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Match Preview: Accy vs U's

27 April 2023

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Cambridge United take on fellow relegation battlers Accrington Stanley in Saturday’s crucial Sky Bet League One tie at the Wham Stadium...

Mark Bonner’s men approach the make-or-break final week of the 2022/23 campaign in 23rd position, with the hosts a place and point ahead in the tightly-contested drop zone. With three points proving invaluable and a loss potentially being detrimental, a pulsating afternoon awaits in the fight for survival.

How to Watch

The U’s have a full allocation of 805, with well over 600 tickets already sold ahead of Saturday’s encounter in Lancashire, which kicks off at 3:00pm. Supporters who wish to join them on the trip can secure their place online at, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office - four away credits will be issued.

Overseas fans can stream the game live with an iFollow Match Pass. Match Passes cost £10 and are available to purchase by clicking here. Elsewhere, domestic supporters who can’t make it to the Wham Stadium can listen to live match commentary on iFollow, as well as receive match updates on the day through United’s social media channels.

Opposition Focus

A prime example of how to run a lower league football club, Accrington Stanley continue to defy the odds and punch above their weight. Excellent backing and sensible decisions off the pitch has contributed to great success on it in the past couple of decades, with the current incarnation of the club plying their trade in the Northern Premier League Division One as recently as the turn of the millennium. Under the tutelage of the astute John Coleman, the hosts are in their fifth season in League One and, although a best-ever finish of 11th will not be bettered in 2022/23, a last-gasp escape would do just fine. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve defied the odds.

Starting in a hard-to-beat manner, Accrington remained unbeaten in their opening five. On the contrary, it eventually equated to one win in eight due to four occasions where they shared the spoils. An astute September run of three consecutive triumphs increased optimism and cemented their place in the top 10, but a slide occurred, losing five on the trot and conceding 15 in the process – their only win between early October to mid-January came against United. The most promising form of 2022/23 fell a couple of months back when they lost the solitary time in six, but a turgid rut of eight defeats in nine recently forced them to the brink of relegation. Against the odds, a critical 0-1 win at promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers in midweek gives the side in 22nd hope – but a further loss either against the U’s or Oxford United could be fatal.

Equipped with a dogged 4-2-3-1 approach as well as the sporadic tinkering of three-at-the-back, Stanley have both a bulk of experience on top of some youthful essence. Burnley loanee Lukas Jensen’s nine clean sheets could prove crucial, the smart shot stopper should have knowledgeable 34-year-old Michael Nottingham ahead of him, who marshals the indispensable Harvey Rodgers and progressive Doug Tharme. Long-serving Seamus Conneely wears his heart on his sleeve and always adds tenacity for fellow midfielder Ethan Hamilton, who’s popped up with four league strikes. Star man Sean McConville is an integral component, he’s creeping closer to his 450th appearance in red – the game changer will look to link up with the accomplished Shaun Whalley, Scotland forward Aaron Pressley and former U Matt Lowe, who awaits his first goal in League One.

Form Guide

Accrington Stanley: LLLLW

Cambridge United: WDWLL

United’s Approach

Despite succumbing to back-to-back defeats last weekend after being overpowered 3-1 at title-chasing Plymouth Argyle, United still have absolutely everything to fight for heading into a monumental week.

Under the cosh from the get go after Callum Wright laced home an early opener, the visitors battled valiantly to level proceedings heading into the break thanks to the on-song Sam Smith. Although the men in blue arguably edged the first 45, the blistering Pilgrims roared ahead via Joe Edwards and Niall Ennis to seal the encounter.

Reflecting on the performance levels, the Head Coach said, “The players have worked their socks off. It was always going to be a tough game when it was game three at the end of this week - probably the toughest one at the end… we lost to a really good side today."

Due to fellow relegation rivals Oxford United and Stanley claiming morale-boosting victories in midweek, United slip to 23rd in the table with a game in hand. Four points from 19th, wins will be needed over the next week if the U’s want to extend their third tier adventure for a third season. Playing against opponents in-and-around them and finding their goalscoring touch at the perfect time, the group approach the final hurdle with hunger.

Highlighting the significance of the season-defining set of three, Bonner stated in his pre-match press conference that, "We’ve got to this position and now it’s down to us to win games to get across the line. Whether it’s two, three wins we need, who knows? But certainly we’ve got to try to start that on Saturday with a really positive result to set us up for the final two.

"The situation is still the same – if we win our games we’ll be alright. That’s a tough task in itself. To win the next game is going to be a really tough task. To win two of three is going to be a really tough task, but in some senses, yes it is in our hands."

In regards to team news for Saturday, Lloyd Jones i not ruled out – Bonner is hopeful the defender will recover from a groin injury to feature as soon as possible. Elsewhere, full-back George Williams is unlikely to play again this season owing due to a knee problem.


Accrington Stanley Wins: 7

Cambridge United Wins: 3

Draws: 3

Down Memory Lane

The last time we met, Stanley stole the points with a tight 0-1 success on a November afternoon with very little action at the Abbey Stadium.

Despite going into the encounter winless in seven, the visitors claimed maximum points thanks to Harvey Rodgers’ close-range conversion on the stroke of half-time to cancel out the U’s hopes of a fourth successive clean sheet.

Speaking to the press after the whistle, Bonner admitted: "The game wasn't a good game, I thought it was a really poor level, probably signified by the goal we concede, which makes the second half a lot more difficult. We've got to do some work there and make sure we improve, because at the minute, we're a team that's finding it very hard."

Analysing the recent trends, United have failed taste victory at the Wham Stadium in their six attempts – losing five and drawing on one occasion back in April 2016. Since 2017, Coleman’s men have impressively kept four clean sheets, with the U’s only triumph in that time coming last season when Smith and Wes Hoolahan rose the team up to 14th.


Referee: Rebecca Welch

Assistant Referee: Mark Cunliffe

Assistant Referee: Gary Hilton

Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett

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Match Reports

U's stand firm to pick up massive win in Accrington

29 April 2023

Cambridge United gained three precious Sky Bet League One points as they edged out relegation rivals Accrington Stanley 1-2 at the Wham Stadium...

Following a cagey introduction, the U’s gained the opener on the stroke of the break through the man for the big occasion, Harrison Dunk, who stabbed home. During a rampant period on the hour mark, they capitalised when it mattered through George Thomas, whose cool finish meant that Aaron Pressley’s penalty would prove to be just a consolation, with the visitors leaving Lancashire knowing destiny is in their own hands.

Under no illusions, the final week of the 2022/23 season would be a monumental one for both Accrington and the U’s, who sat in 22nd and 23rd respectively. The hosts had lost eight of their previous nine prior to a morale-boosting midweek victory, whereas the visitors were eager to bridge the three-point gap by returning to winning ways.

In response to the defeat at title-chasing Plymouth Argyle a week earlier, Mark Bonner named two changes to his XI - re-introducing Harrison Dunk and Jack Lankester to the fold as he tinkered with formation to attack the game.

Buoyed by exceptional backings from all four corners of the ground, the encounter started in a cagey manner, with the outfits biding time to find their feet.

The first opportunity fell the way of the U’s on the 7th minute when an excellent one-two and cross from the right by James Brophy floated to Sam Smith who, from inside the area, headed at the gloves of Lukas Jensen.

Attempting to utilise their strength in the air, the hosts remained a handful. They conjured up a scare on 13 when Doug Tharme’s long throw found its way to Sean McConville, who picked out a clean volley towards goal but the lack of pace meant it was meat and drink for an alert Dimitar Mitov.

Scampering into the final third, Liam Bennett teed up Brophy five minutes later, who executed a defence-splitting pass to Harvey Knibbs, with the attacker matching and directing an attempt from close range which forced a corner.

Mitov dealt with a close shave on the eve of the half an hour mark when McConville’s cross was headed towards the roof of the net by Pressley, with the Bulgarian catching before it could creep in.

A sense of déjà vu occurred moments later when the same provider picked out Stanley’s number 20, whose header arrowed agonisingly wide thanks to a vital United deflection.

After claiming in a useful area, Brophy cut inside and picked his spot after space opened up on 37, rifling an attempt inches past Jensen’s right post.

With half time looming, United clawed the opener they craved when Conor McGrandles’ corner invitingly fell to Dunk who was in the right place at the right time to stab under the crossbar and hand his men an invaluable goal.

Coming out of the blocks firing, the men in blue went close on several attempts through McGrandles on 48, whose low drove from the edge of the six-yard box was stopped by the legs of Jensen, and Brophy, who laced towards goal but was denied by Tharme’s header near the line.

Just two minutes after coming on, Thomas capitalised on the dominant surge by scoring his first in United colours after being played in down the left from Knibbs, before showing immense composure to slot towards the corner to produce pandemonium.

Roaring them on at every moment, the encounter was almost out of sight on 75 when Fejiri Okenabirhie’s venomous strike sailed over the crossbar, before Thomas was unlucky not to grab his brace after an excellent Jensen save from a matter of yards denied him.

On 81, Stanley were awarded a penalty after Michael Morrison tripped Shaun Whalley. Remaining composed, Pressley lashed at the post, which creeped in past a helpless Mitov.

Cooking up a storm, John Coleman’s men forced a goal line scramble in the dying embers of stoppage time, with what seemed a plethora of shots blocked with last-ditched denials from the committed U’s, who had done enough to secure a significant three points and ensure a key stride towards their safety attempts.

Up next, United make their final journey of the League One season on Wednesday night (3rd May) when they travel to the Pirelli Stadium to do battle with Burton Albion. Whatever way you can, be sure to back the boys.


Accrington Stanley: Jensen, Rodgers, Nottingham, Tharme, Conneely (Coyle, 20’), Clark, Martin (Whalley, 70’), Hamilton, McConville (Longelo, 46’), Lowe (Butler-Oyedeji, 46’), Pressley

Subs Not Used: Savin, Sangare, Nolan

Goalscorers: Pressley (82’)

Bookings: Coyle


Cambridge United: Mitov, L. Bennett, Morrison, R. Bennett, Dunk, Digby, McGrandles, Brophy (Seddon, 87’), Lankester (Thomas, 61’), Knibbs (Okenabirhie, 72’), Smith (Ironside, 87’)

Subs Not Used: Mannion, O’Neil, Okedina

Goalscorers: Dunk (43’), Thomas (63’)

Bookings: Lankester, Digby


Referee: Rebecca Welch

Attendance: 4484 (652 away fans)



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Ticket News

Tickets: Accrington Stanley (A)

11 April 2023

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Ticket information for United's Saturday 29th April game at Accrington Stanley has been confirmed...

The U's have been allocated 563 seated tickets which are on sale at the following prices. 

Studio Stand:

Adults (18-63) Seniors (64+) & Students 12-17 years Under 12  
£20 £15 £10 £5  

Wheelchair users are to pay the relevant terrace price class and are entitled to a free Personal Assistant ticket. For wheelchair tickets, please call 01223 566500.

Supporters can buy their tickets online at, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Club Shop.

Four Away Credits will be issued upon purchasing tickets for this fixture, which are used to prioritise away ticket sales for games where demand is likely to exceed capacity. More information on Away Credits and the importance of linking online accounts with friends and family, please use the tabs below.

Away credits are allocated to the supporter who a ticket was assigned to – if this was not done at the point of purchase, this will have been assigned to the ticket buyer and cannot be reassigned to other supporters retrospectively.

Away credits are allocated per person, per game. Buying multiple tickets for a game in one name will not generate additional credits.

Supporters are strongly advised to use existing ticketing accounts and linked contacts, as creating new accounts or contacts will see past purchases and credits removed.

Season Ticket Holders should use their existing ticketing account to purchase all away tickets, if new accounts are created, eligibility criteria will be affected.

Supporters are advised to link accounts with other supporters who they may wish to purchase tickets for this season.

Allocating tickets to linked accounts will ensure away credits are allocated correctly. Supporters can link accounts with others by visiting the my account section of, edit my details, request new link.

It is extremely important that supporters use the exact email addresses that appear on linked supporters existing accounts to prevent account duplication and deletion.

​Season Ticket Holders should use their existing ticketing account in which their Season Ticket is stored. (My account > My current tickets).

Fans should please note that tickets for all of the Club's remaining league games are now on sale. Please click here for more information.

For further information or assistance, please email, call 01223 566500 or tweet @cufc_to.

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