Cambridge United earn back-to-back wins on their travels in Sky Bet League Two
Cambridge United clinched back-to-back wins on the road in four days in Sky Bet LeagueTwo.
After a 3-2 victory at Crewe Alexandra last Saturday, they followed it up with a 4-0 success at Mansfield Town on Tuesday night.
It was goalless at half time at Mansfield, but the hosts had created chances without hitting the target.
United’s hopes of getting a result were boosted four minutes into the second half, but it was at the expense of Luke Hannant.
The U’s left-sided midfielder was on the end of a challenge from Mansfield defender Matt Preston, which earned a straight red card.
In the 74th minute, Marc Richards headed a corner against the bar, but Roles smartly controlled the rebound on his chest to fire the U’s ahead.
After some stout defending, United doubled their lead in the 86th minute on the break, with Richards teeing up Sam Smith to score.
In the 90th minute, Andrew Dallas’ shot was saved but George Maris was on hand to convert the rebound for 3-0.
The scoring was completed in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Harrison Dunk was fouled in the area, and Reggie Lambe tucked away the penalty.
Smith’s goal was his third in four days after two in the 3-2 win at Crewe.
He opened the scoring for the U’s in the 12th minute, and their cause was helped by a red card for Crewe’s Paul Green for an over-the-ball challenge in the 41st minute.
Goals from Eddie Nolan and Chuma Anene in the 63rd and 67th minute respectively put Crewe 2-1 up.
Two minutes later, Paul Lewis equalised for the U’s and they got the winner three minutes later.
Referee David Rock awarded a penalty after Hannant had been fouled in the area, and Smith converted the spot kick to seal the win.
The U’s are back at the Abbey this Saturday (September 21), when they play host to Swindon Town.