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City ease past Harborough in Cup success
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Aug 25, 2018, 17:56

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Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round: Harborough Town 1 Cambridge City 2

City provided their first win of the campaign as they edged past Harborough town in the Emirates FA Cup, two goals in three minutes midway through the second half doing the damage.

There was an early scare for City when Mo Zakaria Soumah picked up a loose ball following a fumble by Liam Gooch, fortunately for the Lilywhites, he pulled his shot wide of the target.

Harborough's excellent 4G surface looked to suit City as they stroked the ball around with pace and precision. As early as the 8th minute, some slick work from Ryan Towner made space for Ebby Nelson-Addy, but a timely block from the home defence prevented his shot from testing Glen Giles in the home goal.

Ten minutes later, City had another opportunity to exploit when a slide-rule Ben Robinson pass sent City youngster Isaac Maynard clear, his well struck shot forcing a good save from Giles. City kept up their momentum and Robinson was again involved when he made good progress down the flank, providing the perfect centre for Ryan Sharman who lifted his effort over the bar.

City could and maybe should have been ahead by half-time, but as it was the two sides turned around still deadlocked. The early stages of the second half did little to suggest who would come out on top, as both sides sparred with each other without creating much in either area. Harry May caused problems in the visitors goalmouth with a low cross and Ben Robinson did the same, whipping the ball across the six yard area with nobody able to get a touch.

Just after the hour mark, James Hall came into the fray, replacing Maynard and almost instantly made his mark. City won the ball in midfield and broke upfield, Nathan Olukunmi providing the kind of ball players like Hall thrive on and he did the honours, flicking the ball home from close range to give City the lead.

The goal clearly lifted City and they went looking for the vital second goal, and it wasn't too long in coming. Only three minutes had elapsed when City were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, Up stepped Nelson-Addy to curl the ball over the wall and into the corner of the net, the ball taking a very helpful bounce just in front of the diving Giles, giving him no chance.

That really should have been that, however, City managed to give themselves a nervous last few minutes by conceding with nine minutes to go. A through ball was latched onto by Callum Steer, his shot was fumbled by Gooch and Aaron Preston was on hand to reduce the arrears.

Harborough were clearly lifted by their goal and threw everything at City in the closing moments, but a well marshalled City back-line looked in no mood to offer the home side a remarkable comeback and closed the game out to put City into the next round.

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