  • 10Ledsham
  • 27O'Sullivan
  • 24BoothmanBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOsaweat 62'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 9Walker
  • 15HattersleySubstituted forMukendiat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 29Dillon
  • 8Mukendi
  • 28Daly
  • 14Rutherford
  • 21Osawe
Referee:
Daniel Cook
Attendance:
2,717

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 3, Southport 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 3, Southport 1.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt blocked. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Vinny Mukendi (Southport) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Corner, Southport.
Attempt saved. Jason Walker (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.
Attempt blocked. Jason Walker (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Osayamen Osawe (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).
Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).
Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).
Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Hand ball by David Fitzpatrick (Southport).
Corner, Southport.
Corner, Southport.
Attempt missed. Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Southport) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Scott Brown (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).
Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).
Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Southport.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Attempt saved. Jason Walker (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 3, Southport 1. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Taylor.
Attempt missed. Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Andy Pugh (Cambridge United).
Matthew Challoner (Southport) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Vinny Mukendi replaces Danny Hattersley.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Osayamen Osawe replaces Steven Boothman.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Liam Hughes replaces Luke Berry.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Ashley Chambers replaces Matthew Barnes-Homer.
Corner, Southport.
Attempt missed. Steven Boothman (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United).
Aristote Nsiala (Southport) wins a free kick.
Foul by Jason Walker (Southport).
Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Southport 1. Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Hand ball by Steven Boothman (Southport).
Foul by Tom Bonner (Cambridge United).
Aristote Nsiala (Southport) wins a free kick.
Corner, Cambridge United.
Foul by John O'Sullivan (Southport).
Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Andy Pugh replaces Delano Sam-Yorke because of an injury.

Second Half

Second Half begins Cambridge United 1, Southport 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Southport 1.
Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).
Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

Booking

Steven Boothman (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Steven Boothman (Southport).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Luton41261146189
2Cambridge40211363576
3Grimsby39209101969
4Gateshead411911111768
5Halifax411910122267
6Alfreton4121614166
7Braintree40198131765
8Barnet41181013864
9Nuneaton42171114-462
10Kidderminster4017914160
11Woking4018616-260
12Salisbury4117915-860
13Forest Green40177161558
14Welling41151214457
15Lincoln City42141315-255
16Macclesfield4016618154
17Wrexham4215918-254
18Chester42111318-2146
19Southport4112920-2045
20Hereford41101219-2042
21Aldershot41131216341
22Dartford4111822-2141
23Tamworth418924-3433
24Hyde United411733-7010
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