George Maris at the double as Cambridge United start pre-season with St Neots win

PUBLISHED: 13:25 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 11 July 2018

Friendy St Neots Town v Cambridge United, at St Neots Town Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

Friendy St Neots Town v Cambridge United, at St Neots Town Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

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And they followed it up with a convincing victory over Cambridge City

Friendy St Neots Town v Cambridge United, at St Neots Town Football Club. Picture: Keith HeppellFriendy St Neots Town v Cambridge United, at St Neots Town Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge United have started their pre-season campaign with a bang.

Joe Dunne’s side have faced St Neots Town and Cambridge City, and earned convincing wins in both matches.

George Maris scored two second-half goals as Cambridge United started with a 7-1 win at St Neots.

They gained an early lead when Paul Lewis scored after taking a quick free kick.

Friendy St Neots Town v Cambridge United, at St Neots Town Football Club. Picture: Keith HeppellFriendy St Neots Town v Cambridge United, at St Neots Town Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

Barry Corr doubled the U’s advantage just before the break, before St Neots’ James Peters pulled one back.

Liam O’Neil prodded in United’s third after the restart.

Young keeper Finlay Iron saved a penalty from St Neots’ Dylan Williams and, on the break, David Amoo crossed for Ade Azeez to make it 4-1.

Brad Halliday finished off a sweeping move for the fifth goal, and then Maris struck with a quickfire brace – including an individual effort – to complete the victory.

Friendy St Neots Town v Cambridge United, at St Neots Town Football Club. Picture: Keith HeppellFriendy St Neots Town v Cambridge United, at St Neots Town Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

On Tuesday night, the U’s faced Cambridge City and earned an 8-1 win.

Jabo Ibehre, Tom Knowles and Ade Azeez got two goals apiece and Gary Deegan and Emmanuel Osadebe got one each.

Ryan Sharman had scored an equaliser for City in the first half.

The U’s are away to Chelmsford on Saturday (July 14), kick off 3pm.

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