Two goals in four second-half minutes helped Cambridge to a comfortable victory over Braintree in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The U's went in front when Michael Gash latched on to Tom Shaw's pass to find the bottom corner.

Simon Smith then slotted home from close range, before Andy Pugh's smart finish rounded off the scoring.

Shaw was sent off for violent conduct with a quarter of the match to play, but Braintree could not capitalise.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 03 Habergham Booked
  • 15 Massey
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 19 Wells
  • 05 Paine
  • 07 Symons (Hunt - 73' )
  • 12 Daley
  • 17 Mulley (Sparkes - 64' )
  • 09 Marks
  • 20 Holman (Sheppard - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 28 Watts
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 26 Hunt
  • 14 Sheppard

Cambridge United

  • 24 Ross
  • 02 Roberts Booked
  • 03 Jennings Booked
  • 04 Coulson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 06 Shaw Dismissed
  • 11 Dunk (Haynes-Brown - 80' Booked )
  • 15 Pugh
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 09 Gash
  • 28 Smith (Hughes - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Hedge
  • 34 Haynes-Brown
  • 08 Wellard
  • 22 Willmott
  • 17 Hughes
Ref: Hopkins
Att: 1,133

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

7 6

Corners

8 1

Fouls

15 19

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:58 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:29

The ball is crossed by Sam Habergham, Craig Ross makes a save.

89:43

The ball is crossed by Daniel Sparkes, Kaine Sheppard concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Ross. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Ross.

88:58

Matthew Paine challenges James Jennings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Coulson restarts play with the free kick.

87:09

The ball is sent over by Sam Habergham, Liam Hughes manages to make a clearance.

85:39

The ball is sent over by Pat O'Connor, blocked by Liam Hughes.

84:35

Michael Gash has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

83:36

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Sparkes, clearance made by Liam Hughes.

83:36 Booking

Booking The referee shows James Jennings a yellow card.

83:16

Foul by Liam Hughes on Luke Daley, free kick awarded.

82:40

Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

82:40 Booking

Booking Curtis Haynes-Brown goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

82:28

Dean Wells fouled by Curtis Haynes-Brown, the ref awards a free kick.

81:42

The ball is sent over by Daniel Sparkes, Sean Marks takes a shot. Save made by Craig Ross.

79:05 Substitution

Substitution Harrison Dunk leaves the field to be replaced by Curtis Haynes-Brown.

78:27

The ball is delivered by Pat O'Connor, clearance made by Rory McAuley.

76:47

Luke Daley has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Craig Ross.

76:47 Booking

Booking Kevin Roberts receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

75:47

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes, Sam Habergham fouled by Kevin Roberts, the ref awards a free kick.

74:49

Kevin Roberts fouled by Kaine Sheppard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Coulson.

72:28 Substitution

Substitution Declan Hunt replaces Nicky Symons.

72:28

Short corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the left by-line.

72:17

Daniel Sparkes delivers the ball, clearance by Kevin Roberts.

71:54

The ball is delivered by Pat O'Connor, clearance made by Andy Pugh.

70:58

Nicky Symons crosses the ball.

69:31

Sam Habergham sends in a cross, blocked by James Jennings.

69:15

The ball is sent over by Pat O'Connor.

68:38

Michael Gash gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Habergham. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

68:09 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hughes comes on in place of Sam Smith.

66:34

Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

66:34 Dismissal

Dismissal Tom Shaw shown a red card.

66:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Shaw on Sam Habergham.

65:05

Kaine Sheppard fouled by Josh Coulson, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

63:53 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Sparkes on for James Mulley.

63:28 Substitution

Substitution Kaine Sheppard comes on in place of Dan Holman.

62:36

Foul by Harrison Dunk on Pat O'Connor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luke Daley, The ball is swung over by Rory McAuley, Rory McAuley manages to make a clearance.

61:04

Assist on the goal came from Michael Gash.

61:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Pugh - Braintree 0 - 3 Cambridge Goal scored by Andy Pugh from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-3 Cambridge Utd.

58:48

Assist on the goal came from Kevin Roberts.

58:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Smith - Braintree 0 - 2 Cambridge Sam Smith gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-2 Cambridge Utd.

58:30

The ball is delivered by Kevin Roberts,

57:44

Unfair challenge on Sam Smith by Dean Wells results in a free kick. James Jennings takes the indirect free kick.

56:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Massey by Sam Smith. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

56:25

Tom Shaw takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

54:42 Booking

Booking Booking for Sam Habergham.

54:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Smith by Sam Habergham. Free kick taken by Rossi Jarvis.

52:16

Dan Holman takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Coulson.

51:04

Luke Daley takes the inswinging corner, Craig Ross fouled by Sean Marks, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Ross.

50:28

Sam Smith sends in a cross, save by Craig Ross.

48:54

Pat O'Connor sends in a cross, clearance made by Kevin Roberts.

45:49

The ball is crossed by Andy Pugh, clearance made by Pat O'Connor.

45:17

Michael Gash delivers the ball, clearance made by Sam Habergham.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:56

Sam Smith delivers the ball.

43:46

The referee blows for offside against Dan Holman. Craig Ross restarts play with the free kick.

43:12

A cross is delivered by Pat O'Connor, Andy Pugh gets a block in.

42:20

Unfair challenge on Michael Gash by Nicky Symons results in a free kick. James Jennings takes the free kick.

39:58

Matthew Paine challenges Andy Pugh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Ross.

39:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Luke Daley, Rory McAuley makes a clearance.

38:58

Sean Marks takes a shot. Save by Craig Ross.

38:48

Matthew Paine produces a cross, Tom Shaw manages to make a clearance.

37:19

Corner taken by Luke Daley from the left by-line played to the near post, Dean Wells takes a shot. Save by Craig Ross.

36:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Smith on Dean Wells. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

36:02

Rossi Jarvis takes a shot. Alan Massey gets a block in.

35:22

Unfair challenge on Luke Daley by James Jennings results in a free kick. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

34:03

Luke Daley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, James Mulley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Ross.

33:51

A cross is delivered by James Mulley, clearance made by James Jennings.

31:54

Andy Pugh takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Massey.

28:57

Luke Daley produces a cross, clearance made by James Jennings.

28:11

Tom Shaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Paine. Luke Daley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by James Jennings.

27:26

Harrison Dunk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pat O'Connor. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

27:02

Harrison Dunk fouled by Luke Daley, the ref awards a free kick. James Jennings takes the indirect free kick.

26:42

The ball is swung over by Kevin Roberts, save made by Danny Naisbitt.

24:43

The assist for the goal came from Tom Shaw.

24:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Gash - Braintree 0 - 1 Cambridge Michael Gash finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-1 Cambridge Utd.

23:41

Foul by Rory McAuley on Sean Marks, free kick awarded. Matthew Paine restarts play with the free kick.

23:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory McAuley by Sean Marks. Craig Ross takes the free kick.

21:28

Matthew Paine fouled by Michael Gash, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

20:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dan Holman. Craig Ross restarts play with the free kick.

19:59

Dan Holman takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

19:13

Sean Marks concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Ross. Craig Ross takes the indirect free kick.

18:04

Shot from just outside the box by Luke Daley goes over the bar.

17:34

Unfair challenge on Matthew Paine by Tom Shaw results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

16:38

Corner taken right-footed by Luke Daley from the left by-line to the near post, Dean Wells gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory McAuley. Free kick taken by Craig Ross.

15:34

Unfair challenge on James Mulley by Kevin Roberts results in a free kick. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

14:07

Sam Smith is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

13:27

Corner taken by Rossi Jarvis played to the near post, Harrison Dunk has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

12:29

Foul by Dean Wells on Sam Smith, free kick awarded. Rossi Jarvis takes the free kick, Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Sean Marks gets a block in.

11:50

The ball is swung over by Nicky Symons.

10:19

Andy Pugh challenges Dan Holman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Symons, Effort from long distance by Dan Holman goes wide right of the goal.

8:54

Matthew Paine fouled by Tom Shaw, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

8:33

Alan Massey crosses the ball, save by Craig Ross.

7:22

Harrison Dunk crosses the ball.

6:54

James Mulley challenges Kevin Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Roberts takes the indirect free kick.

6:31

Nicky Symons takes a shot. Craig Ross makes a save.

5:22

Luke Daley takes a shot. Sean Marks gets a block in.

3:05

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luke Daley, save by Craig Ross.

2:47

Dan Holman takes a shot. James Jennings gets a block in.

2:19

Centre by Sam Habergham, James Jennings manages to make a clearance.

1:42

Josh Coulson concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Marks. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

1:31

Kevin Roberts produces a cross, James Mulley gets a block in.

0:09

Handball decision goes against Michael Gash. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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