Robbie Nightingale wants Cambridge City squad to create new chapter in history

PUBLISHED: 10:09 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 02 May 2018

James Hall has been in great form for Cambridge City this season. Picture: Rich Marsham

James Hall has been in great form for Cambridge City this season. Picture: Rich Marsham

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Lilywhites eager to end bad run in play-offs

Robbie Nightingale has told Cambridge City to re-write the record books in the Evo-Stik League, South East Division play-offs.

The Lilywhites have not got the best of records in the end-of-season showdowns, and they will be making the trip to Hayes & Yeading tonight (Wednesday) eager to reach the play-off final on bank holiday Monday.

City had a run of seven matches in 14 days, and they finished their regulation season with a 1-1 draw against Moneyfields last Saturday, when Jack Vasey scored.

Now, all eyes are on Hayes & Yeading, who beat City 3-1 at home and 2-0 away in the league this season.

“They are a very good side, very experienced,” said Nightingale. “A lot of their players have played higher, but one thing that will suit us is the pitch is fantastic.

“Hopefully we will be able to play some good football on it.

“They have beaten us twice, which is all that matters, but when you go through the games, there is not a lot between the teams.

“We’ve added one or two since then, like they have, so I’m expecting a really tough game against a really tough opposition.”

With similar styles of play, Nightingale is looking for his game changers to make a difference.

“We’re just looking for our big players to turn up and perform,” he said. “If you look, James Hall has 17 goals in 19 games, Ebby Nelson-Addy, Salim Relizani, Nathan Olukanmi, Ryan Sharman, they are all match winners on their day.

“Hayes have scored 103 goals, we have scored 99. Both teams possess a lot of attacking threats and it’s about which one of those teams’ threats come up trumps on the night.

“We’re always confident with what we’ve got and if our boys turn up with the right attitude and application and do the business, then we are a team to be feared.

“We just need to make sure defensively we’re switched on and we deal with their threats, because their threats are dangerous.

“We need to make sure we keep them as quiet as we can without taking away our attacking threat.”

He added: “One final big push from us and who knows at the end of the day?

“We have had play-off heartache many times before but we can’t read into that as it’s a new group of players and they have no idea what’s gone on in the past so it’s up to us to re-write the history books on that front.”

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