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The Big Match Preview: Cambridge

18 November 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Cambridge United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 19th November 2016, k.o. 3pm 
Fratton Park, CB5 8LN 
Referee: Trevor Kettle

Cambridge's players could be waking this Friday morning feeling heavy-legged and tired - perhaps not the ideal preparation for the visit of a Chairboys side enjoying some momentum with impressive wins in league and cup so far this month.

Shaun Derry's men were taken to extra-time in their FA Cup replay at National League side Dover Athletic last night, with the fixture being moved to a Thursday evening for live TV broadcast purposes.

Their 4-2 victory was wrapped up just over 41 hours ahead of kick-off of their next fixture - the clash with the Chairboys on Saturday - hoping to find a first home league win since October 1st.

They impressed on their last outing - a 3-1 win at Crawley Town last weekend - on the same day that the Wanderers recorded an ultimately comfortable 2-0 triumph over Morecambe at Adams Park, backing up the superb 2-1 FA Cup win at Portsmouth and their impressive efforts in the draw at high-flying Doncaster the week before.

Now they head to the Abbey Stadium - a ground where they've only tasted victory twice in seven visits, and suffered a 1-0 loss last season in an uninspiring midweek encounter.

The two teams are level on 19 points in the table, with the Blues having a slightly better goal difference, but the tight nature of the league means a win for either side is likely to propel them into the top half.

Wycombe make the trip with a mostly injury-free squad, but the game may come too soon for Dayle Southwell, Danny Rowe and Max Muller.

Tickets
Tickets go off sale at 1pm on Friday but can be purchased on arrival at the Abbey Stadium at no extra cost.

Wanderers have been given an allocation in the South Stand (all-seated, under cover).

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £20
Seniors (64+): £15
Students: £15
Young Adults (18-21): £15
Under 18s: £10
Under 5s: FREE

Call 01494 441118, book online or visit the ticket office/shop at Adams Park. Tickets can either be posted, collected from Adams Park in advance, or collected from the Abbey Stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

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 = 99

Recommended area for car parking
There is no parking available for away fans at the ground. There is some parking to be had on the streets surrounding the stadium. Otherwise some off road car parking is available behind the ground. To reach this, continue past the ground entrance for another 400 yards and turn left at the traffic lights into Coldhams Lane. Continue for about 300 yards, crossing a small roundabout and over a railway bridge. The car park entrance is on the left about 50 yards beyond the bridge.

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 £20 (no refund if game is cancelled). Note that OWWSA has added card payment to their methods of payment.  Members will be able to pay at the Vere Suite, on the coach or by telephone. Non members are required to pay before travelling.  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 November 17th at 5pm.

Using the train?
Great Northern operate a regular service from London Kings Cross, fastest journey time 46 minutes. Note that Cambridge rail station is over two 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), 17:55, 18:04 and 18:15 (fast).

Facilities for away fans
Ground capacity is 9,617 (4,376 seated). Away fans are housed in the Marstons Smooth South Stand at one end of the ground where up to 1,500 supporters can be seated. This relatively new covered, all seated stand has good facilities and gives good views of the playing action. The entrance to the away section is reached by walking along a path through what appears to be a common field that is used from time to time to graze cows! The refreshments on offer include the legendary bacon rolls (£3). The programme is available priced £3 from sellers around the ground and the club shop/Main Stand retail outlet.

Facilities around the ground
There is a supporters club at the ground that normally allows in away supporters. The club charges a £1.50 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.

Can't make it?
Live commentary will be available on Chairboys PlayerHD and the FLi Player app. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial. Also keep an eye on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more content.

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