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PREVIEW Cambridge United v Oxford United

A full guide to tonight's game in the Papa John's Trophy

31 August 2021

Oxford United travel to Cambridge United in the Papa John's Trophy tonight (7pm)

The U's drew at the Abbey Stadium on the opening day of the season but both Managers are likely to make changes for the opening game in the group stages.

TEAM NEWS
United are likely to mix the experience of Simon Eastwood and John Mousinho with a number of their promising youngsters such as Leon Chambers-Parillon, Michael Elechi and Josh Johnson.

New signing Herbie Kane is included in the squad after joining on loan from Barnsley yesterday but Ben Davis who signed from Fulham today did so too late to be included this evening.

See Craig Short previewing the game in iFollow right now where we you can hear from both new signings and see the whole game LIVE

THE OPPOSITION
The other U’s have beaten Bolton Wanderers 1-0 and Burton Albion 3-0 in their last two League One games to move on to eight points from their opening five matches since winning promotion last season.

The start leaves Mark Bonner’s side in tenth in the early table after an opening day 1-1 draw against Karl Robinson’s side at the Abbey Stadium.

TICKETS
Tickets are available on the night

Prices
Adults: £12
Over 64’s: £8
Under 23’s: £8
Armed Forces: £8
Under 18’s: £1

London Road Coaches

Depart: Stadium 15:15 prompt

Adult LRC member: £18
Adult non-member: £20
Under 18 LRC member: £16
Under 18 non-member: £18

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

NEW KITS AVAILABLE
United will be wearing their white third kit again  CLICK HERE to pre-order any of the new shirts this season

SEE IT LIVE
You can see the whole game live in iFollow thanks to our friends at BBC Oxford Sport, with highlights to follow. Buy a MATCH PASS HERE

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

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Match Reports

REPORT Cambridge United 4 Oxford United 1

Ten man Oxford lose at Cambridge. Full time report

31 August 2021

Two minutes of madness just before half time meant that Oxford United were beaten in the first game of the group stages of the Papa John's Trophy with a young side losing 4-1 at Cambridge United this evening.

Having created chances and looked solid despite making eleven changes United lost concentration as the interval approached and were punished when two goals from Oxford old boy Sam Smith plus a red card for Luke McNally left them far too much to do in the second half despite a superb strike from Dan Agyei to give them late grounds for optimism.

However a further goal from Harvey Knibbs and a late strike from Kai Yeam settled affairs and gave the home side all three points.

If learning is the name of the game in this competition then United will have picked up several lessons from the experience, especially the younger players such as 16-year-olds Josh Johnson in central midfield and sub Gatlin O'Donkor as well as Tyler Goodrham on his full debut.

Cambridge also made a host of changes but the visiting United were relieved when Joel Cooper, a model of industry throughout, cleared an early effort off the line after a header from a corner had come back off the bar.

They then had a superb spell where they created a host of chances. Goodrham underlined his potential with a well-struck effort in the 20th minute Nathan Holland dragged another half chance wide after debutant Herbie Kane, who is not shy of a tackle, had won the ball to start the U’s on a promising move. Cooper tested the keeper with a powerful effort soon after, Holland (twice) and Cooper (again) tried their luck from distance and Agyei almost piled straight through a static home defence as the visitors began to look more and more fluid.

They then undid that inside 120 seconds right on the stroke of half time.

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The one consolation will be that they weren’t opened up in open play but the opener came from a simple corner which was bundled in at the near post by Smith. Barely a minute later and the U’s were down to ten men when the unfortunate Luke McNally tripped Knibbs and was dismissed and then, to add salt to the wound, during time added on for that card Smith again touched home from a corner, from the same side, and having been in control United were 2-0 down and facing a second half with ten men.

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They battled away and fought for everything with Kane doing his level best to drive the team forward and John Mousinho cleverly guiding another young sub, Clinton Nosakhare, through his debut at centre half.

The power of Michael Elechi almost gave them a lifeline when O'Donkor rolled the ball into his path on the left of the area only for the young left-back's shot to ping back off the post with keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle beaten and they then somehow found a way back in to the game when Agyei outmuscled two men and sent his shot over the keeper to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes to go.

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Sadly the comeback ended there and with ten minutes to go another right-wing corner travelled all the way to the back post where Knibbs knocked the ball home and United were undone.

There was still time for the excellent Simon Eastwood to make three great saves and for United to introduce another youngster for a debut, Josh Anifowose in midfield to make it 60% of the team having come through the Academy. That is encouraging in itself despite the result, confirmed when sub Yeam thumped a fourth almost through the stranded Eastwood from close range in injury time.

Nobody likes losing, whatever the competition but United have two chances to claw things back with games against Stevenage and Spurs U21s to come.

Att: 1,390
Away: 133

Report by Chris Williams, pictures Steve Edmunds and REX Shutterstock, stats by OPTA

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Ticket News

Cambridge Papa John's Tickets

Ticket details for the Papa John's Trophy game at the Abbey Stadium

30 August 2021

Tickets for our fixture against Cambridge United in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday will be available on the night from the Cambridge United Ticket Office.

Cambridge United

Papa John’s Trophy Group Stage | Tuesday 31st August | 7pm

Prices

Adults: £12
Over 64’s: £8
Under 23’s: £8
Armed Forces: £8
Under 18’s: £1

London Road Coaches

Depart: Stadium 15:15 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 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

 

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