Match Preview: City v Barton Rovers
Posted by Andrew Dunn
Jan 11, 2019, 09:46
There’s home action tomorrow for Cambridge City when they entertain Barton Rovers at Bridge Road.
The Lilywhites will be looking for revenge after their defeat at Sharpenhoe Road in the second game of the season. On that occasion, Barton secured all 3 points courtesy of a 3-1 win.
The visitors tomorrow spent most of last season in the thick of a relegation battle. However, this season has seen a more general improvement and although the autumn saw them hit a sticky patch they arrive tomorrow having taken points off both Berkhamsted and Welwyn over the festive season.
City will be looking to get back to winning ways. It was a rollercoaster weekend for the Lilywhites last week. A 1-0 defeat at Thame was then followed by the boost that Ryan Sharman had withdrawn his transfer request. However, that was then followed with the news that right back Ben Robinson had left to join Newmarket Town.
With Robinson now gone, the right back berth looks set to be filled by Ross Paterson. Meanwhile, Keanu Robinson should return after being unavailable last weekend. He will partner either Jordan Odofin or Adam Capel at the heart of the City defence.
City v Barton Rovers – Past Meetings
It was on St Georges Day last year – 24 April when City played Barton Rovers in a ridiculous run of games during the final month of the season.
Jack Vasey should have put City in front when his effort cannoned off the bar, and former City player Drew Phillips also had an opportunity in a first half bereft of any real goal mouth action.
The second half was a slight improvement and Ryan Towner had an effort but was denied by the post and then Dan Jarvis did the same for Barton as the game entered the final quarter of an hour.
Barton then missed a one on one and then City were made to pay for hitting the woodwork twice as former Lilywhite Andrew Phillips burst through and slotted the ball past Josh Bexon with four minutes to go as the visitors returned home to Bedfordshire with maximum points.
A new panelist this week…will her prediction be right?? Here’s what she, and the rest of the panel had to say.
"With all the comings and goings over the last few weeks I think this game will be a difficult one. However, with the new players beginning to settle down and with the excellent news that Ryan Sharman is staying, I think that will give everyone a boost and I predict that City will win 2-0".
"I am more confident this week. This is despite the loss of Ben Robinson but we do have the huge plus of Ryan Sharman staying. He will have a point to prove to Robbie between now and the end of the season and hopefully he can finally get among the goals. If we score first, I think we will win so I am going for a 3-1 City victory".
"It was another disappointing result against Thame last week. I thought we had turned the corner, but all of a sudden we go into the game on the back 3 defeats on the bounce. Barton will be a big test for us as they have had some decent results of late. But I think we can turn it round but perhaps not with a win. I will be happy with a 1-1 draw".
Kick-off at Bridge Road tomorrow is at 3:00pm.
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