EVO-STIK Premier Division: Cinderford Town 0 Cambridge City 1
The winning margin may have been small, but City did exactly what they needed to do by claiming maximum points from this encounter. The win moves them up to fourth bottom on 40 points, separated from the team above them by only goal difference. There was also an air of justice as City were denied a win at Cinderford earlier in the season, when the game was abandoned late on with the visitors leading.
Just as they did at Cirencester on Saturday, City applied early pressure, and again it paid off as the Lilywhites took the lead after only four minutes. A corner was swung in, a flick-on sent the ball goalwards, and Norman Wabo reacted quickest to nip in at the far post to poke the ball home. Cameron Clarke in the home goal was on his mettle minutes later to prevent a second goal as City pulled all the strings early on. Cinderford took 20 minutes to register their first effort at the City goal, but Dean Snedker comfortably dealt with the shot. Ollie Snaith had an opportunity to add to his recent goalscoring exploits, but his header lacked power and Clarke saved. City came close to taking a two goal lead into the break when Lee Stevenson unleashed a snap shot that almost caught out Clarke, but he was able to recover and smother the ball.
Minutes into the second half and Snaith was trying his luck again, but yet again the home stopper kept his side in the match. Soon after, City felt they should have seen the referee take action when Dan Walker appeared to take an elbow to the jaw in an off the ball incident, however, none of the officials appeared to see it. Walker almost exacted revenge though, forcing two fine stops from Clarke in as many minutes.
Already relegated Cinderford had barely threatened as the game moved into the final 20 minutes, but City had Snedker to thank for preserving their lead as he turned a stinging shot away for a corner. With nine minutes left on the clock. Snaith was presented with a great chance to finish the game off when the ball bobbled into his path, but he skied his shot over the bar. In the end it didn't make any difference as the final whistle went to record City's third win and clean sheet on the bounce. With so many "must win" games this month, it's the perfect time to hit some much needed form.
1. Dean Snedker (booked)
2. Ben Robinson
3. Paul Cooper
4. Ross Paterson (c)
5. Jordan Gent
6. Jordan Williams
7. Darren Foxley
8. Lee Stevenson (booked 83)
9. Dan Walker (booked 66)
10.Norman Wabo (goal 4)
11.Oliver Snaith (booked 33)
14.Manny Osei (10-88)
Cinderford Town: 1.Cameron Clarke, 2.Isaac Kelly, 3.James Bloom, 4.Shane Parry, 5.Dan Clare (c), 6.Jack Alderdice, 7.Lewis Bamford (booked 45), 8.Sammie Hicks, 9.Nick Harrhy, 10.Craig Norman, 11.Elliot Ford
Subs: 12.Josh Nelmes (4-81), 14.Ben Hands, 15.Mitchell Howells, GK.Giles Cutlan
Referee: S Fearnley
Assistants: J Bennick and N Bracey
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