Former Tamworth striker Adam Cunnington scored a first-half penalty against his former club to help extend Cambridge United's unbeaten start to the season.

Luke Berry, who was fouled to win the spot-kick, doubled the U's advantage with a tap-in after Lambs goalkeeper Cameron Belford denied Nathan Arnold.

Berry scored his second in eight second-half minutes with a glancing header from Harrison Dunk's cross.

The Lambs finished with 10 men after Jordan Rose was shown a second yellow.

The visitors' best chance came before Cunnington opened the scoring, with a fingertip save from Chris Maxwell denying Wayne Thomas's close-range effort.

Midfielder Ryan Lloyd was rushed into Tamworth's starting side after his one-month loan move from Port Vale was announced minutes before kick-off at the Abbey Stadium.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cambridge United boss Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

Cambridge United boss Richard Money

"You need different types of victories to do well in this league. On a day when people expect you to win sometimes it's just not that easy. Tamworth have a history of being difficult opponents, they take points from a lot of teams, they've already taken points from Wrexham and Barnet.

"It's another benchmark victory in a different way for us, that we can get the right result on a day when people probably expected us to win and by and large it was relatively comfortable.

"In these types of games, you've got to be good when periods of the play are not what you really want and I think then when you get the opportunity to play, hopefully your quality comes through, but you've also got to be good at those moments when it's a little bit scrappy.

"On days like today it's up to the players to lead it from the pitch. The last thing you want is supporters getting frustrated. You hope the quality of your play and the excitement of your play will lift the support base and then the atmosphere becomes what you want it to be."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Cambridge Utd

  • 01 Maxwell
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Coulson
  • 06 Miller
  • 14 Tait
  • 07 Donaldson (Hughes - 77' )
  • 08 Champion
  • 11 Dunk (Austin - 79' )
  • 18 Berry (Spillane - 71' )
  • 24 Arnold
  • 09 Cunnington

Substitutes

  • 13 Norris
  • 22 Spillane
  • 16 Austin
  • 17 Hughes
  • 19 Sam-Yorke

Tamworth

  • 01 Belford Booked
  • 02 Evans
  • 05 Rose Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 14 Regan
  • 19 Capaldi
  • 21 Thomas
  • 08 Baker Booked
  • 20 Todd (Kerry - 75' )
  • 25 Lloyd
  • 10 Byfield (Woolery - 83' )
  • 17 Peniket

Substitutes

  • 23 Wren
  • 12 Harris
  • 07 Kerry
  • 11 Jones
  • 18 Woolery
Ref: Wigglesworth
Att: 2,527

Match Stats

Shots

15 15

On target

12 8

Corners

6 7

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:40 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:34

Lloyd Kerry takes a shot. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.

90:00 +1:47

Greg Taylor challenges Kaiyne Woolery unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Evans.

90:00 +1:23

The ball is crossed by Nathan Arnold. Cameron Belford safely holds on.

90:00 +0:07 Dismissal

Dismissal

90:00 +0:02

Jordan Rose challenges Mitch Austin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jordan Rose dismissed for second bookable offence. Greg Taylor takes the free kick.

88:51

Lloyd Kerry takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.

88:30

Liam Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Capaldi. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

87:41

Liam Hughes takes a shot. Cameron Belford parries the ball away.

86:57

Mitch Austin takes a shot. Cameron Belford catches the ball.

86:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Lloyd on Liam Hughes. Richard Tait takes the free kick.

86:09

Lloyd Kerry takes a shot. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.

85:40

Kaiyne Woolery delivers the ball. Richard Tait makes a clearance.

85:25

The ball is sent over by Lloyd Kerry. Josh Coulson makes a clearance.

84:58

Corner taken by Jack Evans.

84:36

The official flags Adam Cunnington offside. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

82:05 Substitution

Substitution Kaiyne Woolery comes on in place of Darren Byfield.

80:37

Nathan Arnold gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Regan. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

79:23

The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Byfield. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

78:14 Booking

Booking

78:05

Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

78:05 Substitution

Substitution Mitch Austin is brought on as a substitute for Harrison Dunk.

78:05

Foul by Jordan Rose on Harrison Dunk, free kick awarded. Jordan Rose receives a caution.

77:47

The ball is crossed by Ryan Lloyd. Ian Miller manages to make a clearance.

77:37

The ball is swung over by Lloyd Kerry. Clearance made by Liam Hughes.

76:51 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hughes on for Ryan Donaldson.

76:14

Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Cameron Belford makes a block.

75:22

Jack Evans takes a shot.

74:07 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Kerry on for Andy Todd.

72:48

Jack Evans takes a shot. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.

72:12

Foul by Ryan Lloyd on Ryan Donaldson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Spillane.

71:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Cunnington on Jack Evans. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

70:31 Substitution

Substitution Michael Spillane comes on in place of Luke Berry.

69:42

Harrison Dunk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Evans. Tony Capaldi takes a strike on goal from the free kick which goes harmlessly over the bar.

68:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Champion on Andy Todd. Tony Capaldi takes the free kick.

67:54

Centre by Jack Evans that comes to nothing.

66:48

Andy Todd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk. Nathan Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

65:28

Assist by Harrison Dunk.

65:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Berry - Cambridge 3 - 0 Tamworth Luke Berry grabs a goal with a headed effort. Cambridge Utd 3-0 Tamworth.

63:34

Darren Byfield is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Luke Berry.

61:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Tait on Richard Peniket. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

60:37

Corner taken by Jack Evans.

60:25 Booking

Booking

60:25

Cameron Belford receives a caution.

57:39

The assist for the goal came from Nathan Arnold. Wayne Thomas challenges Adam Cunnington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Champion takes the free kick. Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Cameron Belford blocks the ball. Short corner taken by Ryan Donaldson.

57:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Berry - Cambridge 2 - 0 Tamworth Luke Berry scores with their right foot. Cambridge Utd 2-0 Tamworth.

57:21

Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Cameron Belford parries the ball away.

55:42

Richie Baker fouled by Luke Berry, the ref awards a free kick. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

54:50

Richard Peniket is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Champion.

54:36

Ryan Donaldson produces a cross. Wayne Thomas manages to make a clearance.

53:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Taylor by Andy Todd. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

52:41

Wayne Thomas takes a shot. Chris Maxwell catches the ball.

51:55

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jack Evans. Clearance by Ian Miller.

50:36

Richie Baker takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

49:05

Corner taken by Harrison Dunk from the right by-line. Darren Byfield makes a clearance.

48:49

Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Cameron Belford dives and deflects the ball away.

46:16

Andy Todd concedes a free kick for a foul on Harrison Dunk. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

45:51

Centre by Ryan Lloyd. Richard Peniket takes a shot. Chris Maxwell catches the ball.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:36 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:53

Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Jordan Rose gets a block in. Greg Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Jack Evans.

43:33

Foul by Adam Cunnington on Matthew Regan, free kick awarded. Tony Capaldi restarts play with the free kick.

41:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Byfield by Ian Miller. Shot comes in from Jack Evans from the free kick which clears the target.

37:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Cunnington - Cambridge 1 - 0 Tamworth Penalty taken right-footed by Adam Cunnington and scored. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Tamworth.

35:55

Foul by Jordan Rose on Tom Champion, Penalty awarded.

35:12

Foul by Jordan Rose on Nathan Arnold, free kick awarded. Richard Tait takes the free kick.

33:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony Capaldi by Adam Cunnington. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

33:06

Greg Taylor delivers the ball.

32:39

Nathan Arnold fouled by Tony Capaldi, the ref awards a free kick. Greg Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

32:07

Corner taken by Jack Evans from the right by-line. Chris Maxwell parries the ball away.

31:35

Corner taken by Tony Capaldi. Wayne Thomas takes a shot. Chris Maxwell turns it away with a finger tip save.

30:49

Corner taken by Tony Capaldi.

30:03

The ball is swung over by Ryan Donaldson. Blocked by Jack Evans.

29:02

Jack Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Donaldson. Free kick taken by Greg Taylor.

26:44

Corner taken by Harrison Dunk from the right by-line.

26:21

Short corner worked by Ryan Donaldson.

25:27

Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Cameron Belford saves using their feet.

24:53

Andy Todd takes a shot.

22:44

Nathan Arnold crosses the ball. Jack Evans fouled by Adam Cunnington, the ref awards a free kick. Cameron Belford takes the free kick.

21:48

The official flags Adam Cunnington offside. Cameron Belford restarts play with the free kick.

20:42 Booking

Booking

20:36

Richie Baker challenges Harrison Dunk unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richie Baker is cautioned. Ryan Donaldson shoots direct from the free kick against the wall.

18:58

Luke Berry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Evans. Tony Capaldi sends in a cross. Header by Darren Byfield goes over the bar.

17:59

Nathan Arnold takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

17:16

The ball is sent over by Andy Todd.

17:00

Darren Byfield takes a shot. Chris Maxwell parries the effort to safety.

16:18

Richard Peniket concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Miller. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.

14:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Byfield on Nathan Arnold. Chris Maxwell takes the free kick.

13:50

Richie Baker sends in a cross. Header at goal by Ryan Lloyd to the left of the net.

11:32

Andy Todd produces a cross. Blocked by Josh Coulson.

10:54

Richard Peniket is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Coulson.

9:44

Corner from the right by-line taken by Harrison Dunk. Header by Luke Berry misses right.

9:27

Harrison Dunk sends in a cross. Clearance made by Matthew Regan.

9:05

Corner taken by Harrison Dunk from the right by-line. Tony Capaldi manages to make a clearance.

4:28

Shot by Ryan Donaldson went wide right of the target.

3:21

Corner taken by Tony Capaldi from the right by-line. Clearance by Ryan Donaldson.

2:56

The ball is swung over by Ryan Lloyd. Greg Taylor manages to make a clearance.

1:55

Harrison Dunk sends in a cross. Clearance made by Wayne Thomas.

0:00

The game begins.

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