Cambridge City will look to get their league programme back on track when they entertain Kempston Rovers at Bridge Road tomorrow afternoon.
The Lilywhites go into the game on the back of 3-2 reverse at home to Aylesbury last Saturday – a match that ended their recent unbeaten league run. City were hampered after the first half sending off of Jack Wilkinson and fell to their first home league defeat of the campaign.
Wilkinson is just suspended for the game tomorrow, so boss Robbie Nightingale will have to make a change to the back line. He could stick with Ross Paterson at left back or the preferred option could be to bring in Adam Capel.
Despite the setback last week, City remain in fourth spot and with a game against Berkhamsted (the team currently directly below them) next week the Lilywhites will know that they can’t afford to slip up again at home if they want to stay in touch with the leaders.
What do we know about Kempston Rovers…
Kempston are currently 11th in the table, having won 4, drawn 1, and lost 5 of their first 10 games. One of the danger men for them is Ben Acquaye. The former Buckingham Athletic player scored twice in their recent 3-1 win at Thame United. In the squad for Kempston is likely to be defender Mason Spence, who had a spell with City last season - including most of the Boxing Day match against Bedford in goal after replacing then goalkeeper Niall Conroy who went off with an injury. The visitors are nicknamed the Walnuts and are managed by Jimmy Stoyles.
The prediction panel are hopeful, but not confident following the defeat against Aylesbury last weekend. Here’s what they have to say:
It was a tough result last week, especially with the some of the decisions that went against us. Paterson could come in for Wilkinson at left back so maybe Isaac Maynard will slot into midfield. We will see what Robbie decides. But Kempston will be a tough one, like they were last year and I can see it being a tight affair with us having to settle for a 1-1 draw.
It was a terrible result for us last week, and I thought we defended poorly at times. Kempston will be tough. They are about half way in the table, and I can see them making it difficult for us. We have to learn from our mistakes last week and to stop giving away the usual early goal. It will be tough, so I am going for a 2-2 draw.
Also this weekend…..
For those of you who don’t already know, it is City Ladies v Cambridge United Women in the First Round of the SSE Womens FA Cup this weekend. The match is on Sunday lunchtime and kicks-off at 1:00pm at Trinity Old Field. The Ladies team will be guests for the first team fixture tomorrow, so please give them your support.
That tomorrow is free entry to armed forces and emergency service personnel. Relevant ID has to be shown to gain entry. A minutes silence to mark the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day will take place before the match. Kick-off at Bridge Road is at 3:00pm.
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