Cambridge City have moved up to 8th in the table after recording their first home league victory of the season with a 1-0 win over Northwood.
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City boss Robbie Nightingale kept the same starting line-up that had seen off the challenge of St Neots in the last game to progress in the FA Cup. Meanwhile, the visitors arrived looking to keep a run of results going that has seen them only lose once in the league so far an opening day defeat against Hartley Wintney.
As has been the pattern in many of the games so far this season, City got off to a high tempo start and Mason Spence drew a fine save from Montel Joseph in the Northwood goal who tipped his effort over the bar. It was Spence again who had the next opening when his effort went wide of the post. The siege on the Northwood goal in the opening minutes continued when Tom Knowles saw his shot saved by Joseph.
Finally, the deadlock was broken on the 10th minute mark when Northwood couldnt clear a loose ball and it fell to Ross Paterson who fired through a crowd of players to give the Lilywhites the lead.
The tone of the opening exchanges gave the impression that there would be an avalanche of goals for the home side. However, and to their credit, Northwood began to creep back into the contest and it was the lively Evans Kouasssi who broke free only to see his shot go wide of the post.
Then, it was the turn of Mahlondo Martin to miss an opportunity as he nearly capitalised on a defensive error. Northwood went closer still when Mesach Williams forced Niall Conroy to tip his downward header up onto the bar.
City started the second half looking for the important second goal and it almost came when Mason Spence went on a run. Surging into the penalty area, he played a one-two with Salim Relizani, but his shot was eventually well saved by Joseph.
With City still having a slender lead, the game was still evenly balanced and there was a danger that Northwood may get back into the contest. However, it was the home side who had the next opening when Ryan Towner had a shot saved.
Then, it was the turn of Kouassi to try his luck from distance for Northwood, but his effort was gathered at the second attempt by Conroy.
Northwood then took advantage of some poor City defending when Pat Adamson showed good persistence, but his effort was clawed away by Conroy.
City boss Robbie Nightingale introduced Ollie Snaith at the expense of Ryan Sharman and he immediately gave some fresh impetus to the City forward line, and he was shortly joined by Buster Harradine who came on for Tom Knowles.
However, it was Salim Relizani who had the next chance when he saw his stinging drive saved by Joseph. The visiting goalkeeper was forced into action once again late on when Towner had a long range effort that was again kept out.
Despite creating most of the openings, City couldnt force a way through to get the all-important second goal, but it didnt matter as the Lilywhites held on to record victory.
City have now made it 3 wins out of 3 and have a 7 day break before their big FA Cup tie when they travel to National league South high fliers St Albans.