Official News
Away travel to North Leigh
FA Trophy Draw
Oyinsan in the goals as City oust Sports
Match Preview: Peterborough Sports v City
Cambs Invitation Cup Draw
Jolley steps down from Development role
Oyinsan fires City to big win
Match Preview: City v Yaxley
City have to settle for a draw
Steve Gawthrop on 105FM later today
Match Preview: Dunstable Town v Cambridge City
New board member appointed
Another win, another clean sheet.. good signs
Match Preview: Welwyn v City
City get back to winning ways

 Site Home 
News Section
Index 
New Ground
Official News
CCFC Trust
Dev. Team
Ladies & Girls
Disability Teams
External Site
Youth
1st Team
 Fixtures/Results 
 Match Reports 
 League Table 
 1st Team Profiles 
 Appearances 
 & Goalscorers 
Multimedia
 City Gallery
 Video Highlights 
Club Shop
 The City Store 
The Fans
Supporters' Trust
 City Travel
Information
 The Club 
 Directions 
 Club History 
 Playing Record 
 Club Contacts 
Off The Field
Patrons Club
 Commercial 

 
Official News

Match Preview: Hartley Wintney v City
Posted by Andrew Dunn
May 6, 2018, 17:06

Email this article
 Printer friendly page
The big day is almost here and excitement is mounting as Cambridge City prepare to travel to Hampshire to take on Hartley Wintney in the Evostik South East Division Play-Off Final.

The match brings together two sides who progressed to the final courtesy of victories at Hayes and Yeading and at home to AFC Dunstable in the midweek semi-finals.

On paper, the match brings together two evenly matched teams so it’s not easy to point towards who has the advantage. Observers will say Hartley Wintney as they are at home. Some may say City as they have done the double over their hosts during the season. Others may point towards momentum. Hartley were promoted last year and could they do it again? Or will some of City’s team who have had experience of winning this league and play-offs be lucky again?

The league campaign for the hosts saw them finish with a 4-3 loss at home to Aylesbury United but ‘The Row’ finished in fourth position only losing 4 times at home all season – one of those was against City in November. That game saw Player of the Year Ryan Sharman, become the first City player to score in 10 consecutive league matches.

The Lilywhites make the trip knowing that they are a win away from a place back in the Southern League Premier Division. Boss Robbie Nightingale has injury concerns over Nathan Olukanmi who was injured during the semi-final against Hayes & Yeading. He will also be hoping that striker Ryan Sharman is at full fitness after starting the Semi-Final on the bench.

With the exception of when City finished in the top 13 of the Southern League Premier Division to qualify for the newly formed Conference South in season 2003/2004, it’s been 32 years since the club were last promoted. Back then the Lilywhites beat Waterlooville on the last day of the season to win the then Southern League, Southern Division title. Wind the clock forward to 2018 and City fans will be hoping that the Lilywhites can find one last big performance to get back to the Southern League Premier Division at the first attempt.

City will be backed by a sizeable following that will be travelling down to Hampshire but if you cannot get to the game, then there will be updates on social media via Facebook and Twitter with extended coverage and updates on the official website throughout the afternoon followed by in depth post-match reaction, reports and analysis.

Kick-off at the Memorial Fields is at 3:00pm with the match having the possibility of extra time and penalties.

GOING TO THE GAME:

Hartley Wintney FC
The Memorial Fields
Green Lane
Hartley Wintney
HOOK
Hants
RG27 8DL

© Copyright 2003-18 Cambridge City FC

Top of Page