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Posted Sat 01 Mar 14 at 16:45 PM


Clinical Cambridge United stunned Harriers with a storming comeback on Saturday as the reds surrendered a 1-0 lead to go down 5-1 at the Abbey Stadium.

Without any real chances or openings to speak of it was still a hugely competitive opening quarter-hour or so as Harriers quickly pressed their hosts and got themselves into some dangerous areas thanks to some crisp passing.

After around 20 minutes one visiting surge forward saw Lee Vaughan's cross almost catch home stopper Will Norris in a word of trouble but the U's cleared their lines as far as Harriers skipper Kyle Storer who, from distance, directed a shot over the bar.

Just past the hour mark Harriers got the reward that their good start deserved, superb work from Adrian Cieslewicz saw him leave the United defence for dead at the by line before supplying Anthony Malbon who drilled a fine finish past the dive of Norris for 1-0.

Harriers had to be on their guard against an immediate reply as Ryan Bird drifted a shot over the bar moments later, Chey Dunkley then doing well on 38 minutes to block out Nathan Arnold' effort away for a corner.

Certainly the hosts responded well to going behind and just a few minutes before half-time they were level as a corner move saw Josh Coulson get a shot off that an unwitting Josh O'Keefe unintentionally diverted past his own goalkeeper and into the net.

United were strong to start in the second half and although Harriers went close through a Josh Gowling header, it would be Richard Money's men that completed a turnaround, a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead as, first, a Delano Sam-Yorke cross turned in at close range by Bird, before 'DSY' repeated the trick almost identically as he got the better of the reds defence, only this time directing his cross-shot straight past Vaughan to put the U's two clear.

Harriers almost responded and made it 3-2 straight away but close efforts from Cieslewicz and Lee Vaughan fizzed agonisingly wide of Norris's target, the stopper himself then denying Malbon with a save from an acute angle.

Chances continued at either end past the hour, Amari Morgan-Smith's low strike held by Norris before Bird's looping header dropped off target for the men in amber and black; Josh Gowling's volley next up into the final quarter-hour as he looked to direct a finish into the top corner.

But as Harriers failed to find the net again, Cambridge did just that. Nathan Arnold looked to take a ball down on the edge of the area but was adjudged to have been fouled by Chey Dunkley - a penalty awarded that Luke Berry powered home.

Two subs combined for United's fifth as Mitchell Austin's cross was finished off by Andy Pugh to combine the visitors' misery.

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