Man Utd wind­fall start­ing to pay off

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alan Martin

CAM­BRIDGE United boss Richard Money has been able to splash the cash this sum­mer and the in­vest­ment paid off for the U’s with a com­pre­hen­sive home win over New­port County.

Money handed six play­ers com­pet­i­tive de­buts at the Abbey Sta­dium and two goals from new striker Barry Corr and a penalty save from goal­keeper Sam Beas­ant, also a new ar­rival, proved decisive.

Sub­sti­tute Rob­bie Simp­son wrapped up the points with the third ten min­utes from time to com­plete a dispir­it­ing af­ter­noon for Terry Butcher’s thread­bare New­port squad.

But for Cam­bridge it was a day when the money brought in from last sea­son’s FA Cup matches against Manch­ester United looked to have been put to good use and a pro­mo­tion push cer­tainly seems pos­si­ble on this ev­i­dence.

“The re­sult was just what we needed,” said Money.“I think we scored three re­ally good goals. The ma­jor box ticked is that we’ve won the game and that we come off the pitch with three points.”

Money opted for a 3-5-2 sys­tem and his side should have been ahead on three min­utes when vis­it­ing goal­keeper Joe Day looked to have fum­bled Leon Legge’s shot over the line.

It didn’t mat­ter though as Corr got the opener mid­way through the half and added a sec­ond on 65 when Alex Rod­man played him on­side. Medy El­ito saw his spot kick saved by Beas­ant soon af­ter­wards and the game was won.

Money said:“There’s still a lot of work to do, we’re still gelling and find­ing out about each other and we’re still find­ing out about the sys­tem too.

“I’m not sug­gest­ing we’re go­ing to play that way ev­ery game but it’s looked in­ter­est­ing in the last two pre-sea­son games so we started with it to­day. Dif­fer­ent teams give you dif­fer­ent prob­lems to solve but we solved them pretty well at half­time, and in the sec­ond half re­ally got to grips with it and ran out de­served win­ners.”

New Ex­iles boss Butcher has a re­duced bud­get af­ter the de­par­ture of money man Les Scadding and also suf­fered in­juries to key play­ers ahead of Tues­day’s Cap­i­tal One Cup trip to Wolves.

But he re­mained up­beat, say­ing:“It’s not the re­sult we wanted; 3-0 looks like a ham­mer­ing but I don’t think it was a ham­mer­ing at all.

“I thought we had good pos­ses­sion of the ball and the first half was even.

“At 2-0 down we were chas­ing the game. If we’d scored the penalty it might have been dif­fer­ent but it wasn’t to be.

“I gam­bled and put on two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old but that’s all we’ve got.”

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