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- Cambridge 4
- Harriers 1
- Anthony Malbon fires Harriers ahead in the 30th minute
- U's draw level in the 42nd minute thanks to Josh Coulson's massively deflected effort
- Ryan Bird fires U's ahead in the 53rd minute and Delano Sam-Yorke bags a third two minutes later
- Luke Berry's penalty in seals Harriers's defeat
- HARRIERS tackle second-placed Cambridge at The Abbey Stadium today (3pm ko)
- Keep up with all the action with The Shuttle's live match updates
It is over! It had all looked so good until Cambridge levelled just before half-time.
Credit to Cambridge to took the game by the scruff of the neck but Harriers' a.reasy fragile confidence will have taken an almighty kick after this chastening defeat.
Thanks for sticking with me. See you all at Wrexham!
Nice finish from Pugh at far post after a good cross from Austin Mitchell.
Goal! Pugh! Cambridge 5, Harriers 1
Another change for home side as Andy Pugh replaces Ryan Donaldson.
Josh O'Keefe is replaced by Callum Gittings.
Goal! Like Berry slams effort straight down the middle. Harriers trail 4-1.
Penalty to Cambridge! Dunkley is very unlucky to be punished as Arnold goes to ground under little pressure.
76- Phew! Cambridge fail to clear a Storer corner and Gowling hooks a shot goalwards but it flies just wide.
Second change for U's as Ryan Bird is replaced by Mitchell Auston.
75- Nathan Arnold is booked for diving after a challenge by Gowling.
Today's attendance is 2528 with 176 Harriers fans.
67- Amari Morgan-Smith does well to hold up the ball and fires in a shot which the keeper takes easily.
65- Anthony Malbon races onto a pass on right side of box but his shot is saved by Norris.
I forgot to mention that Ryan Rowe has replaced Jack Byrne in the 59th minute. Sorry folks!
Harriers have chances. Cieslewicz sees an effort from edge of box saved comfortably by keeper. Lee Vaughan then has an effort fly past the far post.
Delano Sam-Yorke scores from a very tight angle after getting the better of Dunkley on the right.
Goal! Sam Yorke! Camb 3, Harriers 1
Oh dear. Chey Dunkley's pass falls to Liam Hughes, who plays a good ball to Sam-Yorke. He spins, delivers a great cross which hits Bird on the head and flies into back of the net.
Goal! Cambridge 2, Harriers 1
Change for home side as Liam Hugghes replaced Tom Champion.
50- Cambridge seeing more of the ball. Harriers may be hoping to hit hosts on the break.
Chance! Josh Gowling breaks away from his marker at a Storer free-kick but his header is off target.
46- Ryan Bird drives a shot into Harriers' side netting.
Harriers have dropped down to tenth in the Skrill Premier, illiustrating how tight the race for the play-offs are.
That is the break! Malbon's goal injected much-needed life into the game. But Andy Thorn will be frustrated by his team's defending at the corner and the bad luck which has got Cambridge back into the match.
it will be interesting to which team has the momentum in the second half.
Correction. Looks as though Coulson's shot came off Josh O'Keefe not Vaughan. Has anyone seen my glasses?
Harriers fail to clear a corner. Sam-Yorke holds up ball well and finds Josh Coulson, who lashes in a shot which takes a big deflection off Lee Vaughan to fly into back of the net.
At this moment in time Harriers are back in the play-off spots.
Dunkley is forcedl head the ball behind for a Camb corner!
40- Luke Berry tries a 30-yard shot but it was way off target.
39- Nathan Arnold races to byline and pulls the ball back, it ricochets off a defender for a U's corner. The delivery is not great and Dunkley heads away.
Yellow card for Adrian Cieslewicz.
35- Harriers on the back foot as Camb search for a response. Ryan Donaldson's free-kick from the right is too long much to the frustration of home fans.
That goal was Malbon's seventh of the season and first since the 5-3 hammering of Tamworth. It will do his confidence a world of good.
Cambridge try to hit back and Ryan Bird's effort from the edge of the box flies over the bar.
Well done Anthony Malbon! Adrian Cieslewicz gets past Greg Taylor, races to the byline and pulls ball back to the striker, who fires home a first time effort.
26- It is fair to say that nothing has happened, both teams look short in self belief in the final third. But I suspect in Harriers can conjure up a goal they could win this match.
21- Harriers put together an okay move. Anthony Malbon plays the ball down the right to Vaughan, who produces a lovely cross which keeper Will Norris gets a hand to.
20- It is very cagey. Cambridge are clearly low on confidence after their poor run of results in the Skrill Premier. The U's don't score many goals bit are very solid.
18- Kyle Storer puts in a great challenge to dispossess Sam-Yorke on edge of box.
15- Ryan Donaldson tries a deft lofted pass but Nathan Vaughan gobbles it up comfortably.
13- Lee Vaughan does well to race back and close in on Sam-Yorke as he races down the left. The striker dithers and sees his effort blocked Blythe tenacious defender.
9- A bright move from Harriers. Amari Morgan-Smith and Storer combine and Adrian Cieslewicz delivers a cross which goes out of play.
7- Lee Vaughan wins a corner.
Kyle Storer's delivery is a good one but the ball whips through the box. A cross is delivered from the left but Dunkley is offside.
6- So far a quiet start for both sides. U's are seeing more of ball but no chances to speak of.
U's boss Richard Money makes five changes from the team which lost at Braintree.
The dangerous Delano Sam-Yorke goes straight into the side after being recalled from Lincoln. Harriers fans will remember the striker caused the Kiddy defence all sorts of problems in their 2-0 loss at the Imps two weeks ago.
Matthew Barnes-Homer has been sent on loan to Tamworth, while Liam Hughes and Andy Pugh and have been dropped to bench. Tom Bonner and Kevin Roberts miss out completely. In come Ian Miller, Nathan Arnold, Richard Tait and Ryan Donaldson.
Cambridge: Norris, Taylor, Coulson, Miller, Donaldson, Champion, Tait, Berry, Sam-Yorke, Arnold, Bird.
Subs: Sullivan, Pugh, Austin, Hughes, Gillies.
Referee: Justin Emery.
One change for Harriers as Lee Vaughan returns from his ban to play at right back. Danny Jackman switches to left-back and Mickey Demetriou drops to bench.
Harriers: N Vaughan, L Vaughan, Storer, Dunkley, Byrne, Malbon, Jackman, Morgan-Smith, O'Keefe, Cieslewicz, Gowling.
Subs: Lewis, Demetriou, Gittings, Rowe, Aloi.
Cambridge have recalled Delano Sam-Yorke from Lincoln. The winger caused Harriers' defence havoc when playing for Lincoln United a fortnight ago.
Just watching Harriers warm-up but there are some squad developments for Cambridge.
Ex-Harriers striker Matthew Barnes-Homer, who has only signed from Forest Green in January, has been sent on loan to Tamworth.
I have arrived! It is a lovely sunny day in Cambridge. No team news yet but I will keep you posted.
Good morning Harriers fans. A big game for Harriers today. If Andy Thorn's men pull off a good result at second-placed U's it will confirm Kiddy's play-off push is back on track.
I will be back about 2pm with all the build-up to the clash.
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