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Cambridge United can’t wait to take on the ‘Richest club in the World’

2 weeks ago
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Cambridge United were back in action on Monday.

After a gap of 16 days and no football due to Covid cases causing them to postpone two matches, the League One club up against Portsmouth.

The home match seeing a goalless draw, not a bad result for Cambridge United who had join top scorer Sam Smith sent off after an hour. The result means the home side are now 16th and nine points clear of relegation, whilst Portsmouth are eighth in League One.

Cambridge United having to play for not just half an hour with ten men, also an additional 21 minutes added time, due mainly to the game having to be stopped for a medical emergency in the crowd.

Amused to see them ending the match report on the official club website after Cambridge 0 Portsmouth 0 with this – 3 January 2022:

‘Up next, the attention switches to Saturday (8th January).

As the U’s, backed by a vociferous away support.

Travel to St James’ Park to take on giants Newcastle United in an FA Cup Third Round tie.

“Be sure to grab your tickets and support the lads as they lock horns with the richest club in the world.”

The attendance yesterday was 6,832, which included 1,463 away (Portsmouth) fans, meaning 5,369 home supporters by my calculations.

Cambridge United set to bring almost as many fans to Newcastle United on Saturday, as a quick check on their official ticketing website shows they only have a few hundred left to sell of the 5,000 allocation they took.

Remarkably, Newcastle United are set to sell out the match (unless Cambridge United fail to sell that small number of remaining tickets). After selling out the lower bowl of St James Park, tickets went on sale in Level 7, with now less than one and a half thousand tickets left to go (as at 11am on Tuesday morning) and still four days to go until the game.

Exactly what kind of Newcastle United team lines up for this FA Cup clash remains to be seen, though it does look as though the match is set to be played. Monday brought a welcome drop in new positive Covid cases across the Premier League, hopefully NUFC seeing their cases clearing up now, as well as an improvement on the injury front as well ahead of key Premier League relegation clashes with Watford and Leeds.

Cambridge United manager Mark Bonner talking to Cambridgeshire Live after the 0-0 draw against Portsmouth:

“We coped with a lot today, and we’ve come out with something that I think is valuable firstly, but also deserved.

“We had to overcome quite a few tests in that, but we did.

“I’ve never seen 21 minutes go up on the board, so that seemed to go on forever, but I think we were worthy of something from the game. I’m really proud of the effort that the players have put in.

“It’s probably the game we didn’t need after two weeks of nothing, with boys sort of rolling out of bed to put themselves out there, but when you’ve got to rely on a bit of grit and work ethic to get you through, we’ve got a good group.”

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