BOSS DERRY IS MERRY AT U’S FORM

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Good­ing

CAM­BRIDGE UNITED com­pleted a re­mark­able turn­around by surg­ing into the play-off places as they se­cured a fourth suc­ces­sive League Two win at the ex­pense of strug­gling Crewe.

The U’s were bot­tom of the ta­ble 13 games ago, but goals from Uche Ik­peazu and a stun­ner from Greg Tay­lor mean they will go into the Christ­mas pe­riod with pro­mo­tion on their minds.

“It’s nice to look at the league ta­ble at the mo­ment, and it’s been an un­be­liev­able achieve­ment from ev­ery­one con­nected with the foot­ball club, par­tic­u­larly the play­ers be­cause they’re the ones who have to go out and per­form,” said Cam­bridge man­ager Shaun Derry.

“They can go away now and en­joy the next few days be­fore look­ing ahead to an­other tough run of games com­ing up.

“We de­served the three points. Crewe came here on a poor run want­ing to put that right, but our in­ten­tions through­out the match were good and we did enough to get the win.”

Crewe’s Ben Gar­ratt was the busier goal­keeper in a low-key first half, mak­ing com­fort­able saves from Conor New­ton and Brad Hal­l­i­day. New­ton should have done bet­ter on the stroke of half-time but shot waste­fully over from 13 yards af­ter be­ing teed up by Har­ri­son Dunk.

The game opened up af­ter the break, and Ik­peazu broke the dead­lock in the 50th minute, con­trol­ling a long ball and lay­ing it off to New­ton. His re­turn pass found the big striker, and he thun­dered it past Gar­ratt.

Tay­lor made it 2-0 in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, nick­ing the ball off Chris Dag­nall 25 yards out and un­leash­ing a rocket which flew into the net via the un­der­side of the bar.

Crewe looked down and out, but their three sub­sti­tutes made a good im­pact, par­tic­u­larly the lively Char­lie Kirk. He was in­volved in the move that led to James Jones find­ing the net with a low ef­fort to set up a fran­tic fin­ish. But the Rail­way­men couldn’t add a sec­ond, and have now lost three suc­ces­sive league games.

Man­ager Steve Davis said: “One or two play­ers are ques­tion­ing their per­for­mances, but the im­por­tant thing is we stick to­gether. We need to keep work­ing hard be­cause that’s how you gain con­fi­dence. “Our re­sponse to go­ing 2-0 down was good. We could have folded at that point, the subs gave us a bit of life, and the game opened up to­wards the end. “Their sec­ond goal was a worldie, but we keep giv­ing our­selves a moun­tain to climb with silly er­rors, and un­til we do the ba­sics bet­ter we will con­tinue to find life dif­fi­cult.”

PIC­TURES: Mike Capps

OPENER: Uche Ik­peazu fires in Cam­bridge’s first goal and cel­e­brates

STAR MAN GREG TAY­LOR Cam­bridge JUMP FOR JOY: Greg Tay­lor cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing

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