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Cambridge Utd 1 Harriers 2


Date: 20-08-11gif Venue: The Abbey Stadiumgif att: 2171gif away fans: 127
Harriers continue their winning form at Cambridge

gifReport by Philip Lench
The Harriers achieved their second win on the road today and jumped up to sixth place in the table with this somewhat fortuitous win at Cambridge Utd.  Two goals from Steve Guinan against the run of play gave us all three points to add in to the three we gained at Lincoln on Tuesday.  It also gave us yet another win at Cambridge and they must now be hating the sight of us.

Steve Burr elected to go with the same names on the team sheet as the two previous games and it's obvious this policy of not changing the side too much in this early part of the season is reaping the rewards.

Following a scrappy start the hosts steadily began to control the game and at one stage they were launching attack after attack on Danny Lewis' goal but thankfully the keeper was on top notch form and kept them at bay.  It still took them twenty minutes to get their first shot in on goal though and that came from the boot of Rory McAuley but Danny somehow managed to tip it over the bar.

McAuley almost scored at the other end minutes later when he somehow contrived to deflect Callum Gittings ball into the box towards his own net but luckily for him it went just wide.  Back up the other end Danny Lewis produced a brilliant save when he pushed away Adam Marriott's goalbound powerful shot and a minute later did the same with an Ashley Carew free kick.

With the first half starting to come to an end the Harriers somehow took the lead against the run of play and didn't just take the lead but increased it too.

The first goal came following good work from Marc Williams whos deft pass picked out Kyle Storer on the edge of the area.  He in turn played the ball further in to Guinan who made no mistake from a few feet out to put the ball into the net.

The Harriers travelling army had hardly finished celebrating when the veteran striker doubled the scoreline with a neat header at the far post from Gittings well flighted corner.
  HT: 0 - 2
It was obvious that the Reds would find themselves on the back foot for most of the second half and so it turned out.  Utd applied the pressure on the Harriers goal even further.

It took just a few minutes for the former Harriers loanee, Ryan Charles, to try and get his new side back in the game with a shot that went slightly wide and then Harrison Dunk tried his luck from distance but Danny Lewis saw it coming in plenty of time and pushed it out of play.  Utd then made the first sub of the game and it worked wonders for them but not enough to grab all three points.

The Cambridge manager, Jez George, sent on Michael Gash in place of Adam Marriott and with his first touch of the game he had swept Carews fine pass beyond the reach of Lewis.  He could have been sainted by the home fans a minute later if he had put away his shot on the turn but again Danny saved us with yet another fine save.

Luke Jones was the next to our rescue as Utd tried to build on the goal further with a fine block that denied Charles the chance to pull the pin on an equally fine pass into the box from Dunk.

Steve Burr chose that moment to make our first substitution of the game and sent on Jamille Matt in place of Nick Wright, slightly earlier than last season when Jamma came on in the final minute of the game to score our winning goal.  He followed up that move a few minutes later and Marc Williams left the field to make way for Scott Phelan but just before exiting the game Marc could have increased our lead further with a shot that Danny Naisbitt did well to turn out for a corner.

Both sides made further changes with our final one being Luke Medley on for Gittings while Cambridge bought on Conal Platt and Steven Kinniburgh for Dunk and McAuley but the changes didn't alter the outcome of the game too much.  United continue to try and break through the Harriers stout defence but we weren't about to give in that easily and held on for the final whistle and all three points once again at the Abbey Stadium.

Up next for us is a chance to gain our first home points of the season with a Tuesday evening game against newly relegated Stockport County.  I think we can look forward to that with confidence.
  FT: 1 - 2

 Goal for Cambridge: Gash 48
 Goals for Harriers: Guinan 40, 44

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Cambridge Utd  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Naisbitt     Lewis  
Roberts     Vaughan  
Coulson     Mike Williams  
Wylde     Jones  
Shaw     Marshall  
Berry     Storer  
McAuley gif     Gittings gif  
Carew     Vincent  
Dunk gif     Guinan  
Charles   Marc Williams gif  
Marriott gif     Wright gif  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Brown     Lyness  
Gash gif     Phelan gif  
Platt gif     Matt gif  
Kinniburgh gif   Medley gif  
Jarvis     Sharpe  

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