Liam Hughes moved Cambridge United to within a point of Conference leaders Luton with a superb winner at Tamworth.

Home goalkeeper Cameron Belford frustrated the visitors either side of the break, tipping a Hughes header over the bar and denying Matthew Barnes-Homer in a one-on-one.

Hughes eventually beat Belford with a 30-yard free-kick to earn United a first away league win since October.

Lloyd Kerry was the only man to test U's keeper Will Norris on his debut.

The 20-year-old was called up to deputise for John Sullivan who was injured during the warm up.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Tamworth

  • 01 Belford
  • 21 Thomas
  • 34 Keane
  • 06 Richards-Everton Booked
  • 02 Evans
  • 29 Hildreth Booked (Waldon - 64' )
  • 25 Haworth (Todd - 69' )
  • 07 Kerry Booked
  • 32 Mahon
  • 17 Peniket
  • 28 Chadwick

Substitutes

  • 20 Todd
  • 09 Richards
  • 04 Townsend
  • 12 Waldon
  • 08 Baker

Cambridge United

  • 13 Norris
  • 04 Coulson
  • 06 Miller
  • 03 Taylor Booked
  • 07 Donaldson (Arnold - 63' Booked )
  • 18 Berry
  • 11 Dunk (Tait - 73' )
  • 08 Champion
  • 17 Hughes Booked
  • 39 Barnes-Homer (Roberts - 67' )
  • 10 Elliott

Substitutes

  • 14 Tait
  • 22 Spillane
  • 24 Arnold
  • 01 Sullivan
  • 02 Roberts
Ref: Ben Toner
Att: 833

Match Stats

Shots

8 6

On target

1 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tamworth 0, Cambridge United 1.

90:00 +3:58 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tamworth 0, Cambridge United 1.

90:00 +1:52

Offside, Cambridge United. Liam Hughes tries a through ball, but Liam Hughes is caught offside.

88:41

Offside, Cambridge United. Liam Hughes tries a through ball, but Liam Hughes is caught offside.

87:48

Attempt missed. Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

86:50 Booking

Booking Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:36

Foul by Greg Taylor (Cambridge United).

86:36

Connor Waldon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

84:32 Booking

Booking Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:24

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).

84:24

Jack Evans (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

83:11

Attempt missed. Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

83:02

Attempt blocked. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:03

Hand ball by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

80:42 Booking

Booking Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:32

Foul by Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth).

80:32

Ian Miller (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

79:17

Corner, Tamworth.

78:00

Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

78:00

Connor Waldon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

76:59

Offside, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold tries a through ball, but Nathan Arnold is caught offside.

76:38

Corner, Tamworth.

75:19

Attempt missed. Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Todd with a cross.

74:49

Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

72:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Richard Tait replaces Harrison Dunk because of an injury.

69:21

Hand ball by Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth).

68:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Andy Todd replaces Andy Haworth.

63:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Connor Waldon replaces Lee Hildreth.

63:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 0, Cambridge United 1. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

62:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold replaces Ryan Donaldson.

61:40

Foul by Lee Hildreth (Tamworth).

61:40

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

60:54

Attempt saved. Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

60:24

Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

56:47

Foul by Andy Haworth (Tamworth).

56:47

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

56:00

Corner, Tamworth.

54:32 Booking

Booking Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

50:42

Corner, Cambridge United.

49:56

Corner, Cambridge United.

49:19

Attempt saved. Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

47:19

Attempt missed. Jack Evans (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

46:16 Booking

Booking Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:08

Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

46:08

Richard Peniket (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Tamworth 0, Cambridge United 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tamworth 0, Cambridge United 0.

43:29

Hand ball by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

41:35

Attempt missed. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

41:24

Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

41:24

Wayne Thomas (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

39:43

Foul by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

39:43

Will Norris (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

34:48

Corner, Cambridge United.

34:19

Corner, Cambridge United.

32:47 Booking

Booking Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:19

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

32:19

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

30:31

Foul by Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth).

30:31

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

29:00

Attempt saved. Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

27:43

Attempt blocked. Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:15

Corner, Cambridge United.

25:12

Foul by Lee Hildreth (Tamworth).

25:12

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

24:29

Foul by Tom Elliott (Cambridge United).

24:29

Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

20:59

Foul by Josh Coulson (Cambridge United).

20:59

Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

17:01

Foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United).

17:01

Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

15:46

Offside, Cambridge United. Matthew Barnes-Homer tries a through ball, but Matthew Barnes-Homer is caught offside.

12:52

Attempt missed. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

12:28

Foul by Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth).

12:28

Josh Coulson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

7:38

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

7:38

Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

5:48

Offside, Cambridge United. Matthew Barnes-Homer tries a through ball, but Matthew Barnes-Homer is caught offside.

4:48

Offside, Tamworth. Nick Chadwick tries a through ball, but Nick Chadwick is caught offside.

2:11

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

2:11

Jack Evans (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

1:58

Corner, Cambridge United.

1:22

Corner, Cambridge United.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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