Ross Paterson tells Cambridge City to embrace away days
Lilywhites skipper ready for play-off trips
Ross Paterson is backing Cambridge City’s superb away form to come to the fore in the Evo-Stik League, South East Division play-offs.
The Lilywhites have been one of the top sides in the division for the last two months going nine games unbeaten, with seven wins and two draws.
It earned them the club of the month award for March, but that run finally came to an end on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to AFC Rushden & Diamonds and that was followed by a 1-0 defeat to Barton Rovers on Monday.
It meant that City’s prospects of automatic promotion were brought to an end, and although they have confirmed a place in the play-offs, their hopes of getting a home tie are all but over.
“They were a tough team, solid at the back and we couldn’t really get through and didn’t really have a lot of chances,” said captain Paterson on the AFC Rushden & Diamonds defeat.
“They took the one chance they had, sat on it and it was a good win for them.”
As for the loss to Barton Rovers, Paterson added: “It was tired legs, people didn’t really turn up and I think we didn’t win any second balls. We were nowhere near it, we were well off.
“It was disappointing as they were second from bottom and I feel like we should be beating teams like this.”
There were positives though as City, who have had to finish the season with seven games in 14 days, fielded youngsters Harry England, Isaac Maynard and Adam Capel and they did not look out of place.
Paterson also looked at the play-off picture and suggested that life on the road may suit City.
They have one of the best away records in the division, with 12 wins and only four defeats, compared to seven losses on their home turf.
“We’ve changed a few players, got a couple of young lads in to give them a run and I think they did well,” said Paterson.
“When it comes to the play-offs, I think we need to step it massively and we need to perform.
“I think our form away from home has been good. Sometimes we struggle on this pitch, but everyone has got to play on it so it’s a leveller.
“It’s one leg in the play-offs and anything can happen.
“We go again on Wednesday so hopefully we can pick up two wins out of two and bring the momentum into the play-offs.
“We had needed to win them all to get automatic, and hope results went our way, but it wasn’t meant to be and we will give the play-offs a good go.”
City finish the season with a home game against Chalfont St Peter tonight (Wednesday) and away to Moneyfields on Saturday, before the play-offs next Wednesday (May 3).
But Paterson hopes they will have a fully-fit squad available.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks really,” he added. “Hopefully it will have given them a good rest and then everyone will be back and fighting fit for the play-offs and we can be confident.”