Mys­te­ri­ous ab­sen­tees costly for Ori­ent...

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

Cam­bridge never looked back af­ter Luke Berry opened the scor­ing, head­ing in his 20th of the sea­son at the far post from Har­ri­son Dunk’s pin­point cross.

Although Rowan Liburd forced a div­ing save from Will Nor­ris soon af­ter­wards, Liam O’Neil net­ted his first for the U’s, head­ing in a Ge­orge Maris free kick.

And af­ter the break the out­stand­ing Maris got the goal his per­for­mance de­served when he took ad­van­tage of some hes­i­tant de­fend­ing to fire in.

United could have had more goals, but Dunk’s header hit the post and O’Neil saw an­other ef­fort flash just wide.

Shaun Derry was left to re­flect on a re­sult which leaves his side two points off the play-off places.

“We weren’t too sure what team would ar­rive from Ori­ent, and there were some un­fa­mil­iar names out there to­day,” said U’s boss Derry.

“We asked the play­ers for three points and we got that. We ab­so­lutely dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish, but we wish Leyton Ori­ent well for the rest of the sea­son.

“Our first goal came at the right time, and it was a com­mand­ing per­for­mance from then on.

“I look at the league ta­ble now, and other re­sults to­day have kept us close to the top seven, which is good.” OMER Riza said there was noth­ing sus­pi­cious about the ab­sence of sev­eral se­nior play­ers af­ter see­ing his youth­ful Leyton Ori­ent side heav­ily beaten at Cam­bridge.

Nicky Hunt, Cal­lum Kennedy and Teddy Mezague joined Ori­ent’s al­readylengthy in­jury list in the hours be­fore kick­off, fol­low­ing ru­mours about play­ers be­ing will­ing to go on strike fol­low­ing a dis­pute with con­tro­ver­sial club pres­i­dent Francesco Bec­chetti over un­paid wages.

But Riza said: “It’s been a long sea­son and if the boys are feel­ing they’ve got in­juries we have to take it as it is.

“If some­one says they’re not fit to play you can’t push them out on the pitch.

“I saw the pres­i­dent yes­ter­day and he said to me he’ll hon­our play­ers’ con­tracts.

“I can only take that at face value, if some­one looks at me and says that’s what hap­pen­ing I have to be­lieve them.

“The young boys have been bril­liant.

“They’ve worked hard to­day, we had play­ers in un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tions and we played well at times and put the op­po­si­tion un­der pres­sure.

“The boys’ heads dropped when we con­ceded but we car­ried on and there are lots of pos­i­tives I can take from it.”

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