3rd November 2017
Nottingham 0-3 Cambridge
The Blues chalked up a second consecutive away win as they maintained their strong start to the season at Nottingham.
Cambridge had to endure some first half pressure from Nottingham who were a constant threat out wide, but they were resolute at the back and clinical offensively.
The Blues’ top goalscorer Henry Alexander carved out an opportunity straight from the off, lifting a Joe Ellis effort narrowly over the bar. Ellis had the ball in the net himself soon after with a spectacular diving header from a Stefan Wolf free kick only for the ref to cut celebrations short following an infringement.
Nottingham then had a strong 15 minute spell where they dictated the tempo and tried to sneak in behind the Blues back line. The biggest chance arrived on the half hour mark, when Joe Gregory was perfectly placed to sweep off the line.
Weathering that storm proved crucial as Cambridge were in the lead just five minutes later. An expertly guided diagonal from Michael Hofstetter fell to the sprightly Yusuf Mushtaq who delivered perfectly for Alexander who did the business in the box as ever.
Nottingham emerged in the second half eager to press and hassle the Blues at every opportunity. However, their plan was quickly undone as Wolf’s consistently excellent set piece delivery produced a second goal.
His whipped free kick fell perfectly to Joe Ellis, who rose to firmly plant a header beyond the home goalkeeper.
2-0 up and in control, the last thing the Blues needed was a contentious (and not just the type biased match reports usually complain about) penalty call with 20 minutes to go. Gregory clearly nicked the ball off the Nottingham winger’s toes, but the referee saw otherwise.
Cambridge needn’t have worried with John Harrison behind the sticks though. Determined to maintain a clean sheet, he parried the penalty away to safety.
From out of nowhere, Ollie Lerway then lit up the match with an outstanding goal. Ellis, Campsie and Callum Parker linked down the left hand side and Parker’s delivery produced a thunderous first time volley which cannoned in off the bar.
The strike was the cherry on top of an accomplished away performance. Special mention to Mushtaq and Callum Thomson who slotted straight in making their first Blues appearances of the season.