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Match Preview: Cambridge Utd vs Gillingham

27 September 2021

Match Previews

Match Preview: Cambridge Utd vs Gillingham

27 September 2021

United will look to build upon Saturday's draw against Fleetwood as they welcome Gillingham to the Abbey this Tuesday...


Mark Bonner’s men come into this fixture off the back of an entertaining draw with Simon Grayson’s Fleetwood Town – a game in which The U’s found themselves behind after just two minutes, and despite Adam May and Shilow Tracey striking either side of the half-time whistle to turn the affair around – they were unable to hold out for the three points following an impressive maiden goal from Patrick Lane, earning the visitors a point.

Cambridge United Form: WLWWD

Prior to Saturday’s clash, Cambridge United had been enjoying a draw-less spell which saw The U’s win five of their previous seven games, only falling to defeats against Championship Millwall and an impressive Lincoln City side during the run.

A towering header from Joe Ironside, as well as a thunderous volley from Liam O’Neil sealed the three points against Portsmouth a fortnight ago, earning Mark Bonner’s side their first ever win at Fratton Park, having failed in eight previous attempts.

Kent’s only Football League representatives arrive at the Abbey Stadium having failed to win in any of their previous five League One outings, only tasting victory this month in an EFL Trophy tie against Colchester United.

Gillingham Form: WDLDD

Despite boasting an arsenal of consistent goal scorers at this level, Steve Evans’ side have struggled to find their goalscoring touch this season, only managing to muster up more than one goal in a single game on one occasion – in the Gills’ only League One win against Morecambe in August, winning 2-1 on the day.

Most recently, despite facing 25 shots and having less than 30% of the ball, Steve Evans’ men held on for a point at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday thanks to Alex MacDonald’s strike against his former employers, cancelling out Matty Taylor’s opener for the hosts. Before that, an own goal prevented the Gills’ from tasting defeat against Charlton, after Elliot Lee had originally given the visitors the lead after 18 minutes.

Down Memory Lane:

The U’s and Gills have battled it out on 22 occasions throughout history, with the Kent based side boasting a greater record over Mark Bonner’s men – winning on 13 occasions, with United winning on seven.

A Paul Mullin penalty, followed by a great Luke Hannant strike from 25-yards out in the second half was enough for The U’s to progress through to the Papa John’s Round of 16 the last time the two sides clashed in December 2020. Mark Bonner’s side would then go onto get knocked out in the next round – losing 1-0 to Oxford United.

The last time the two sides faced off in the league came back in October 1999, where Andy Thomson’s brace earned the Gills a 2-1 win over Roy McFarland’s U’s in a Division Two clash.

Quick Quotes:

Despite struggling to find many wins this season, U’s boss Mark Bonner is expecting a tough challenge against Gillingham: “At the moment they will be trying to find that steppingstones to winning performances but at the same time, they are showing themselves to be a really tough team to beat and a tough nut to crack. Some good sides of the failed to do that so far this season, so we know that that they will give us a challenge.     

“We just need to know how we take that next step against them – firstly how we can be competitive in the game as they are a physical team that will give us a lot of challenges and make us defend our box, and secondly, how can we convert the chances we get and try to be dominant for long periods of the game.”

Gills’ manager Steve Evans is expecting an equally tough game against Cambridge United on Tuesday: “A real tough game. Cambridge are an excellent team and that was demonstrated with a 2-1 win away at Portsmouth last week. We will work on the training ground to prepare for another tough game. There were six draws in League One [at the weekend] and only an injury time soft penalty prevented it from being seven, so that shows clearly how close and tough this league is.”


Following refereeing in Shrewsbury Town’s 2-1 in over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, James Bell will head up The U’s clash with Gillingham on Tuesday. In a relatively quiet game for the Yorkshire born official, goals from Luke Leahy and Daniel Udoh sealed a comeback win for the Shrews, after Dapo Mebude had originally given the visitors the lead.

James Bell’s last U’s game came back in October of last season, sending off Jake Hesketh late on in Crawley Town’s 2-1 win over The U’s.

Stephen Finch and Daniel Bonneywell have been appointed as the game’s asistants, with Charles Breakspear overseeing the clash as fourth official.


The clash kicks off at 7:45pm on Tuesday 28th September and tickets available online, over the phone by calling 01223 566500 (option 1) or by visiting the Abbey Stadium Ticket Office.

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