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Cambridge City seek confidence boost after difficult run

Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge City manager Robbie Nightingale. Picture: Keith Heppell

Robbie Nightingale is seeking a confidence boost for Cambridge City after a third defeat in a row.

The Lilywhites were the dominant team against Hullbridge Sports in the BetVictor Isthmian League, North Division last Saturday, especially in the first half, but Joe Wright’s second-half goal earned the visitors a 1-0 win.

It was a bitter pill for City to swallow and, although it is still early stages, was a similar story to their previous two defeats.

“It’s just frustrating that the dominance didn’t bring goals. It’s what you have to do at whatever level you play,” said City boss Nightingale.

“I remember being at Histon in the John Beck/Steve Fallon era and we would be 3-0 or 4-0 up in the 20-minute period we dominated and you win the game.

“We’ve done it every game we’ve played this game, we’ve dominated large parts and just missed that goal to kick us on a bit.

“Scoring goals creates confidence. The players’ confidence is a little bit low, and it’s hard to put into words given how dominant we were.

“The goal is massively frustrating for us because we’ve just completely switched off. We picked up the second ball, and then haven’t reacted well enough from that.”

City were also without their influential captain, which Nightingale believes had an impact on the outcome.

“We’ve got a good group in there, we’ve got some good players and we were missing arguably the best player in the league in Adam Watkins and it showed,” he said.

“With the control he has in midfield and the way he can link play and run beyond, we lacked his quality.”

Nightingale may be tempted to experiment this week as City have two matches in the Velocity Trophy, the league cup.

They face Soham Town Rangers at home tonight (Wednesday) and are then away to Hertford Town on Saturday (September 7).

“They’re a young group, they’re learning and they are a new group together,” he said.

“We do need to freshen things up a bit more in certain areas of the pitch we’re not happy with.

“It’s just having that little bit of care and attention in both boxes that matters.”

Histon earned their second league win of the season on the road, beating Basildon United 1-0.

In a scrappy game, Ed Rolph scored the only goal in the 80th minute.

The Stutes are at home this Saturday (September 7) to Maldon & Tiptree in the FA Cup, first qualifying round.

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