Cambridge City tasted defeat for the first time during pre-season as they lost 1-0 at Yaxley this afternoon.
City boss Robbie Nightingale was without the services of Ian Miller, Mark Coulson and Salim Relizani who had started the match at Haverhill Borough last weekend.
The starting line-up for the Lilywhites second warm-up fixture featured Harry Norman who was part of the City squad for the last two seasons. Also in the starting line-up was Jamie Age, a striker who featured for East Thurrock United and Romford last season. Meanwhile at the back was Lee Hurst, a player who has come through the Dagenham & Redbridge academy. On the bench was Ollie Emsden, who played for City under Gary Roberts a couple of years ago.
On an artificial surface, City started the game with plenty of energy and it was Age who was looking the more promising for City with his pace disrupting the Yaxley defence.
Despite City starting at high intensity, they couldn’t force a clear cut opening, and were lucky not to concede when Niall Conroy was forced to make a fine stop, tipping the ball over the bar.
The deadlock was broken shortly before half time when Dan Cotton was the first to react to a ball into the box, and rounded Conroy to give Yaxley the advantage.
Robbie Nightingale changed personnel at half time, and it was one of the substitutes, Buster Harradine who was unlucky to see his effort canon off the crossbar.
City by now were upping the tempo and Age was unlucky to see his cross not converted by Alex Lyratzopolous when he was well placed 6 yards out.
More changes then followed but it was Harradine who had the next opportunity when he saw his free kick from just outside the area tipped over the bar.
Moments later, and City had the best opportunity to get back into the game when they were awarded a penalty. Michael King stepped up, but his effort went wide of the target.
The home side had a chance to extend their lead but the effort was well saved by substitute goalkeeper Aaron Chapman. As the match entered the final minutes Harradine was unlucky to see his effort go over, and that proved to be the last meaningful action.
The next match in the Lilywhites pre-season programme is on Friday evening when they travel to Newmarket Town.
The starting XI
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