Ollie Snaith goal boosts Cambridge City survival hopes against Cinderford Town
Lilywhites earn vital win in relegation battle
Ollie Snaith grabbed the only goal of the game as Cambridge City started a vital run of six games with a 1-0 victory over Cinderford Town in Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division.
It was a crucial match at Westwood Road as the Lilywhites bid to make their way out of the four relegation spots in the remaining month of the season.
And no less than a win over the division’s bottom side would have sufficed.
So Snaith was the toast of the club after his 59th-minute winner, although that being told, City could quite easily have won by more.
They dominated for the majority of the game, bar a late flurry from the Gloucestershire outfit, although even then the visitiors they did not trouble City keeper Dean Snedker.
It is goals that have been missing from City’s game though, and it looked like that may just be the case again, as for all of their good build-up play, they struggled to get a sight of the whites of the eyes of Cameron Clarke, the Cinderford shot-stopper.
That said there were a number of individual performances that caught the eye for City.
Lee Stevenson has come in for the final furlong from King’s Lynn, and it is clear that his influence in central midfield will be crucial.
He was able to spread the play across the park, and also act as the holding midfielder in order to allow Ross Paterson to push forward.
But more important was his vocal presence. He was constantly talking and cajoling his team-mates giving them positive direction and encouragement, and that can only serve them well in this upcoming batch of games.
The other player who looks like an interesting prospect is loanee Norman Wabo.
He combined well with fellow Southend work experience striker Dan Walker, who had a number of first-half efforts off target in the first half, but it was his control and touch on the ball that impressed.
Wabo managed to produce some intricate play in difficult positions against more physically superior opponents, and that helped City keep the ball in the final third.
He fashioned one good opportunity in the Cinderford box, but fired wide, however, getting in those sort of positions time and time again must eventually reap their rewards.
It was in fact Wabo and Walker that fashioned the goal for Snaith, who had been a bundle of energy on the left.
Wabo controlled play just outside the centre circle and with one of those touches, put it into the feet of Walker, who in turn played an acute through ball to the on-running Snaith.
The midfielder’s first shot was across Clarke but appeared to be off target, only for a Cinderford defender to clear it straight back into his path, and the City player smash home from close range.
City did almost get a second goal in the 78th minute when Jordan Gent, who was a big presence in defence, rose highest at the back post to meet Snaith’s corner, but his header hit the top of the bar and bounced over.
There may be some regrets that City were unable to get more goals from the game, but the way they dominated proceedings, both in possession and territory, should give them plenty of confidence and momentum for the next five fixtures.
Cambridge City: Snedker, Robinson, Foxley, Paterson, Gent, Williams, Relizani, Stevenson, Walker, Wabo, Snaith.
Substitutes: Cooper (Foxley, 38), Osei (Relizani, 67), Walker (Foy, 89).
Cinderford Town: Clarke, Kelly, Hicks, Nelms, Clare, Alderdice, Ford, Welch, Norman, Harrhy, Bamford.
Substitutes: Bloom (Ford, 66), Hands (Clare, 76), Michael (Bamford, 76).
Bookings: City – Foxley (dissent, 34); Cinderford – Bamford (foul, 76).
Referee: Alistair Wilson.