ASFC vs Cambridge United

League Two
Score: 1 - 1

Match Report

A first Stanley goal from Tariqe Fosu gave the Reds a 1-1 draw against Cambridge United.

The winger came off the bench to find the net in the second half to cancel out Jimmy Spencer’s goal and continue a run of the home team scoring in every game this season at the Wham Stadium.

It was a tight affair, which started in that manner with neither side crafting a clear chance in the opening 15 minutes.

Stanley began to assert themselves though with a drilled cross from Brad Halliday hacked out by the visiting defence before U’s goalkeeper Will Norris did superbly to paw away a curling Scott Brown effort.

Norris also had to be on his guard to hold a header from Billy Kee when the striker guided a Piero Mingoia cross on target before saving again from Sean McConville – thought the wideman was penalised and a free kick given.

The visitors began posing less of a threat but grew into things as the first half wore on.

Their captain Luke Berry was to the fore in their best openings, seeing a volley blocked by Halliday before finding space in the box five minutes from the break. When the ball found the midfielder he pulled the trigger but Halliday was again in the right place at the right time.

Ross Etheridge’s first meaningful save came just after the restart when he had to scramble to take a shot from Ryan Ledson which was wickedly deflected.

The momentum was with Shaun Derry’s side who were soon in front. Striker Spencer got in behind the Reds’ defence, Tom Davies got across the get a touch but the ball seemed to cannon back off Spencer and into the corner of the net.

It took a double change to reignite Stanley’s attacking threat with Fosu and Shay McCartan introduced after 65 minutes.

Cambridge had Norris to thank for keeping them in front soon after when Matty Pearson’s firm header was well kept out by the keeper and McCartan’s follow up repelled by a defender.

Fosu, however, was not the be thwarted and when the Reading loanee was threaded in down the right channel he made it into the box and placed an unerring finish into the corner to make it 1-1.

Five minutes from time Brown might have won it when he cut in from the left and got a shot away on his right foot that flew just wide of the left post.

John Coleman’s time applied pressure late on but couldn’t find another clear opening though Norris was forced to turn an Adam Buxton delivery behind at the death.

Stanley: Etheridge, Halliday, Davies, Hughes, Pearson, Mingoia (McCartan 65), Brown, Conneely, McConville (Fosu 65), Windass (Buxton 86), Kee