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Match Preview: City v Frome
Posted by Andrew Dunn
Mar 10, 2017, 16:14

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Cambridge City host Frome Town tomorrow as the Lilywhites’ battle to beat the drop continues. With ten games to go, every match has added importance as City strive to get out of, and keep out of, the bottom four.

Frome come to Westwood Road currently sitting in 8th position, and have had an enjoyable season so far which has seen them win 16 games in the league. Seven of those have been on the road – one of which was their last victory against Merthyr on 25 February.

Their form since the turn of the year hasn’t been particularly great in terms of victories. The Merthyr match aside, they have only picked up two other victories which were at Stratford coming after an 8-1 thumping of Redditch.

The star man for Frome is Jake Jackson. The former Yate Town player has bagged 14 goals this season which has been one of the main reasons why they have always been in the top half – a stark contrast to the struggles last term when they were in and around the relegation zone before pulling well clear in the latter stages of the campaign.

Pulling well clear of the relegation zone is something that Cambridge City desperately want to achieve. However, as the weeks go by it gets even tighter with a mini league developing between six different teams. With Dorchester having picked up two wins lately, they now have a 7 point cushion and may consider themselves to be almost out of it if they beat Kings Langley tomorrow. This would leave Kings Langley, St Neots, City, Hayes & Yeading, Cirencester, and Cinderford all contesting the relegation places.

However, that could all change and City know that they just need to focus on their own results with possibly six wins from their last ten being seen as possibly enough to avoid falling through the relegation trap door.

Tomorrow, City boss Robbie Nightingale will send his troops out looking for an important victory. It will be the first league match for a fortnight after the game at Kings Langley was postponed last weekend. Wide man Salim Relizani is still out suspended otherwise Nightingale is scheduled to have a full squad to choose from. This will include Lee Stevenson who is scheduled to make his long awaited debut.

Speaking to the Cambridge News the City boss has urged fans to turn up and get behind the team as they look to escape the drop he said “Since I’ve come in the supporters have been fantastic. They want the team to do well and the lads have enjoyed the atmosphere they had brought to our games”.

If City did win tomorrow, it would take them onto 34 points and depending on results elsewhere would get them out of the relegation zone. The key matches to look for elsewhere are:

Banbury v Cirencester
Cinderford v Kings Lynn
Dorchester v Kings Langley
St Neots v Redditch
Hayes & Yeading v Chippenham (Sunday)

Kick-off at Westwood Road tomorrow afternoon is at 3:00pm.

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