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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Wed Oct 5, 2011 2:34:44 pm

Lost 1-0 on Saturday, first defeat in 8 games, minor blip. Here is the goal http://videos.splmedia.com/football/vid ... eason_id=3

Anyway, main message, tomorrow WE ARE ON TELEVISION. 11.45am your time, home to Stockport. Try the following links or other known places on the innernetz for viewing:

www.myp2p.bz
www.atdhe.net
www.firstrowsports.eu
or check our forum - http://cambridgeunitedfc.proboards.com/ ... d=football
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:13:12 pm

Monthly update.

Things are going brilliantly, we're playing outstanding football and have only lost 1 of our last 15 games. We're currently sitting in the last playoff place, 6 points off the top, and after this coming Saturday will have already played every team (except ourselves, natch) in the top 8 away from home.

Recent results:

Home vs Stockport - Drew 2-2
Away vs Bath - Won 4-3
Home vs Alfreton - Won 3-0
Away vs York - Drew 2-2, conceding a last minute equaliser
Home vs Lincoln - Won 2-0
Away vs Hayes (FA Cup Qualifier) - Won 6-2

Again, because of the new U's player feature on our website, youtube highlights are sadly not in huge quantity atm. However Hayes highlights from Saturday are below, although annoyingly misses out our 4th goal, which was the best one. As a result we are into the 1st round of the FA Cup, and have been drawn at home to the leaders of our division Wrexham a week on Saturday.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-blLNciWjo&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

November is huge for us. Our next 3 league games are against fellow title/playoff contenders (Mansfield away, Luton home, Kidderminster away). If we can come out of those with 4 or 5 points we'll be in great shape for a title push, as our fixutres up to mid-February after that are fairly routine on paper.

November:

Sat 5th - Mansfield away
Sat 12th - Wrexham home (FA Cup 1st Round)
Sat 19th - Luton home
Sat 26th - Kidderminster away
Tue 29th - Bath home

1 Wrexham 18 19 39
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2 Fleetwood 18 13 37
3 York 18 18 34
4 Luton 18 16 33
5 Cambridge 18 11 33
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6 Gateshead 18 3 33
7 Southport 18 2 32
8 Mansfield 17 8 30
9 Braintree Town 18 8 29
10 Tamworth 17 6 29
11 Barrow 18 2 29
12 Kidderminster 18 3 28
13 Forest Green 18 4 23
14 Darlington 18 -7 22
15 Grimsby 18 -6 20
16 Ebbsfleet Utd 18 -1 19
17 Kettering 18 -11 19
18 Stockport 18 -5 18
19 AFC Telford 18 -6 18
20 Hayes & Yeading 18 -11 16
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21 Lincoln City 18 -11 16
22 Newport 18 -8 15
23 Alfreton Town 18 -26 10
24 Bath City 18 -21 7
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Tue Nov 8, 2011 5:27:48 am

Set your tivo boxes boys and girls, the U's are playing live on US TV!

Our FA Cup tie with Wrexham has been moved to Friday night, and after a bit of research I found that it's being screened live on Fox Soccer Channel also, with a 11.30am PST start, repeated at 8pm.

Whilst I'm here, we won AGAIN on Saturday, 2-1 away to Mansfield, coming from behind thanks to 2 goals from Harrison Dunk, the 2nd one a sublime move. We are now up to 3rd, just 4 points off the top and nearly halfway through the season, a quite incredible achievement.

Highlights below, for those who don't want to sit through 9 minutes, the goals are between the 2nd and 5th minute of the video.

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Unread postby ericgi » Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:46:21 pm

first time the U's have been on FSC in quite a while... great to finally see a game live!

Good game, though 2-2 probably flattered CUFC. Not much end product in the first half and frankly Wrexham were better by quite a bit. Service from the wings was pretty poor.

Good response out of the changing room, and well taken goal... good service from Carew and well done with the near post run and finish. Thought the U's would build on that but credit to Wrexham for taking the game back and looked for sure like they'd advance, but then the dodgy keeper appeared -- haven't seen an effort that poor in a while :lol:

Hopefully the replay will be on somewhere.
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:01:59 am

I wouldn't have thought the replay will be on FSC, the only reason we were on in the first place was because we were the only game on the Friday night, there are other replays that are more likely to be shown over ours. As Newport (the only other Welsh team in at this stage) got knocked out yesterday though, the replay might be on Welsh TV again, which would open up internet streaming at the very least.

Highlights below, in Welsh, and worth watching for the comedy goalkeeping for our stoppage time equaliser :) The replay is on Tuesday 22nd November, and should we get through we've been drawn away to League One Brentford.

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Unread postby PapermakerFC » Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:33:34 pm

Saw those highlights at Temple on Wednesday. Stunning! 8-)
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Unread postby Framlingham » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:00:31 am

Saw it live, was much more fun to watch than the USMNT game against France. I laughed myself silly at that goalkeeper flub, what a mistake!
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Unread postby nuthatch » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:29:51 am

So, is the away goals rule in effect for the replay today? Sorry, I'm a bit ignorant when it comes to the FA Cup.
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Unread postby C.How » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:39:39 pm

Crap...looks like Wrexham beat CU 2-1 :-(
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:02:55 am

nuthatch wrote:So, is the away goals rule in effect for the replay today? Sorry, I'm a bit ignorant when it comes to the FA Cup.


Not a 2 legged affair, 2 legged ties are only used for league playoff semi-finals in this country these days. We drew the original tie at our place so this was a replay of it, but the first result was absolutely irrelevant in the context of last night. If somebody had won the original tie, last night's game wouldn't have happened.

It'd be like the tie with Houston in the USOC semi a couple of years back, rather than go to extra time, the game would've ended after 90 minutes and been played out all over again in Houston. Had last night been a draw, we would've gone to extra time and possibly penalties, however there was a time when that didn't happen and they just endlessly played replays until someone won (including the final).

Bit of a bummer last night, but we were piss poor for the most part and Wrexham are a decent team. Disappointing to be out of the cup, but at least we have a strong league campaign to build on still, unlike last season when we went out. Will post some video of the last couple of games when I get back from work.
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:41:27 am

Cambridge 1-1 Luton


Wrexham 2-1 Cambridge
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:46:12 am

So, Christmas and we're 7th, better than expected but we've been on the slide a litte, no league win since November 5th now.

Since last update we drew 2 away games at Kidderminster and Ebbsfleet 0-0, missing a penalty in both, and drawing at home to bottom of the table Bath City 1-1 inbetween. We then won 1-0 at Boreham Wood in the FA Trophy, before losing 2-0 at Darlington on Saturday. We were pants in every game, and only beat Boreham Wood because they're a division below us.

Vocal support is starting to get a little better again as well now, which always makes it a bit easier to bear when you're losing 2-0 on the other side of the country in a 20,000 seater stadium which is only 10% full as was the case on Saturday.

Ebbsfleet Away


Boreham Wood away (goal at 18:35)


1 Wrexham 24 25 53
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2 Fleetwood 23 19 50
3 Southport 25 4 47
4 York 25 26 44
5 Luton 24 18 42
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6 Kidderminster 24 11 42
7 Cambridge 24 10 40
8 Gateshead 24 3 40
9 Forest Green 25 13 37
10 Mansfield 24 8 37
11 Darlington 25 -1 36
12 Barrow 24 1 35
13 Braintree Town 25 -2 34
14 Tamworth 23 -1 33
15 Grimsby 24 3 32
16 Ebbsfleet Utd 26 -5 28
17 Lincoln City 25 -10 26
18 AFC Telford 25 -9 24
19 Newport 25 -7 22
20 Kettering 25 -23 22
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21 Hayes & Yeading 24 -15 21
22 Stockport 25 -16 20
23 Alfreton Town 25 -29 18
24 Bath City 25 -23 14

We play Braintree at home on Boxing Day, and away on New Years Day, before playing Southport at home on tele on Thursday 5th January.
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Unread postby ericgi » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:28:52 pm

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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:05:25 pm

Not a huge surprise, he's been very quiet since the Sounders went into MLS and that is obviously more than understandable. The U's fan in me says what the hell has he got to lose by keeping his stake, especially with club seemingly going forward for the first time since he's been a shareholder, and more so when none of us expect him to pump in money with any regularity, but just to be there in case things go tits up. But ultimately he's a businessman and he is more than right to sell his share if he doesn't think he can benefit from it enough. Either way I'll always be grateful for the input Adrian had in keeping this club alive when he first got on board (and for playing his part in getting me interested in the Sounders!).

So since my last update it's been a bit of a rollercoaster. Player wise, we let goalkeeper Simon Brown go, Conal Platt went permanently to Telford, Ryan Charles has gone on loan to Newport, and Kieran Murtagh to Woking on loan. We've signed a good defender on loan for a month from Wimbledon as injury cover, but our only permanent signing to date is Andy Pugh for £15,000, the top goalscorer in the Conference South this season. Looks a very promising young player.

On the pitch, complete mixed bag.

H vs Braintree - Won 2-0 (Gash, Berry)

A vs Braintree - Lost 3-2 (Jennings, Shaw) but were 3 down and played awfully.


H vs Southport - Won 3-0 (Marriott, Roberts, Gash)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRv7aXVQB4Q&feature=fvst[/youtube]

H vs Grimsby - Lost 1-0


H vs Telford (FA Trophy) - Won 4-1 (Own goal, Roberts, Carew, Berry)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmYTsKffuK8&feature=fvst[/youtube]

A vs Telford - Won 2-1 (Roberts, Shaw)


H vs Tamworth - Lost 1-0


Despite this inconsistency, mixed results for other teams mean that we're still in touch desite falling to 10th, 4 points adrift with a game in hand. We have a tough run of games coming up from the middle of the month though, so wins in our next 2 league games our vital so that we don't pay for yesterday's poor defeat too much.

February:

Sat 4th - Home vs Guiseley (FA Trophy 3rd Round)
Sat 11th - Home vs Barrow (11th)
Tue 14th - Home vs Newport County (21st)
Sat 18th - Away vs Fleetwood (1st)
Tue 21st - Away vs Lincoln (16th)
Sat 24th - Home vs Gateshead (8th)/FA Trophy 4th Round

1 Fleetwood 30 34 69
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2 Wrexham 30 36 68
3 Luton 31 32 59
4 York 31 29 54
5 Kidderminster 31 14 53
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6 Southport 31 -5 52
7 Grimsby 31 18 51
8 Gateshead 31 5 51
9 Mansfield 30 13 49
10 Cambridge 30 13 49
11 Barrow 31 1 45
12 Forest Green 31 11 42
13 Braintree Town 31 -4 42
14 Ebbsfleet Utd 31 -3 37
15 Tamworth 29 -8 37
16 Lincoln City 31 -14 30
17 Darlington 31 -7 28
18 AFC Telford 31 -16 28
19 Stockport 32 -18 28
20 Kettering 31 -36 28
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21 Newport 29 -9 26
22 Alfreton Town 31 -29 25
23 Hayes & Yeading 31 -24 24
24 Bath City 30 -33 18
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Unread postby Tom_CUFC » Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:54:28 am

The big freeze in Europe put pay to the first half of February, didn't play another game until the 18th. We went on a very poor run which looked to have sealed our place in this division for another season (as well as ending our FA Trophy run), but back to back wins have kept us in with an outside shout. We've been absolutely decimated by injuries (up until Saturday we had 6 of our starting XI out injured) and been forced to play a lot of youngsters out of position, and not even been able to name full quotas of substitutes until Saturday.

Results:

Lost 1-0 at Fleetwood - Fleetwood are top and are being bank rolled, but after scoring early on we dominated the game and should've got a point.



Won 1-0 at home to Guiseley (FA Trophy 3rd round) - Crap game against a team doing well one division below, snuck through.



Lost 2-1 at home to Wealdstone (FA Trophy quarter final) - Just when it looked like we had an easy passage into the semi-finals, and a chance to win some silverware, we fucked up at home to this lot, who are 2 divisions below us. The 2nd most embarrassing defeat I've ever seen.



Lost 2-1 at Forest Green Rovers - Return to league action wasn't much better. First 70 minutes were god awful, then we missed a penalty, then we took the lead, lead with 8 minutes to go....and lost.



Lost 2-1 at home to Mansfield - Mansfield came to us on a good run but we took the lead with a freekick early on. After that though our youthful side showed and Mansfield equalised immediately, and then took the lead at the start of the 2nd half, and we never looked like coming back.



Won 1-0 at Stockport - The rot stopped at Stockport, taking the lead in the first half through on loan striker Mustafa Tiryaki, before we gave away a penalty on the stroke of half-time, where luckily Danny Naisbitt saved it. Held on in the 2nd half. Had a bit of a punch up with the stewards and the police who tried (and failed for the most part) to get us to sit down. Had 2 lads chucked out at half time when they went the toilets, and another 2 lifted from the back row at the start of the 2nd half. A lot of confrontation ensued after that and it got pretty hostile.

Won 1-0 at home to Barrow - Another turgid game, settled by a goal 2 minutes from a time, a first for our recently signed striker Andy Pugh (hopefully the first of many, he looks very very good).

1 Fleetwood 38 49 89
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2 Wrexham 37 49 86
3 Luton 36 34 66
4 Mansfield 37 19 65
5 York 36 32 64
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6 Southport 37 -2 63
7 Grimsby 36 18 58
8 Kidderminster 37 10 57
9 Gateshead 36 4 57
10 Cambridge 35 12 55
11 Barrow 38 2 55
12 Braintree 37 -1 53
13 Forest Green 36 14 52
14 Ebbsfleet 36 -11 43
15 Tamworth 36 -15 42
16 Telford 36 -15 36
17 Stockport 38 -23 35
18 Alfreton 36 -25 35
19 Newport 35 -9 34
20 Lincoln City 36 -16 33
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21 Hayes 36 -29 30
22 Darlington 36 -15 29
23 Kettering 37 -44 26
24 Bath City 36 -38 21

9 points adrift and with a couple of games in hand, out of our control but certainly not over yet, hopefully these 2 wins will spark a late run that might just get us in.

Upcoming fixtures:

Sat 17th - Gateshead (9th) home
Tue 20th - Newport (19th) home
Sat 24th - Alfreton (18th) away
Sat 31st - Wrexham (2nd) home
Tue 3rd Apr - Lincoln (20th) away
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