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Cambridge United 2-0 Salisbury City
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SALISBURY City dropped two places in Skrill Premier after a second half brace from Crystal Palace loanee Kwesi Appiah handed unbeaten Cambridge United their 11th league win of the season.
The table-toppers had a difficult first half though as Salisbury made a positive start and were enjoying plenty of goalmouth action but couldn’t find a fruitful ending.
Dan Fitchett tested Cambridge’s keeper Chris Maxwell early on and former United man Brian Dutton, getting his second consecutive start of the campaign, guided a header just past a post.
Elliott Frear posed a threat on the left wing with his dangerous crosses – keeping Maxwell alert, but chances were few and far between, yet the hosts started to liven up with the arrival of Appiah five minutes before the break.
And Cambridge’s frontman made a noticeable difference, slotting his side in front in the 49th minute as he cleaned up on Will Puddy and James Clarke’s lapse in communication.
Seven minutes later he doubled Cambridge’s lead after calmly finishing Nathan Arnold’s lay-off from a swift counter-attacking move.
Clovis Kamdjo went close for Salisbury midway through the second half, but failing to unlock Cambridge’s robust defence left them succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at the Abbey Stadium.
“We always knew it was going to be a difficult game as Cambridge are absolutely flying at the moment,” said Salisbury manager Mikey Harris.
“The first half was pleasing for me. We kept possession well, created a couple of chances and on another day if we went a goal up it could have been a very different story. I felt that we were the better team in the first half – but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
“We’re, of course, disappointed with the goals we conceded. We’ll take our medicine, and look to bounce back.”
Salisbury head to Skrill South side Bath City on Saturday in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round (3pm).
Salisbury: Puddy, Clarke (MacDonald 80), Wilson, Dutton, Sinclair, Wellard, Wright, McPhee, Fitchett, Lewis (Feeney, 74), Frear (Kamdjo, 65).
Subs not used: Bittner, Brett.
Att: 3,622 Referee: Amy Fearn