Michael Gash scored for the fourth successive game as Cambridge extended their unbeaten run to eight games with victory over Braintree.

The U's began the stronger, with Kevin Roberts and Harrison Dunk both firing early efforts off target.

The visitors almost took advantage when Dan Holman's effort squeezed just over the bar.

But Gash scored the decisive goal when he turned in Rossi Jarvis's cross to finish a flowing move from the hosts.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cambridge United head coach Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"That is the biggest and best win since I have been here.

"The pitch was soft and drying and there was no pace in the pitch, so it was difficult to move the ball quick enough, and for 20 minutes we were outstanding.

"The most important thing today was the result and we said at half-time let's make sure one is enough to win it, because it looked like that type of day and we showed great resilience."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Cambridge United

  • 24 Ross
  • 02 Roberts
  • 03 Jennings
  • 04 Coulson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 11 Dunk (Haynes-Brown - 61' )
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 09 Gash
  • 15 Pugh (Wellard - 66' )
  • 17 Hughes
  • 28 Smith (Willmott - 53' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Hedge
  • 34 Haynes-Brown
  • 07 Gibson
  • 08 Wellard
  • 22 Willmott

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 03 Habergham Booked (Mulley - 49' )
  • 05 Paine Booked
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 28 Watts
  • 08 Davis Booked (Sparkes - 84' )
  • 12 Daley
  • 02 Peters
  • 09 Marks Booked
  • 20 Holman

Substitutes

  • 07 Symons
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 17 Mulley
  • 26 Hunt
  • 14 Sheppard
Ref: Ford
Att: 2,406

Match Stats

Shots

13 6

On target

5 2

Corners

5 6

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:34 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:59

James Mulley delivers the ball.

90:00 +2:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Mulley on Liam Hughes. Craig Ross takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:22

Ryan Watts takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:22 Booking

Booking Robbie Willmott is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Watts by Robbie Willmott.

90:00 +0:29

The ball is crossed by Curtis Haynes-Brown, Headed effort from inside the area by Liam Hughes misses to the left of the goal.

89:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricky Wellard on James Mulley. Ryan Watts takes the free kick.

89:01

Shot by Kevin Roberts from outside the box goes high over the target.

88:40

Effort from 20 yards by Michael Gash. Blocked by Alan Massey.

87:35

Foul by Matthew Paine on Curtis Haynes-Brown, free kick awarded. James Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

87:08

Free kick taken by James Jennings.

87:08 Booking

Booking Matthew Paine booked for unsporting behaviour.

86:57

Matthew Paine challenges Liam Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

85:01

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Sparkes.

84:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Daley, Dean Wells takes a shot. Craig Ross makes a save.

82:32

Dean Wells takes the indirect free kick.

82:32 Substitution

Substitution Kenny Davis goes off and Daniel Sparkes comes on.

82:32

The assistant referee signals for offside against Liam Hughes.

81:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Rossi Jarvis, Curtis Haynes-Brown takes a shot.

80:50

Shot comes in from Michael Gash from the free kick, Dean Wells gets a block in.

80:50 Booking

Booking Sean Marks goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

80:43

Robbie Willmott fouled by Sean Marks, the ref awards a free kick.

80:11

Inswinging corner taken by Rossi Jarvis from the left by-line, Ryan Peters makes a clearance.

79:09

The referee blows for offside. Craig Ross takes the indirect free kick.

78:53

Outswinging corner taken by Luke Daley.

78:02

The referee gives a free kick against Kevin Roberts for handball. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.

77:37

Ryan Peters sends in a cross.

73:21

Rossi Jarvis provided the assist for the goal.

73:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Gash - Cambridge 1 - 0 Braintree Goal scored by Michael Gash from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Braintree Town.

71:09

Sean Marks is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Craig Ross takes the free kick.

70:21

Robbie Willmott produces a cross.

69:14

Curtis Haynes-Brown takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

68:25

James Jennings challenges Sean Marks unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Daley takes the indirect free kick.

65:28 Substitution

Substitution (Cambridge Utd) makes a substitution, with Ricky Wellard coming on for Andy Pugh.

64:50

Foul by Sean Marks on Rory McAuley, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Ross.

62:49

Foul by Michael Gash on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

60:56 Substitution

Substitution Curtis Haynes-Brown joins the action as a substitute, replacing Harrison Dunk.

60:38

Effort on goal by Sean Marks from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

59:58

Shot from just outside the area by Harrison Dunk misses to the left of the target.

57:10

Dan Holman has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

56:14

Luke Daley takes the outswinging corner, Josh Coulson makes a clearance.

55:24

Shot by Matthew Paine. Harrison Dunk gets a block in.

52:23

Craig Ross restarts play with the free kick.

52:23 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Willmott on for Sam Smith.

52:23

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Daley, Sean Marks challenges Michael Gash unfairly and gives away a free kick.

51:27

Corner taken by Rossi Jarvis, Danny Naisbitt makes a save.

48:46 Substitution

Substitution James Mulley replaces Sam Habergham.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:32

Harrison Dunk produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

42:57

Ryan Watts produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

39:59

The ball is delivered by Luke Daley, Rory McAuley manages to make a clearance.

39:47

The ball is crossed by Sam Habergham, clearance by Rory McAuley.

34:05

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

32:41

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Watts.

30:13

Matthew Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Coulson. Free kick taken by Craig Ross.

29:48

Foul by Rossi Jarvis on Luke Daley, free kick awarded. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

28:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Harrison Dunk. Sam Habergham takes the free kick.

28:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Watts by Andy Pugh. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kenny Davis from left channel, Liam Hughes manages to make a clearance.

27:16

The ball is swung over by Matthew Paine, Craig Ross makes a clearance.

26:14

The ball is crossed by Luke Daley, clearance made by Josh Coulson.

23:22

James Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

23:22 Booking

Booking Kenny Davis goes into the book.

22:46

Unfair challenge on Sam Smith by Kenny Davis results in a free kick.

21:40

The free kick is delivered left-footed by James Jennings from right wing, clearance made by Ryan Peters.

21:40 Booking

Booking Booking for Sam Habergham for unsporting behaviour.

21:30

Sam Habergham challenges Harrison Dunk unfairly and gives away a free kick.

20:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dan Holman on Andy Pugh. Rossi Jarvis takes the free kick.

18:57

Dan Holman produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

18:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Harrison Dunk. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

18:17

The ball is swung over by Harrison Dunk, Alan Massey manages to make a clearance.

16:14

Kenny Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rossi Jarvis. Craig Ross takes the free kick.

15:21

Rossi Jarvis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Davis. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

14:32

Centre by Andy Pugh, Header by Liam Hughes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

13:04

Matthew Paine challenges Liam Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rossi Jarvis takes the free kick.

12:08

Unfair challenge on Michael Gash by Alan Massey results in a free kick. Rossi Jarvis takes the free kick.

8:59

Dean Wells challenges Sam Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Rossi Jarvis.

8:32

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

7:35

Corner taken by Rossi Jarvis.

7:13

Shot by Harrison Dunk. Save made by Danny Naisbitt.

6:57

Rossi Jarvis delivers the ball, Ryan Peters makes a clearance.

6:44

Rossi Jarvis takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Danny Naisbitt manages to make a clearance.

5:41

Effort on goal by Harrison Dunk from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

2:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Massey on Sam Smith. Indirect free kick taken by Rossi Jarvis.

2:01

Shot from outside the box by Kevin Roberts goes wide right of the target.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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