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Match Preview: U's vs Posh

13 April 2023

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Pride and points are at stake for both Cambridge United and Peterborough United at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they lock horns in the heavily-anticipated Cambridgeshire derby...

For the first time since 2001, CB5 will grace a league clash between the two rivals. Adding to the occasion, the sides at opposite ends of the table have everything to fight for.

Thanks to an unbeaten streak of three games, the U’s have matched their best form of the Sky Bet League One season and, with the gap from safety at just three points, they’ll look to utilise home advantage and take the next step towards their escape - as well as gaining some bragging rights over the play-off hopefuls in the process.

How to Watch

Saturday afternoon’s all-ticket fixture, which kicks off at 12:30pm, is expected to be played in-front of a sell-out crowd. With the Newmarket Road End, Main Stand, North Habbin and the South Stand all sold-out, only tickets in the South Habbin remain available, which are extremely scarce.

Fans who have an existing ticketing account, and would like to attend the derby, can snap up one of the remaining few tickets online at, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office.

Supporters should please note that there are NO in-person sales on the day.

For the latest updates on re-sales becoming available, be sure to keep updated through the @cufc_to page on Twitter.

Not able to attend? Be sure to pick up your iFollow Match Pass so you can follow the U’s from all over the globe. Passes cost £10 and are available to purchase by clicking here.

Opposition Focus

Founded in 1934, Peterborough United were a dominant Midland League outfit before their election to the Football League in 1960. Since then, they’ve flirted with the upper echelons of English football numerous times, particularly in the last 15 years. In that time, Posh have secured four promotions, with a Championship stay proving short-lived last season. This successful era has spearheaded by Darren Ferguson, who in January returned for a fourth spell at the helm and has immediately changed fortunes. They’ll look to rubber stamp their top six credentials this weekend and secure the double over the U’s.

Importantly, Posh had no hangover to nurse in the opening weeks as they secured four wins from their opening five, thumping 12 in the process. On the contrary, they then tasted defeat in four successive matches, critically against now-promotion rivals Derby County and Bolton Wanderers. The streaky side stepped on the gas and lost just once in their following eight, but the reverse victory against the U’s was backed up by a winless run of five heading into the Christmas schedule. Following a 0-3 thumping at home to Wycombe Wanderers, Grant McCann was relieved of his duties, sparking a three-game winning run before they built on a 0-3 success at Morecambe with a 5-2 dismantling of Plymouth Argyle. Posh, who have remained in the top 10 all season, are enjoying a six-match unbeaten run and remarkably kept four successive clean sheets prior to Monday. Building up steam at the right time, the side sit in 5th and have no ambitions of surrendering their two-point cushion.

Switching between a 4-2-3-1 or the tried and trusted old-school 4-4-2 setup, Posh are a cohesive, brave unit who, with a final third threat that has executed 71 league goals, force opponents to sit back and, crucially, know what it takes to succeed at this level. Familiar face Will Norris has become an instant favourite, with centre-back pairing Ronnie Edwards and Frankie Kent the first source of attack thanks to their ball-playing abilities. Jack Taylor and Oliver Norburn complement each other extremely well and conduct the midfield with real authority, while Joe Ward and Ephron Mason-Clark are creative sparks out wide – they’ve combined for 29 goals between them. Exciting forward options Kwame Poku and Ricky Jade-Jones pose problems on a regular basis and learn lots from star striker Jonson Clarke-Harris’ glittering prowess.

Form Guide

Cambridge United: LLWWD

Peterborough United: WWDWW

United’s Approach

The U’s go into the encounter with their tails up and undoubtedly relishing the final run-in after sparking late delirium at Bolton Wanderers on Easter Monday to earn themselves a well-deserved 1-1 draw.

Despite coming up against a buoyed promotion-chasing outfit, United showed no fear and were equally courageous to keep the Trotters at bay for a second time. Although Dimitar Mitov made an excellent save, Declan John was on hand to plummet home mid-way through the second half, forcing the visitors to stay firm defensively. After seeing out some close shaves, they capitalised through Sam Smith in the dying embers, who poked home for his 10th of the campaign and a potentially vital point.

Enthralled with how his side adapted and ultimately rose to the occasion, Bonner said: “I thought we contained them brilliantly for the majority of the game… It’s a super result, and really important to take four points from the weekend, and the gap be no wider at the end of today than it was at the start - I think that’s really important going into the last six games.”

As mentioned, United importantly didn’t sink any further from their target thanks to the point. Now up to 22nd, they’ve chosen the perfect time to pick up form with the sides around them looming anxiously. Accrington Stanley, who they still have to play, have won one in eight, whereas Oxford United last won in late January. With a game in hand over MK Dons too, there’s plenty of life left in the U’s yet.

Rallying his troops, Bonner’s message to the press on Thursday morning was: “We need to be really connected to the game emotionally and understand what it means to people, what it means to us and the level we’re going to need to be competitive and to try and win the game.”

In regards to team news, January signing George Thomas looks likely to be available for selection after recovering from his ankle injury. Late checks will be made on a couple of U’s men who picked up knocks on Monday, whilst Liam O’Neil is edging closer to a return to action and George Williams is ruled out for at least two weeks owing to a knee injury.


Cambridge United Wins: 14

Peterborough United Wins: 17

Draws: 11

Down Memory Lane

When the fixtures were released in June, the trip to London Road was one of the first dotted in the calendar for the United faithful. In October’s encounter, it was Posh who secured a narrow 1-0 victory.

An unfortunate own goal in the early stages was enough to separate the sides. Despite being presented with some good chances, the U’s couldn’t grab a share of the spoils in front of an atmosphere for the ages.

Reflecting on the defeat, the Head Coach summed the 90 minutes up with an encouraging statement: “I think what probably displays the level of performance is that 2000 people cheer us and sing us off the pitch, because they know that if you give that level and you leave everything out there, you give yourself a great chance in the game.”

Determined to break a rut against the visitors - which is stretched to a winless run of seven league games - the U’s are out to secure their first three points against Peterborough since April 1998 when, in front of a crowd of 5445, a long-range strike from Michael Kyd confirmed a 1-0 success at this weekend’s venue. 25 years on, it’s time for new heroes to be made.


Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistant Referee: Stephen Finch

Assistant Referee: Sian Massey-Ellis

Fourth Official: Aji Ajibola

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Match Reports

U's revel in Derby Day delight

15 April 2023

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Cambridge United picked up another crucial three points towards their Sky Bet League One survival pursuit after recording a memorable 2-0 victory over rivals Peterborough United at the Abbey Stadium...

Coming out of the blocks with confidence, the U’s restricted Posh to little throughout the first half and were rewarded on the brink of the whistle when astute servant Harrison Dunk took the roof of the ground, before Sam Smith bagged for the fourth game in a row shortly after the hour mark to help win the battle of Cambridgeshire.

For the first time since 2001, CB5 graced a league clash between the bitter rivals. Adding to the occasion, this had so much at stake for the sides at opposite ends of the table. Play-off chasing Posh were unbeaten in six and boasted a watertight defence, whilst the U’s were enjoying a three-game unbeaten run, matching their best form of the season. With the gap from safety at three points, they looked to utilise home advantage and take the next step towards their escape, as well as gaining some bragging rights in the process.

Following the resolute draw at Bolton Wanderers five days earlier, Mark Bonner named two changes to his starting XI as he opted for more of an attacking approach. Returning to a four-man defence, Lloyd Jones and Steve Seddon made way for Jack Lankester and Harrison Dunk, with George Thomas returning to the squad for the first time in two months.

In front of a deafening atmosphere, both sides started in committed fashion, with the visitors orchestrating the first attempt on the 7th minute through Ephron Mason-Clark - who raced down the left and teed up Jonson Clarke-Harris, who fiercely pulled the trigger from under 25 yards but lashed over Dimitar Mitov’s crossbar.

Enjoying their fair share of opportunities, the U’s plugged away to up their shot tally, but each and every time they were prevented by blocks from Posh defenders. Nonetheless, the application had been exemplary.

Although lacking in clear-cut attempts, the cagey affair needed just one moment to immediately change the complexity. Both ex-U Will Norris and Mitov continued to collect dangerous deliveries to keep the game in deadlock.

The best opportunity of the encounter fell to Mason-Clark on the 36th minute when he was released in-behind from a floated pass, outmuscled Liam Bennett and unleashed a strike from the left of the penalty area past the post.

With one of the last kicks of the half, Dunk scampered down the left and won a valuable corner. What happened next will live in United folklore. Following Conor McGrandles’ cross, the ball was flicked on to the U’s full-back who poked home from a matter of yards to unleash pandemonium and rock the Abbey.

Carrying on with the momentum they picked up prior to the break, United peppered with the Posh backline and almost forced a second on 48 when L. Bennett’s deep cross was towards the head of Jack Lankester, but Norris was there to claim.

Five minutes later, the free-flowing Lankester dispossessed in the middle of the park, roamed forwards and picked his spot from distance, but it arrowed inches wide of the left post.

On the hour mark, a pass back from Dan Butler to the opposing goalkeeper was nearly matched by a scampering Harvey Knibbs, who got a touch to Norris’ clearance but it rebounded off the attacker and wide.

A heart-in-mouth moment occurred on 65 when Nathanael Ogbeta was picked out down the left, who drilled towards the corner but was denied by Mitov’s smart and crucial stop.

Straight down the other end, L. Bennett picked out a delightful low cross which fell to the in-form Smith who fired at the post, before it slowly creeped in for his 40th goal in amber to send the Newmarket Road End delirious and hand the hosts the two-goal advantage.

The blistering few moments concluded with a match-defining stop from Mitov after Jack Taylor was left alone in the six-yard box, headed towards goal but couldn’t pass the inspired Bulgarian.

From here, Bonner picked his substitutes to perfection, who helped see the game out with real determination as they recorded a first league victory over the Posh in 25 years on. With a desirable performance like that, it was well worth the wait.

Walking off the field to a tumultuous applause and with coconuts in their ears, the U’s had picked up steam at the perfect time.

Up next, the Abbey action continues on Tuesday evening (18th April) as United pit their wits against play-off chasing Wycombe Wanderers  - be sure to back the boys in their bid for survival.


Cambridge United: Mitov, L. Bennett, Morrison, R. Bennett, Dunk, Digby, McGrandles, Knibbs (Tracey, 76), Lankester (Okedina, 79), Brophy (Okenabirhie, 79), Smith (Ironside, 84)

Subs Not Used: Mannion, Seddon, Thomas

Goalscorers: Dunk (45+3’), Smith (66’)

Bookings: Lankester


Peterborough United: Norris, Thompson (Knight, 73), Kent (Butler, 56), Edwards, Ogbeta, Burrows (Kyprianou, 56), Norburn (Randall, 81), Taylor, Mason-Clark, Poku (Tshimanga, 73), Clarke-Harris

Subs Not Used: Blackmore, Thompson


Bookings: Kent, Taylor


Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 7711 (1473 away fans)

Man of the Match: Dunk

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