FA Cup preview - Cambridge Vs Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 06/11/2010
Huddersfield Town travel to Blue Square Premier side Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium for the televised FA Cup first round clash (live on ESPN kick-off at 5.30pm).FA Cup preview - Cambridge Vs Huddersfield Town
It will be the first time Town have been back to the Abbey Stadium since a 2-1 victory over Cambridge in January 2004 thanks to goals from Jon Stead and a rare overhead kick from former captain Jon Worthington.

Town go into the game on back of two wins the latest being on Tuesday night in a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday with an impressive display. On-loan Arsenal striker is in line to make his full debut in Town colours with Alan Lee out suspended, Lee Novak injured and Joe Garner illegible to play due to the terms in his loan agreement from Nottingham Forest.
Lee Croft is another who is illegible to play but Graham Carey, Damien Johnson and Nick Colgan are allowed from their respective clubs. Alex Smithies is still injured so Ian Bennett remains in the Town goal.

Cambridge United, managed by former Leyton Orient boss Martin Ling, sit 20th in the Blue Square Premier and have achieved only 7 points from their last five games but come into this game on back-to-back wins. So far at the Abbey Stadium this season United have won four drawn 2 and lost two.
The U's striker Daryl Clare is out injured with a broken finger sustained in training, Brian Saah is also out after a hernia operation. Dave Partridge looks to replace Saah in the U's defence but he has to pass a late fitness test so too with player-coach Paul Carden.
Ling has restructured the squad during the summer releasing eleven players, £10,000 was spent on Clare but he has so far scored one goal in ten games. Goalkeeper Danny Naisbitt signed from Histon is a estate agent for footballers looking for homes, defender Kevin Roberts is said to be the cousin of Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies. The U's have a number of players with plenty of football league experience.

Cambridge's Key Man - Wayne Gray
I have to agree with the official Town website with Wayne Gray. The 31-year has been around a bit starting his career at Wimbledon and having played for Southend, Yeovil and under current manager Martin Ling at Leyton Orient. Has scored four times in six start for the U's, the striker is strong and holds up the ball well and brings others into play as well as scoring goals himself.

Sean's Prediction
Have to admit it is a potentially banana skin this match. Torrential rain over the past few days might effect the pitch conditions but I'm going for a Town win. I think Town will come back from behind to win 2-1.


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