Ryan Bird set promotion-chasing Cambridge United up for a clinical victory at Salisbury City.

Andy Pugh had a lobbed effort cleared off the line for the visitors before Bird put the U's ahead, turning in Ryan Donaldson's blocked shot.

Greg Taylor made it 2-0 with his first goal of the campaign, rifling home from the edge of the box as Salisbury struggled to mount a fightback.

Donaldson made it three soon after, firing in off the underside of the bar.

Cambridge, who lifted the FA Trophy for the first time at Wembley on Sunday with victory over Gosport Borough, remain second in the Conference Premier table, 14 points behind leaders Luton.

Post-match: Salisbury boss Mikey Harris

Salisbury City manager Mikey Harris told BBC Wiltshire:

"The first half an hour of the game was probably the best we've played all season.

"But as has been the story of late, we let ourselves down with our final product.

"It became like Jekyll and Hyde. We went from controlling the game to losing our way.

"We got punished by some clinical finishing from Cambridge."

Cambridge United boss Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

Post-match: Cambridge boss Money

"At last it's a proper away performance culminating in the right result.

"I think we've had quite a few away performances and haven't ended up with the right result because we haven't scored the goals.

"Today we were very good in front of goal. It's about as good as you want really, especially after Sunday [winning the FA Trophy], because we used the euphoria.

"We looked good and were fresh. I was really pleased."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Salisbury City

  • 25 Bittner
  • 05 Clarke
  • 12 Kamdjo Booked
  • 23 MacDonald (Lewis - 69' )
  • 04 Brett
  • 30 Amankwaah
  • 06 Wilson
  • 14 Sinclair
  • 13 Sinclair (Frear - 32' )
  • 31 Sheringham
  • 09 White (Fitchett - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Lewis
  • 11 Frear
  • 19 George
  • 07 McPhee
  • 20 Fitchett

Cambridge United

  • 21 Siegrist
  • 02 Roberts
  • 05 Bonner
  • 03 Taylor
  • 06 Miller
  • 08 Champion
  • 07 Donaldson
  • 18 Berry (Gillies - 75' )
  • 15 Pugh (Arnold - 82' )
  • 17 Hughes Booked
  • 25 Bird (Sam-Yorke - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Gillies
  • 19 Sam-Yorke
  • 24 Arnold
  • 13 Norris
  • 14 Tait
Ref: Brett Huxtable
Att: 695

Match Stats

Shots

5 7

On target

1 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

+4:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Salisbury City 0, Cambridge United 3.

90:00 +3:53 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Salisbury City 0, Cambridge United 3.

90:00 +2:20

Foul by Theo Lewis (Salisbury City).

90:00 +2:20

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +0:44

Foul by Josh Gillies (Cambridge United).

90:00 +0:44

Theo Lewis (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

87:07

Foul by Dan Fitchett (Salisbury City).

87:07

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

85:29

Attempt missed. Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

83:49

Attempt missed. Dan Fitchett (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

81:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold replaces Andy Pugh.

81:12

Corner, Salisbury City.

78:30

Attempt missed. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Josh Gillies replaces Luke Berry.

73:57

Attempt missed. Dan Fitchett (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

73:14

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

73:14

James Clarke (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

71:36

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

71:36

Stuart Sinclair (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

71:04

Offside, Cambridge United. Tom Champion tries a through ball, but Tom Champion is caught offside.

70:00

Attempt missed. Charlie Sheringham (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

69:12

Foul by Ian Miller (Cambridge United).

69:12

Ryan Brett (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

69:00

Hand ball by Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United).

68:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Salisbury City. Theo Lewis replaces Angus MacDonald.

68:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Ryan Bird.

66:46

Corner, Salisbury City.

65:11

Offside, Cambridge United. Andy Pugh tries a through ball, but Andy Pugh is caught offside.

62:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Salisbury City 0, Cambridge United 3. Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

62:04 Booking

Booking Clovis Kamdjo (Salisbury City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:46

Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Salisbury City).

61:46

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

60:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Salisbury City 0, Cambridge United 2. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Donaldson.

59:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Salisbury City. Dan Fitchett replaces Jamie White.

58:16

Attempt missed. Charlie Sheringham (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

57:32

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Salisbury City).

57:32

Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

55:43

Corner, Salisbury City.

54:39

Corner, Cambridge United.

54:07

Corner, Cambridge United.

45:00

Second Half begins Salisbury City 0, Cambridge United 1.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Salisbury City 0, Cambridge United 1.

41:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Salisbury City 0, Cambridge United 1. Ryan Bird (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Donaldson.

40:12

Corner, Cambridge United.

38:34

Corner, Cambridge United.

34:46

Offside, Salisbury City. Jamie White tries a through ball, but Jamie White is caught offside.

34:20

Attempt blocked. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

31:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Salisbury City. Elliott Frear replaces Rob Sinclair because of an injury.

29:43

Foul by Andy Pugh (Cambridge United).

29:43

Glenn Wilson (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

23:54 Booking

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

23:53

Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

23:53

Rob Sinclair (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

21:22

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

21:22

Kevin Amankwaah (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

16:32

Foul by Tom Champion (Cambridge United).

16:32

Kevin Amankwaah (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

12:34

Foul by Ryan Brett (Salisbury City).

12:34

Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

11:23

Hand ball by Andy Pugh (Cambridge United).

8:26

Attempt saved. Rob Sinclair (Salisbury City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

7:39

Attempt missed. Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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