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 Cambridge City 7  Arlesey Town 3
 Lewis Wilson (9)
 Mason Spence (15)
 Ryan Sharman (30, 47)
 Tom Knowles (Pen 54, 62, 65)
 
 Tony Williams (11, 80, 90)
 
Starting Line-Up
1  Niall Conroy
2  Ben Robinson
3  Mason Spence
4  Buster Harradine
5  Jordan Gent
6  Ian Miller (c)
7  Salim Relizani
8  Ryan Towner
9  Lewis Wilson
10  Ryan Sharman
11  Tom Knowles
Substitutes
12  Ollie Snaith - 9 (64)
14  Ross Paterson
15  Nathan Olukanmi - 9 (64)
16  Mark Coulson - 3 (73)
17  Neil Midgley
Competition
Date
Mon 23rd Oct 2017
Bookings
   Bill Plumpton (53)
Other Information
 Referee
Hallam Cutmore (Peterborough)
Assistants
Lewis Smith (St Neots)
Shaun Gregory (Peterborough)
 Attendance
156
Starting Line-Up
1  Dion Gibbs
2  Harlem Sambu
3  Luke Abraham (c)
4  Hamilton Bunga
5  Joe Steele
6  Ashley Farooqui
7  Phil Payne
8  Rafe Goodman
9  Tony Williams
10  Taz Andrews
11  Taylor Rhiney
Substitutes
12  Fabian Brown-Johnson - 10 (58)
14  Bill Plumpton - 6 (46)
15  Craig Packham - 4 (64)
16  Manny N'Daw
17  Tairo Tavares

Cambridge City produced a ruthless display as they put 7 past bottom club Arlesey Town.

The Lilywhites went into the game looking to extend their unbeaten league run to 8 games and also knowing any kind of victory would take them up to second in the table. The visitors arrived in the midst of a poor run that has seen them fall to the bottom of the league and with no goals since their 6-1 defeat at the hands of Hartley Wintney on 30 September.

The high tempo that had arguably been missing for City in recent matches was back from the outset and set the tone for the remainder of the match. It was Ben Robinson who created the first chance of the game when he produced a fine cross only for an equally fine save from Dion Gibbs who denied a header from Ryan Sharman.

Even with the game being in the early stages, you could tell that the Arlesey defence could be in for a busy night and the Lilywhites were unlucky not to open the scoring when Mason Spence pulled a great ball back across the six yard line and was unfortunate not to pick out a City shirt that would have surely given the home side the lead.

However, the deadlock was broken on the 9th minute mark. Jordan Gent met a cross with a towering header. The ball rebounded its way back to Lewis Wilson who had the simple task of smashing the ball home from close range.

Despite City having much of the play, it was the visitors who stunned the home crowd with a well worked equaliser. Ryan Towner got dispossessed in midfield, and City got caught on the break. A inch perfect ball picked out Tony Williams who, despite being almost crowded out by the City defence, showed good technique to force the ball past Conroy.

Parity didn’t last long though as left back Mason Spence was allowed too much space and tried his luck from distance and the effort went past the outstretched hand of Gibbs.

The Lilywhites were now all over the visitors and when Salim Relizani picked out Sharman to hammer home the third, the flood gates were poised to open with still 15 minutes left until half time.

Three could quite easily have become four when Relizani appeared to be upended in the box but the referee waved away the City appeals for a penalty.

The fourth for the home side came shortly after the re-start when a free kick was delivered deep to the back post for Ryan Sharman to head past Gibbs.

To their credit, Arlesey still looked decent going forward, and Luke Abraham was unlucky with an effort that just went over the bar.

It was all about City though and when Sharman was fouled in the box, the Lilywhites were given the opportunity for their fifth. After the missed spot kick by Lewis Wilson at Chalfont on Saturday it was left for Tom Knowles to step up who made no mistake in beating Gibbs.

That was the first of a 10 minute hat-trick for Knowles as 8 minutes later he converted his second when he was picked out at the back post for City’s sixth goal of the contest. Then the seventh and the hat-trick for Knowles came 3 minutes later when a sensational long range effort dipped under the bar past the outstretched hand of Gibbs. A goal, and a hat-trick, that deservedly gave him the man of the match award.

It was a rout for City but Arlesey perhaps took the gloss off the performance by scoring two late goals. First, a blunder from Niall Conroy invited Williams to slot home for his second of the game, and then moments before the final whistle, some sloppy City defending let in Williams again for his hat-trick.

But regardless, it was job done for City and mission complete for the Lilywhites in their quest to move up to second in the table. It may be temporary given a full midweek programme in the coming days but the league is surely taking note of the Lilywhites form which has seen them score 23 goals in their last four home games, with an unbeaten run that now stretches to 8 league games.

The Lilywhites take a break from league action this Saturday as they focus on the Buildbase FA Trophy with a first qualifying round fixture at home to Alvechurch.

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