Game 32: Salisbury City 0.3 Cambridge United (Conference Premier) 26.03.14
A rearranged match on a Wednesday night due to Cambridge’s FA Trophy run that ended in style with a 4.0 win over Gosport Borough in the final. Cambridge wore the same pale blue shirts despite their normal yellow strip not clashing with Salisbury’s all white kit. There were a few changes to the Wembley winning side while Salisbury introduced loanee Charlie Sheringham for his home debut.
The first half was scrappy and there were few chances at either end. Salisbury lost Rob Sinclair to injury on the half hour, just before Cambridge had their first shot on target when a lob over James Bittner was cleared off the line by Angus McDonald. It looked likely that we would have a goalless half when a deflected shot fell kindly for Ryan Bird who had an empty net to aim at. The first goalscorer at Wembley knocked the ball in to open the scoring, something he hadn’t managed on his last visit to the Ray Mac with Portsmouth.
Cambridge altered their formation in the second half and this paid off with two similar goals in three minutes midway through the half. The first came from a run into the area from the left, a close range effort taking a deflection to leave Bittner in mid-air with no chance to get to the ball. The second goal came from a similar run but this time a fierce shot crashed off the crossbar and into the net. Salisbury pressed for a goal but there were few clear cut chances, Sheringham coming the closest with a shot that Siegrist managed to push clear of danger.