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