Revenge is sweet
PUBLISHED: 11:03 05 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010
Stevenage Boro 3 Cambridge United 1 MARCUS CRAWLEY reports THE New Year celebrations continued at Broadhall Way on Monday lunchtime. Boro avenged their Boxing Day defeat at the Abbey Stadium after overcoming a lacklustre start to win with ease. Jon Nurse
Stevenage Boro 3 Cambridge United 1
MARCUS CRAWLEY reports
THE New Year celebrations continued at Broadhall Way on Monday lunchtime.
Boro avenged their Boxing Day defeat at the Abbey Stadium after overcoming a lacklustre start to win with ease.
Jon Nurse and George Boyd have been the two outstanding players in Boro's home games this season and both scored against mid-table visitors Cambridge.
Coupled with another goal for new boy Jefferson Louis, it made for a sweet beginning to 2006 for the Boro faithful.
The 1pm start did not seem to suit the hosts as they made a sluggish beginning.
Cambridge, attacking the end where their supporters massed, were the exact opposite and enjoyed their best spell of the match in the opening exchanges.
Gavin Heeroo spectacularly volleyed well wide in the second minute but their goal was not long in coming.
Good feet from the giant striker Fola Onibuje played in the lively Courtney Pitt. His left-foot shot looked to be covered by Alan Julian but it took a wicked deflection off the unfortunate Rob Quinn to give the keeper no chance.
The Us continued to press and a second goal did not seem out of the question as the home defence looked decidedly shaky.
But Boro grabbed a foothold midway through the half, something they never really relinquished.
The catalyst for this was again Nurse and Boyd as the pair both forced decent saves from Scott Howie in the space of a minute.
After Boyd's effort was tipped over, Ronnie Henry's header from the resulting corner was then cleared off his own line by David Bridges.
The equaliser arrived three minutes before the break as Boro got their passing game together.
A fine move saw Dino Maamria pick out Mickey Warner in acres of space. His shot was only parried by Howie and Nurse was the the first to react to head beyond the keeper.
The Boro joy was multiplied in added time as they took the lead.
A Cambridge corner broke loose and Dannie Bulman won a 50-50 challenge against Pitt.
Boyd took up the charge and released Louis, who still had a lot to do. But the gangling frontman hit a low shot past the sprawling Howie and in off the post to send Broadhall Way into raptures.
The second half belonged to Boro, especially after they made it three on 55 minutes with a goal of the highest quality.
More top drawer link-up play saw the impressive Danny Williams send over a clever crossfield ball to Boyd.
Again he had plenty to do but after teeing up the opportunity himself, he sent an expert lob over the stranded Howie.
It was a goal to grace any game and Boro were now in full flow.
Maamria was unlucky to see his header hit the post from another Williams delivery minutes later.
Cambridge boss Rob Newman introduced all three substitutes but apart from a Onibuje header which landed on top of the net, they never threatened.
Boro were content to play out time and scorers Nurse and Louis received rapturous applause when they were replaced in the closing stages.
This victory made it 28 points from a possible 33 at home for Graham Westley's side so far this season.
If Boro can improve their indifferent away record, who knows what the end of season might hold?
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