Mark Roberts’ header makes it two wins in two games for Cambridge United
PUBLISHED: 15:33 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 28 September 2016
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U’s earn Yeovil win
What a difference a bit of confidence makes.
From no wins in eight games, Mark Roberts’ goal helped Cambridge United make it two victories in the space of four days as they defeated Yeovil Town 1-0 at the Cambs Glass Stadium last night.
The victory, which followed on the heels of the 2-1 win over Newport, was no more than the U’s deserved as they dominated the game.
But the breakthrough took a long time in coming, and it was ironic that it came from a defender when the United strikers had proved a handful all game.
It was a fascinating battle in the first half as United’s Ben Williamson and Adam McGurk had an old-fashioned tussle with Yeovil centre-backs Darren Ward and Alex Lacey.
Williamson seemed like a man possessed, proving to be a menace and the combination with McGurk seemed to be giving the visitors a headache.
One would drop off and one would push on to the centre-backs, and that left Yeovil with the quandary of whether to step out of defence or stay rigid as a four.
The problem for United in the first part of the half though was that they were not quite able to exploit their advantage by getting their wide men into the game.
However, as the half developed, Harrison Dunk and Jake Gosling were becoming growing factors in the game. With the match stretched across the pitch, this in turn was giving Luke Berry greater opportunities to press into the box.
The only disappointment for United from the first half was that their superiority did not produce any goals.
The ball was flying right, left and over the frame of the goal, and across the face of the goalmouth, and the main criticism was that Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak was not seriously tested.
But when the question was finally asked of Krysiak, he had little answer.
McGurk’s header from a Harrison Dunk corner was saved by the keeper, but only pushed into the path of Roberts, who could not miss.
But Yeovil were indebited to their keeper in the 78th minute as he pulled off a spectacular diving save to his right to thwart Roberts’ header from just inside the area.
Hearts were in mouths when Tom Eaves’ cross-cum-shot troubled Will Norris at the far post, but the U’s keeper saw it behind for a corner.
And there was a final late rally from Yeovil, but despite peppering a few shots at goal, they did not really trouble Norris as the U’s held on for a deserved win.
Cambridge United: Norris, Taylor, Roberts, Legge, Halliday, Gosling (Ikpeazu, 59), Berry, Clark, Dunk, Williamson, McGurk (Newton, 75). Substitutes: Gregory, Coulson, Long, Dallison, Foy.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Shephard (Mugabi, 67), Smith, Dolan, Lacey, Dawson, Eaves, Khan (Whitfield, 79), Butcher, Hedges, Ward (Lawless, 73). Substitutes: Maddison, Ezewele, Sowunmi, Campbell.
Referee: Mark Hayward.
Bookings: Cambridge United – Berry (dissent) 38; Yeovil Town – Lacey (foul) 35, Shephard (foul) 55, Dawson (foul) 73.
Attendance: 3,556 (98).