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Match Preview: Cambridge Utd vs Accrington Stanley

18 February 2022

Following two away games on the bounce, United are back at the Abbey Stadium this weekend (19th February)...


Mark Bonner and his men, fresh off the back off a Tuesday-free week for the first time since the turn of the year, will be aiming to go one further this weekend, following an entertaining draw at the Pirelli Stadium last Saturday.

Cambridge United form: DLLLD

Despite falling behind twice in the game and looking like being condemned to a fourth straight defeat, United battled back well through Harvey Knibbs in the first half and later Sam Smith after 72 minutes.

Prior to Saturday’s draw, a depleted U’s side were beaten by Gillingham – with Vadaine Oliver scoring the game’s only goal after 87 minutes.

John O’Sullivan was on hand to score his first of the season and the opener in Accrington’s win over Oxford United a week and a half ago – firing in from the edge of the area – before Ethan Hamilton wrapped up the three points and Accy’s first win of 2022 in additional time, while in turn condemning Karl Robinson’s side to their first defeat in four matches.

Accrington Stanley form: LDLWW

John Coleman’s men stand in good stead to improve on their 11th placed finish last season after comfortably seeing off Crewe Alexandra in their last outing. Ross Sykes’ brace either side of the half-time whistle, coupled with goals from Tommy Leigh and Sean McConville saw Accy move up to 12th; sitting just five points shy of 9thplaced Ipswich Town.

Down Memory Lane

August’s reverse clash at the Wham Stadium, the clubs’ first meeting in three years, saw Accy pick up their first League One win of the campaign after racing in to a 2-0 goal lead after half an hour. Despite a much improved second half from Mark Bonner’s men, which saw striker Joe Ironside half the deficit with ten minutes to play, United were unable to muster up a comeback.


United wins: 2     Draws: 3     Accrington wins: 6

Fans may remember Mark Angel, Darren Quinton and Darren Bridges all scoring in a dominant Cambridge United opening 45 back in 2005, when United ran out 3-1 winners over an Accrington side that would go onto the be crowned Conference National champions later that season.

That win in August 2005 proved to be one of only two wins for the U’s over Saturday’s visitors since the turn of the century, with United’s only other win coming in an action packed clash at the Abbey Stadium in 2016, whereby two red cards and two Will Norris penalty saves in additional time saw Shaun Derry’s U’s hold on for a 2-1 win in League Two.


Quick Quotes

U’s Head Coach Mark Bonner was respectful of the job John Coleman’s done at Accrington:

“John Coleman has done an unbelievable job there, they are now a well-established League One side – well deserving of their position and are very often in the top half, despite losing some of their best players.

“They're a great model for smaller clubs with small resources to look at and to try and emulate because they are well established team.

“I’m full of respect for the job they've done and continue to do and we know how difficult the game will be, but it's a game that we’ve got to go and try and get the upper hand in.”

John Coleman is wary of the threat that the U’s pose:

“Our focus quickly shifted to Cambridge and they will pose their own problems, they are a good side.

“I thought they did well when they came here, that was a game that could have gone either way.

“They have had some impressive results and taken to League One really well. It sounds cliché but every team in this league poses you problems and you have got to deal with them.”


Lee Swaby has been appointed as referee for Saturday afternoon’s Sky Bet League One clash between The U’s and Accrington Stanley at the Abbey Stadium.

He will be assisted by Adrian Tranter and Garry Maskell. The fourth official will be Darren Blunden.

How to Watch

Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash kicks-off at 3pm, with tickets still available for fans to buy.

Save money by purchasing your tickets in-advance of the fixture, as all prices increase by £2 when buying in-person on the day of the game. Please view advance prices below:

Advance Match Ticket Prices

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International U’s will be able stream the action live with an iFollow Match Pass. Match Passes cost £10 and are available to purchase by clicking here.

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Kick off 15:00 (UK)

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