CAMBRIDGE UNITED v ALFRETON TOWN PREVIEW
Monday Feb 10, 2014
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11th, 7.45pm
by Matt Carter
Alfreton Town embark on their second tricky away game in the space of four days - and a fifth successive away league game - as they visit Cambridge United on Tuesday night in the Skrill Conference Premier.
On Saturday the Reds produced a resolute display to gain a goalless draw and claim a point from a lengthy trip against a determined Salisbury City, remarkably only the second time they have shared the points this campaign.
They will likely need to showcase the same battling qualities if they are to get anything from the Abbey Stadium. The U's continue to fly high in second spot, although they are not quite in the same form that saw them go unbeaten until early November.
Since that sixteen-game unbeaten sequence they have been a little inconsistent, with three defeats and four draws coming in the last twelve - further to that they were also beaten last time out by Grimsby Town and have won just once in five.
Alfreton will be lifted by clinching a draw with Tuesday's opponents earlier on in the campaign, which was in fact during that earlier mentioned stellar run. Nicky Law's side also have recent fond memories of the R Costings Abbey Stadium, picking up a 3-0 win last at the ground last term. Overall recent history favours the Reds with just one defeat in five, which came way back in the 2011/12 campaign.
And manager Law will be boosted by the return of striker Shaun Harrad who missed the draw at Salisbury to be with his wife at the birth of their son Mason.
With home games against Aldershot Town and Gateshead up next The Reds will be keen to enter those with momentum behind them and Tuesday's second against third clash provides a perfect opportunity to generate that.
However, Cambridge will be keen to gain another home win to maintain their automatic promotion hopes.Fixtures for Tuesday, February 11th
Cambridge United v ALFRETON TOWN
Dartford v Grimsby Town
Forest Green Rovers v Braintree Town
Macclesfield Town v Luton Town
Salisbury City v Woking
Tamworth v Hyde
Wrexham v Hereford United
Fixture for Thursday, February 13th
Chester v FC Halifax Town
INFORMATION FOR REDS FANS VISITING CAMBRIDGE UNITED
The following information has kindly been supplied by Cambridge United for fans visiting the R Costings Abbey Stadium
"A warm welcome to all visiting supporters from Cambridge Fans United Match Day Information Cambridge United is a fan-friendly club and welcomes all fellow football supporters who come to enjoy all we have to offer at the R Costings Abbey stadium.
For ticket price information please visit the Club website: http://www.cambridge-united.co.uk
You can also contact the club via their direct line 01223 566500 where a member of staff will happily help you with any questions or queries you have.
Commercial Opportunities To take advantage of the numerous commercial and match day hospitality opportunities or information on our special welcome to families, including ground tours and mascot packages, please ring the club direct on 01223 566500.
This is available throughout the season for all blind and visually-impaired supporters, whether home or away, seated or standing, attending the R Costings Abbey Stadium.
We will provide a set of i-pod style earphones, and a pocket sized receiver (10x6x2cm). The service is provided and administered by highly trained volunteers, supporters of Cambridge United who are committed to the inclusive enjoyment and comfort of all fans attending.
We strongly recommend that the service is pre-booked by contacting Nick Parker on 07929 589925 or email@example.com.
Look out for our recently introduced Abbey Helpers wearing their distinctive purple tops. They are here to welcome, assist and help spectators both inside and outside the stadium.
Cambridge United Supporters’ Club
The supporters’ club is located outside the ground but adjacent to it.
It is open to away supporters on match days by paying an entry fee of £1.50 on the door. They serve hot and cold food and drinks, and there is also a large screen television. It is best to ring 01223 241771 prior to your visit to ensure they will be able to accommodate you.
On-street parking is available close to the ground, but do arrive early as the later you try and park the further you will have to walk to the ground.
How To Find Us
Cambridge can be a difficult enough place for locals to drive around, so please follow the link below for details of how to find the ground and the facilities available. http://www.cambridge-united.co.uk/club/stadium/
Cambridge is easily accessible by road or rail.
For further information please use the following websites: AA Route Planner http://www.theaa.com Train Time Details http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ National Express http://www.nationalexpress.com/
If you are only on a flying visit, Stansted Airport is about 40 minutes away and Cambridge has its own small local airport near the ground.
Why Not Stay Over in Cambridge? Cambridge is a historic University City with good links to other parts of East Anglia and London. Why not make the match just part of a weekend or longer stay? In addition to the world famous colleges and museums in the city, there is also the Imperial War Museum at Duxford Airfield and the historic towns of St Ives and Bury St Edmunds to explore.
For additional places to visit follow either of the links below which also give details of hotels in the City and nearby: http://www.visitcambridge.org/ http://www.cambridgetouristinformation.co.uk/
For the sporting fan, the world famous horseracing centre at Newmarket is only a few miles from the ground.
There are races in the spring and during the late summer. If there is no racing on the weekend of your visit, you can still watch the horses out training on Newmarket Heath or visit the Horse Racing museum in Newmarket. Cambridge if a fantastic shopping location, for those travelling with partners with no interest in football.
The Grand Arcade has many designer names. Cambridge Fans United hopes that this information will make your visit to the R Costings Abbey Stadium more enjoyable. You will find our white information kiosk outside the ground on match days – please call in if you need any help.
If there is something you think we could include or any web site addresses needing to be changed, please inform us via email at: http://www.cambridgefansunited.org/contact-cfu.html or write to Cambridge Fans United c/o Cambridge United FC Telephone: 07957 344 005 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8LN