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The Big Match Preview: Cambridge vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

6 October 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Cambridge United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 7th October 2017, k.o. 3pm
The Cambs Glass Stadium
Referee: Gavin Ward

With three wins on the bounce, and undefeated on the road since February, Wanderers return to the scene of one of their most significant triumphs last season, hoping for another three points to continue their excellent run of form.

Aaron Pierre’s last-gasp winner last November ended a nine-month wait for an away victory and acted as the catalyst for a run of five successive wins on their travels, in the midst of a club record-breaking sequence of results.

Gareth Ainsworth has acknowledged that the U’s were hard done by that day, having troubled the visiting defence on countless occasions particularly in the second half, and Shaun Derry’s men have made an assured if under-the-radar start to the new campaign, sitting 12th but unbeaten at home since their first league game at the Abbey this season.

Much of the focus has been on the two frontlines ahead of the game, with Wanderers’ ‘golden oldies’ coming up against the physical and prolific pairing of Uche Ikpeazu and Jabo Ibehre, though it’s Wycombe who currently sit joint top of the EFL scoring charts – a stat they’ll hope to maintain come 5pm tomorrow.

Team news
Cambridge are expected to return to full strength after making changes for their midweek Checkatrade Trophy clash with Southampton U21s, while Greg Taylor could return to the defence after injury.

Wycombe have welcomed Matt Bloomfield and Paris Cowan-Hall back to training this week and the pair are in contention for a return to the squad.

Head-to-head
Wycombe have won 12 of the 18 encounters in the Chairboys’ EFL era, including five of the last six.

Four of Cambridge’s five victories have come at their home ground.

Man in the middle
Gavin Ward takes charge of his second Wycombe game this season, having officiated in the 2-0 Carabao Cup loss to Fulham in August.

In all he’s shown 35 yellow and no red cards in his 10 matches in the middle.

Kit
Wanderers will be wearing their first-choice light and dark blue kit.

Tickets
Wanderers fans will be in the South Habbin Terrace. Note that this is different from previous years, where Chairboys fans have been accommodated in the seated area behind the goal.

Cambridge have instead allocated the South Habbin Terrace along one side to away supporters, which includes around 100 seats on a first-come-first-served basis.

Wycombe fans are therefore encouraged to give priority for the seats to those who are less mobile.

On-the-day prices are as follows:

Adults: £18
Concessions*: £14
Under 18s: £10
Under 12s: £10
Under 5s: FREE

*Concessions are classed as seniors aged 64+, students, and young adults aged 18-21.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Cambridge’s stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: CB5 8LN

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and the M25 northbound (clockwise). Continue to Junction 27 and take the M11 signposted Cambridge. Exit at Junction 14 and join the A14 towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. At the top of the slip road turn right towards Fen Ditton. Go through Fen Ditton until you reach a T Junction, where at the traffic lights you turn right into Newmarket Road. Go straight across the roundabout (there is a McDonalds on one corner) and you will come to Abbey Stadium on your left hand side.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 103 (average journey time 1 hour 45 minutes)

Park and ride
Cambridge United have partnered with Stagecoach East to add a new Park and Ride bus ticket aimed specifically at football fans.

On days when the U’s play at home, both the Amber Army and away supporters will be able to purchase a special £2.50 return ticket from the Newmarket Road Park & Ride to ferry them to and from the Cambs Glass Stadium.

The ticket will be available for United’s home game against Wycombe Wanderers this Saturday, and is valid for one passenger only. However, if travelling with children, the normal £3 Park & Ride ticket is also available to purchase, allowing children under the age of 16 to travel free with one fee-paying adult.

Ahead of the 3pm kick-off, football fans can catch any of the regular Park & Ride buses heading into the city centre, which will all be stopping at the ground. On the return leg, there will be a dedicated bus waiting in the layby outside the stadium at 4.45pm, to take fans back to the Park & Ride once the game is over.

Suggested car parking area
There is no parking available for away fans at the ground. There is some parking to be had on the streets surrounding the stadium. The following streets all have free parking available and are within walking distance of the stadium – Ditton Walk, Coldham’s Lane and Whitehall Road.  Please note that after the match has ended roads around the stadium can get pretty deadlocked at times. So you may wish to consider parking further away from the Abbey Stadium to help avoid this.

Fancy using the train?
Great Northern operate a regular service from London Kings Cross, fastest journey time 46 minutes. Note that the main Cambridge rail station is over 2 miles from the ground and a good 30-minutes brisk walk. However Citibus C3 runs from the Railway station and through the City Centre every ten minutes during the day, journey time 10-15 minutes. This stops within a few yards walk from the ground (Ditton Walk stop). Earliest return train times off Cambridge are at 17:47 (fast), 17:56, 18:15 (fast) and 18:29.

Spare time before or after match?
There is a supporters club at the ground that normally allows in away supporters. The club charges a £2 entrance fee and also serves food. With a number of pubs in the local area having closed down, there is little choice for away fans in the way of a pre-match pint. Along Newmarket Road going towards the city centre is the Wrestlers pub, which also offers Thai food. Coming recommended a bit further away is “The Tram Depot” PH on Dover Street. It is about a 20-min walk from the ground (post code CB1 1DY). There is some street parking in this area.

Can’t make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole, or if you’re overseas, you can watch a live stream via the service. There’ll be regular updates as usual across social media.

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Report: Cambridge 1-3 Wycombe

Eze (2) and Umerah on target.

7 October 2017

Two stunning strikes from Ebere Eze set the Chairboys on the way to a fourth successive win before Josh Umerah wrapped up the points late on at Cambridge.

After a bruising yet goalless first half, the game burst to life when Eze struck twice in quick succession from outside the area, before Medy Elito gave Cambridge hope, making it 2-1 from the spot.

However, Leon Legge was sent off for a second yellow card and Josh Umerah wrapped up the points with a smart finish late on.

Gareth Ainsworth made one enforced change to his starting line-up, with Sido Jombati replacing Michael Harriman who suffered an unfortunate leg break in training in the week.

In a lively opening, the hosts won a couple of early corners but Wanderers threatened on the counter-attack, while Piero Mingoia flashed a shot wide from distance as he looked to find his range.

Scott Brown made a smart double-handed save at his near post from George Maris’ well-struck free-kick from the corner of the area, but the Blues were dealt a blow when Nathan Tyson sustained an injury 20 minutes in, seemingly falling awkwardly after shooting goalwards from 25 yards.

There was a lengthy delay as he received treatment before leaving on a stretcher, with Josh Umerah taking his place in the frontline.

Maris then fired over the top after wriggling free in midfield, though Ebere Eze did well to apply enough pressure to the youngster as he got his shot away.

Action then swung to the other end and after Eze teased the defence with some quick footwork, he teed up Sam Saunders whose curling effort was tipped behind for a corner, from which Anthony Stewart headed into the side netting.

Umerah’s first sight of goal came when Adebayo Akinfenwa beat three defenders to an aerial ball to flick the ball onto him, but the Charlton loanee curled his chance wide of the left-hand post on the turn.

Wycombe came forward again with an excellent passing move down the left which resulted in Craig Mackail-Smith’s left-footed strike being deflected narrowly wide, but then there was a huge let-off when Sido Jombati was caught in possession by Medy Elito who raced goalwards unchallenged but opted for power rather than placement, and Scott Brown beat the ball away.

David Forde was the next keeper to be called upon, as Joe Jacobson’s floated free-kick was headed into the path of Anthony Stewart, whose first-time volley needed the save at the near post.

Stewart was then booked for an alleged foul on Jabo Ibehre, shortly after Uche Ikpeazu saw yellow for kicking the ball away, and George Maris followed before the break for stopping a free-kick from being taken.

That was the last incident of note before half-time which came and went with no changes for either side, but when the breakthrough came just a couple of minutes after the interval, it was a moment to savour.

A low cross from the right didn’t carry much initial threat but after Adebayo Akinfenwa got a toe to it and picked a pass to Ebere Eze 25 yards out, the QPR loanee showed his class with an incredible half-volley into the top corner after taking a touch to control it.

The goal-of-the-season contender was celebrated in style, and sparked a bright spell from the visitors, who threatened again when Josh Umerah found space to pull the trigger, only for a deflection from the sliding defender to take the sting out of the shot.

Uche Ikpeazu went on a one-man mission to find a leveller when he cut in from the right, but Scott Brown held well at his near post, before Harrison Dunk curled harmlessly over from 25 yards.

Cambridge made their first change when Jake Carroll replaced George Maris, but Eze’s second moment of sheer genius followed within a minute.

It arrived from virtually the same spot as his first, and it found the same top corner, but this time it was a left-footed curler which had the away end rocking.

Leon Legge was booked for a late tackle on Umerah after the striker seized on the defender’s poor touch, though he nearly made amends with a stooping header from a deep cross from the left which flew a yard wide.

However, the hosts were handed a lifeline when Marcus Bean tugged back Uche Ikpeazu in the area and the referee had no option but to point to the spot. Medy Elito stepped up and calmly stroked it to Brown’s left as the keeper dived right, setting up a grandstand final 20 minutes.

Sam Saunders was booked for a foul on United’s right wing before action swung to the other end and Eze was denied a hat-trick after his silky skills took him into the box but his fierce shot was palmed away by Forde, and then Akinfenwa glanced a header inches wide from Jacobson’s resulting corner.

Cambridge brought on David Amoo for Piero Mingoia, before Mackail-Smith’s low shot was tipped away by Forde into the path of Umerah, who couldn’t convert from a tight angle so opted to square it into the six-yard box but the hosts scrambled it away.

However, United’s hopes of a comeback were lessened when Leon Legge was shown a second yellow card, this time for obstructing Mackail-Smith after the striker knocked the ball past him, reducing Cambridge to ten men.

Josh Umerah shot wide with a speculative shot on the turn before Wycombe introduced Dan Scarr for the goalscorer Ebere Eze, helping to add height at the back with United likely to go direct in their quest for an equaliser.

The final change came when Nick Freeman replaced Mackail-Smith, and Freeman’s superb play almost brought about the third goal for Wycombe when his low pass found Saunders, whose first shot was blocked and then his pass to Umerah saw the striker’s shot was saved by Forde.

However, Umerah didn’t have to wait long at all for his goal, and it came as stoppage time loomed. He stayed onside to collect a pass inside the box and slotted calmly past the keeper for hiss econd goal in two games.

He almost had a second, but his header from Marcus Bean’s cross was denied by the keeper, before Scott Brown produced a fine low save when Ikpeazu’s low shot fizzed through the legs of a defender.

That was that, leaving Wycombe to celebrate a fourth successive win in style, ahead of the visit of league leaders Exeter to Adams Park next week.

Attendance: 5,365 (568 from Wycombe)

 

 

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Ticket News

Tickets & travel: Cambridge (A, 07/10)

Details for the next away game.

3 October 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys’ Sky Bet League Two game at Cambridge United on Saturday 7th October (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have been given an initial allocation of 500 tickets in the South Habbin Terrace.

Note that this is different from previous years, where Chairboys fans have been accommodated in the seated area behind the goal.

Cambridge have instead allocated the South Habbin Terrace along one side to away supporters, which includes around 100 seats on a first-come-first-served basis.

Wycombe fans are therefore encouraged to give priority for the seats to those who are less mobile.

Prices are as follows – please note that tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game but will be £2 more expensive.

Adults: £16
Concessions*: £12
Under 18s: £8
Under 12s: £5
Under 5s: FREE

*Concessions are classed as seniors aged 64+, students, and young adults aged 18-21.

Call 01494 441118, buy online, or visit the shop at Adams Park to book in advance.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 1pm on Friday 6th October, or from Cambridge’s stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: CB5 8LN

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and the M25 northbound (clockwise). Continue to Junction 27 and take the M11 signposted Cambridge. Exit at Junction 14 and join the A14 towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. At the top of the slip road turn right towards Fen Ditton. Go through Fen Ditton until you reach a T Junction, where at the traffic lights you turn right into Newmarket Road. Go straight across the roundabout (there is a McDonalds on one corner) and you will come to Abbey Stadium on your left hand side.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 103 (average journey time 1 hour 45 minutes)

Park and ride
Cambridge United have partnered with Stagecoach East to add a new Park and Ride bus ticket aimed specifically at football fans.

On days when the U’s play at home, both the Amber Army and away supporters will be able to purchase a special £2.50 return ticket from the Newmarket Road Park & Ride to ferry them to and from the Cambs Glass Stadium.

The ticket will be available for United’s home game against Wycombe Wanderers this Saturday, and is valid for one passenger only. However, if travelling with children, the normal £3 Park & Ride ticket is also available to purchase, allowing children under the age of 16 to travel free with one fee-paying adult.

Ahead of the 3pm kick-off, football fans can catch any of the regular Park & Ride buses heading into the city centre, which will all be stopping at the ground. On the return leg, there will be a dedicated bus waiting in the layby outside the stadium at 4.45pm, to take fans back to the Park & Ride once the game is over.

Suggested car parking area
There is no parking available for away fans at the ground. There is some parking to be had on the streets surrounding the stadium. The following streets all have free parking available and are within walking distance of the stadium – Ditton Walk, Coldham’s Lane and Whitehall Road.  Please note that after the match has ended roads around the stadium can get pretty deadlocked at times. So you may wish to consider parking further away from the Abbey Stadium to help avoid this.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11:30. Travel prices are £16 for adults, £15 for seniors, and £14 for juniors. The price for non-members is £21 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday 5th October at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
Great Northern operate a regular service from London Kings Cross, fastest journey time 46 minutes. Note that the main Cambridge rail station is over 2 miles from the ground and a good 30-minutes brisk walk. However Citibus C3 runs from the Railway station and through the City Centre every ten minutes during the day, journey time 10-15 minutes. This stops within a few yards walk from the ground (Ditton Walk stop). Earliest return train times off Cambridge are at 17:47 (fast), 17:56, 18:15 (fast) and 18:29.

Spare time before or after match?
There is a supporters club at the ground that normally allows in away supporters. The club charges a £2 entrance fee and also serves food. With a number of pubs in the local area having closed down, there is little choice for away fans in the way of a pre-match pint. Along Newmarket Road going towards the city centre is the Wrestlers pub, which also offers Thai food. Coming recommended a bit further away is “The Tram Depot” PH on Dover Street. It is about a 20-min walk from the ground (post code CB1 1DY). There is some street parking in this area.

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