Cambridge City scored two early goals to seal a relegation win by hosting Yaxley

Robbie Nightingale was delighted with his Cambridge City side’s “dominant display” during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Yaxley.

Goals in the first 20 minutes from Tom Wamsley and recent arrival Tom Lorraine did the job for the Lilywhites, sealing a result that confirmed their hosts’ relegation to Division 5 after a difficult campaign.

Boss Nightingale said: “From our point of view, the display was absolutely dominant, especially in the first half. We introduced our debut to Aaron Hart at right-back and he looked very confident, relaxed and confident with the ball. He’ll be a massive signing for us as we move through the latter parts of the season season.

Cambridge City midfielder Ben Bradley v Yaxley on March 18, 2023. Photo: Pauline Muncie
Cambridge City midfielder Ben Bradley v Yaxley on March 18, 2023. Photo: Pauline Muncie

“We had some excellent periods in the first half where we kept the ball really well and our passing game was great.

“We were very disappointed not to keep scoring more goals, but you only get the same three points, so we’re happy about that, especially after two tough draws against the top six teams.

“We’re in a good position now and I was really happy for Benny Nolan, getting back into his favorite position and getting the assists for goals. Likewise for Tom Lauren, getting his first goal for us.

“We’ve had the opportunity to change some players with Mickey Davies back, being able to rest Jared (Robson) and having players like Simon Swinton who can come in and do a good job for us makes selection a lot easier.

“Negotiating the game without new injury concerns was a big plus for us and we still have Ryan Ingrie, Matty Miles, Scott Bridges and Tommy Rigby back, which will make us stronger.”

City broke the deadlock in the 15th minute through Wemsley, who put the finishing touch at the back post from Nolan’s low cross.

Winger Nolan was the inventor again four minutes later as Lorraine cut in from close range.

Thirteenth-placed City host Stamford on Saturday (25 March) and travel to Daventry Town on Tuesday (28 March), but before that tomorrow evening they will be at the Abbey Stadium to face Cambridge United youth in the Cambridgeshire Invitational Cup final.

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