Cambridge Citys bid to be in the promotion mix at the end of the season is now really gathering momentum as they comfortably overcame the challenge of Hartley Wintney.
On paper, the match was going to be hard fought contest. City went into the match in sixth position whilst the visitors arrived two places above the Lilywhites and in decent form, with one of their latest victories coming against current leaders, AFC Rushden & Diamonds. But the reality is that City simply blew them away with a performance which was arguably one of their best in the league this season.
City boss Robbie Nightingale was able to name Ebby Nelson-Addy in the starting line-up. Whilst Ross Paterson filled in at left back ahead of Adam Capel who started on the bench. Also on the bench was Ben Seymour-Shove who made way for Salim Relizani.
The match started as many observers thought it would with both sides cancelling each other out. However, the visitors had a glorious opportunity to take the lead when Paul Hodges got on the end of a cross, but his effort was well saved by Josh Bexon in the City goal.
City were not creating too much at this stage, and the closest they came was when Ryan Sharman had a header at the far post which went just over the bar.
The deadlock was broken when the visitors struggled to get the ball clear, and when it came back in Jordan Williams was first to react and glanced a header past Paul Strudley to give City the lead.
That lead was extended moments after half-time. The impressive Nelson-Addy broke free and set-up James Hall who made no mistake to put the ball past Strudley for Citys second.
The game was now turning into a one sided contest as City were piling forward at every opportunity, and Hall went close again when he met a Ryan Towner corner and was denied by a fine stop from Strudley.
As one sided as it was, City were momentarily stung as Jake Baxter met a cross and his header went under Bexon to bring the visitors back into the contest.
However, the thoughts that Hartley Wintney could pull level evaporated when City broke with pace and when the ball broke to Ryan Towner, the City midfielder made no mistake to restore the two goal advantage.
Like the second goal it was the Nelson-Adddy/Hall combination as the City striker was once again played in and fired home the fourth goal for the Lilywhites.
With still plenty of minutes left in the game, City went looking for more goals and when Ben Robinson put in a great ball, it just alluded a City player otherwise the Lilywhites would have surely increased the lead. Then, Robinson was guilty of missing a chance when he linked up with substitute Ben Seymour-Shove but his effort was well saved.
Robinson then provided Ryan Sharman with another great ball in, but the top scorer was unable to get on the act as his header hit the post. There was still time for another substitute, Lewis Wilson, to miss a couple of opportunities, but it didnt matter as City cruised to victory.
The promotion run-in now focusses on the home game with Chalfont St Peter on Monday night and with seven games to go, City are six points off an automatic promotion spot, and now six games unbeaten. One way or another, you just feel that the Lilywhites have hit form at the right time and their fans may just yet be in for a grandstand finish to the season.
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