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PREVIEW Cambridge United v Oxford United

A full guide as the new Sky Bet League 1 season kicks off

6 August 2021

The new season kicks off with Oxford United visiting Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday (3pm) in Sky Bet League 1

TEAM NEWS
United have seven new signings this summer: four familiar faces and three new boys. Gavin Whyte, Ryan Williams, Nathan Holland and Marcus McGuane return to the U's after loans/previous spells at the club, while Steve Seddon, Jordan Thorniley and Billy Bodin have all joined as the new arrivals at the U's.

Karl Robinson has remained tight-lipped on who they are, but two players involved in the pre-season friendly at Bristol Rovers last week are missing due to self-isolation rules while French striker Derick Osei Yaw is the one player ruled out through injury with a tight hamstring.

The Manager himself is the other absentee: he serves the last of his four-game suspension hanging over from last season and will be in the stand rather than in the dug out for his 600th game as a Manager.

See Karl previewing the game in iFollow right now where we have Steve Seddon as our guest in the new look Preview Show.

THE OPPOSITION
There are two familiar faces at Cambridge in former boss Gary Waddock and striker Sam Smith, formerly on loan at the Kassam Stadium. Waddock is now assistant to (the other) U’s boss Mark Bonner who is looking forward to a very special atmosphere as crowds return:

“The last week seems to have dragged a little bit waiting for the game to come around, so I think we’re looking forward to it,” the Head Coach said. “I’m really looking forward to what I think will be a good afternoon, and great to feel that intensity and competition back in a packed stadium.

“It’s a long time since supporters have been in the ground in less sterile environments. The numbers have been limited in the few times people have been before, and it’s a blank page to go and attack a new season.

“Playing a team like Oxford, who you know will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season, because they always are and they’ve got such a strong squad, it will be a nice barometer to see where we are on day one.”

TICKETS

A reminder that this game is SOLD OUT to Oxford United fans and no tickets will be available on the day.
 
London Road Club
Depart: Stadium 11.00 prompt
 
COME ON YOU... WHITES
United will be wearing their brand-new white third kit for the first time tomorrow. The black away kit was also unveiled earlier today, while the first time the new yellow kit will feature is for the home game against Charlton Athletic on Saturday 17th. CLICK HERE to pre-order any of the new home shirts
 

FOLLOW IT LIVE
If you can't get to the game then you can still HERE/SEE IT LIVE in iFollow depending where you are. In the UK you can hear the whole game thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford Sport, while overseas fans can see the game LIVE, complete with the BBC's commentary

We have coverage on Twitter, Instagram and a report and Gallery right here on the final whistle.

LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER
It's a sell out and there will be a fantastic atmosphere but the most important thing is for everyone to feel safe and comfortable back in a crowded football stadium. We are the Yellow Army, we look after our own. Make sure everyone around you is OK as we get behind Karl and the team.

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Match Reports

REPORT Cambridge United 1 Oxford United 1

U's draw with the U's in season opener

7 August 2021

Oxford United were left with one point on the opening day of the season as a first-half strike from Steve Seddon was cancelled out by a Joe Ironside penalty for newly promoted Cambridge United this afternoon.

United, in their brilliant white third kit, looked like ruining the party for the home side, playing at this level for the first time in 19 years, but were pegged back by a late penalty to frustrate the magnificent sold-out away end, who we hope cherished every minute of their return despite the final score.

The U's, with Karl Robinson in the stand serving a suspension, started brightly and new arrival Jordan Thorniley almost had a goal inside five minutes to mark the occasion, while the returning Ryan Williams - full of energy and invention - saw another effort blocked as the U’s* caused the home side early problems.

The clearest chance of the first half hour came at the midway point when the superb Seddon swung in an excellent cross and James Henry’s header was clawed away by home keeper Dimitar Mitov from close range, while Seddon also saw a volley blocked at the back post when Henry returned the favour soon after.

Cambridge saw the lively James Brophy drag a shot wide from the edge of the area but didn’t truly test the handling of Jack Stevens in the first half other than hopeful high balls into the box, which he dealt with confidently.

There was no disputing which of the U's had been on top and three minutes before the break the visiting version were ahead with their first goal of the season. Forde fed Williams, Taylor made a nuisance of himself and took defenders away, flicking the ball on for Seddon to crash the ball home at the back post for a debut goal to remember.

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Cambridge raised their game after the break and United's early energy dropped. With Whyte growing into the game and key partnerships starting to develop all over the pitch, they were still good value for their advantage but never looked quite as dangerous after the break. Whyte dragged a half chance wide, a couple of loose balls bounced kindly for the home side, but gradually the visitors began to drop deeper and invite pressure.

On 77 minutes they were made to pay when Paul Digby popped up inside the box and was brought down by the covering Sykes. Ref David Rock had no hesitation and Ironside cooly slotted the penalty past the outstretched left glove of the desperately reaching Stevens.

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The heavens opened and the game went end to end, but the visitors just couldn't recreate the pressure of the first half. No shortage of effort and as we know from the last two seasons, it's rare for a new side to click into gear from the very first minute of the very first game.

Ninety minutes down, 4,050 to go. Plenty of promise, a point more than most season openers and, possibly the most important thing: away fans back on the road. Enjoy the adventure. Glad to be sharing it with you.

Att: 6,444
Away: 1,428

Report by Chris Williams, pictures by Steve Edmunds, Steve Daniels and Darrell Fisher. Stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Cambridge SOLD OUT

Full away end as United kick off the new season on Saturday

2 August 2021

Tickets are now SOLD OUT for Oxford United's first game of the 2021/22 season when we travel to Cambridge on Saturday.

Having sold out of an initial allocation of 1,100 the U's requested an extra 300 which then sold out over the weekend, meaning just over 1,400 will be there to cheer on Karl Robinson's side.

This is the first away game since the pandemic started and we would like to appeal to fans for your help ahead of the match..

The club is building a waiting list of fans who would like to go to the game but haven't been able to buy a ticket. You can add your name to that list by calling 01865 337533. If any fans test positive before the weekend or are asked to self-isolate we ask that you call the same number so we can offer a refund and reallocate your ticket(s) to those who can attend.

Places are still available on the London Road Club coaches

London Road Coaches

An extra coach has now been added.

Depart: Stadium 11.00 prompt
Adult LRC member: £18
Adult non-member: £20
Under 18 LRC member: £16
Under 18 non-member: £18

All supporters traveling with the LRC are asked/requested to follow the LRC guidance and advice below:

  • Stay at home if you, or anyone you live with has received a positive Covid-19 test result or are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell), even if the symptoms are mild.
  • Stay at home if you need to self-isolate because you have symptoms, have recently tested positive or have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace* or are required to isolate after travel.

Supporters should have respect for their fellow passengers and the LRC will not tolerate any misbehaviour traveling to, from or at matches.

Under-14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult to travel on LRC transport.
No alcohol is permitted on the coaches.

Although face covering onboard a coach is no longer a legal requirement, the LRC and Motts require a face covering to be worn while boarding/alighting and moving around the vehicle. It is recommended that supporters continue to wear a face covering when seated unless eating or drinking.

It is allowed to use every seat, without social distancing on coaches in England, however, as a trial for away trips in August, if requested when booking we will offer solo passengers the opportunity to sit on their own where possible. To book a solo seat passengers must book in person or via telephone.

To join the London Road Travel Club or to enquire about or book transport to away games call in at the ticket office or call 01865 337533.

*From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case.

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