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20:13 6th November 2010


Town and Cambridge United could not be separated in front of the ESPN cameras in this FA Cup sponsored by E.ON First Round clash at the Abbey Stadium this afternoon, which means that a replay will now take place in Huddersfield.

Lee Clark's side kept another clean sheet in this full-blooded encounter as the Blue Square Premier side battled hard and showed plenty of attacking intent, but the game was goalless and now the game will go to another game.

Town, in their red and black striped change kit, started in impressive fashion, pressing their lower league opponents out of possession and passing the ball calmly when they had it. The new strike partnership of Afobe and Rhodes linked up nicely on a couple of occasions in the early stages, but nothing came from their efforts.

Graham Carey was picked out by fellow winger Pilkington on the far left in the 7th minute after a patient passage of Town passing, but a defender managed to cut out his excellent low cross as Rhodes looked to pounce.

Lee Clark's side had almost total dominance of the ball in the opening quarter of an hour, but couldn't register the first goal of the game. Carey tried to cheekily beat the 'keeper at his near post when it looked like he would float the ball towards the back stick from a wide position in the 12th minute, but steered the ball well wide.

The home side were playing with five across midfield and a solitary striker,but threw all their big men forward at their first set piece opportunity in the 16th minute. That came to no avail, but the strength of former Leyton Orient man Wayne Gray saw him lever Liam Ridehalgh off the ball moments later before sending a low ball into the Town box. With striker Danny Wright lurking to convert, Antony Kay did brilliantly to get across and knock the ball behind.

Town were soon back on the attack, but Kay's looping header from Gudjonsson's left-sided corner landed on the top of the Cambridge net.

Cambridge then broke on the Terriers in the 23rd minute when left winger Willmott drove at Peltier and delivered a low cross into the box, but skipper Peter Clarke blocked the ball at the near post. The home side continued to attack and moments later Kay pulled off another fantastic block to deny the left back a clear shot at goal.

Clark's side were back on the attack moments later when Pilkington received a raking pass on the right from Gudjonsson, but his cross - aimed at Afobe at the back post - was just too long.

Home striker Wright then picked up a half-clearance from Kay a minute later before pulling the trigger from 25 yards, but he dragged a weak left-footed shot well wide.

Another superb cross-field pass from former Icelandic international Gudjonsson found Carey in space down the left as the half-hour mark approached, but his cross was deflected into the waiting hands of goalkeeper Naisbitt.

A Cambridge defender did well to clear Gudjonsson's viciously struck near post free kick with ten minutes of the half remaining before the influential midfielder sent the ball out to Carey with another inch perfect pass; this time the Celtic loanee got his cross in cleanly and although Afobe met the ball with his head at the near post ahead of the custodian he could only deflect it wide of the far post.

Rhodes held the ball up well for his team with two minutes of the first half left before finding the busy Carey with a low pass. This time the winger drove at the full back and flashed a powerful drive just over the Cambridge crossbar.


Cambridge started the second half brightly and had their best chance of the game in the 49th minute when a poor pass from Kay gifted possession to the home side. A quick-thinking midfielder played Simon Russell in on goal, but as the ball drifted to the left and Peter Clarke closed down the angle he hit a shot straight at Ian Bennett.

SUB - Lee Clark decided to make a change in the 53rd minute, with Scott Arfield replacing Carey.

BOOKING - Peter Clarke was shown the first yellow card of the game in the 55th minute for a block on striker Wright.

Rhodes then made a good run into the right channel and was picked out with a long pass; he flicked the ball infield to Afobe who sent his opponent slithering across the damp turf before squaring to Gudjonsson, but when the Icelander laid the ball back to Arfield his shot was blocked by a defender. Still, it was a good attack from the Terriers.

Afobe did well again in the 62nd minute to hold the ball up in the left corner before laying it back to Ridehalgh and although the full-back's cross was decent, Pilkington would have done very well to score with his header from 18 yards out. In the end, he diverted a decent effort wide of the near post.

Cambridge did well to clear Arfield's excellent cross from the left moments later as the Terriers stepped up a gear.

BOOKING - Cambridge's Rory McAuley was booked in the 64th minute for a mistimed challenge on Arfield as he cut infield.

Town's best chance of the half came courtesy of Gudjonsson's superb reverse pass into the path of Pilkington in the 70th minute, which set the winger away down the left; he advanced into the box before shooting left-footed, but his effort lacked power and was gathered in by the keeper down to his left side.

BOOKING - Cambridge defender Dave Partridge was booked moments later for a foul.

Pilkington then drifted infield from the right flank to have a go from 25 yards out and judging by the reaction of the Town supporters behind the goal, his effort wasn't far wide.

Hesitancy from Ridehalgh then allowed Russell to rob him of the ball down the Town left before crossing to the near post, but Bennett saved Wright's low effort.

Town then broke on the home side when Bennett found Pilkington on halfway with a quick throw; he ran directly at the defence before slipping the ball to the left for Afobe, but his attempted curler from the edge of the area was beaten away by the 'keeper.

Another determined run at the heart of the defence from Town's top scorer led to a good crossing opportunity for Arfield in the 82nd minute, but his low ball into the box was cleared by a defender.

SUB - Jamie McCombe had enjoyed a run-out as a striker at Plymouth earlier in the season and was deployed in the same way again when he replaced Rhodes in the 85th minute.

Suddenly the crosses started flying into the box towards the former Bristol City man and he was inches away from connecting with Arfield's left sided effort in the final minute of the game.

Afobe then set up Pilkington in added time and he could have won the tie with his left footed drive, but the 'keeper did well to claw the ball around the post. At the other end Willmott had a shot from a narrow angle that Bennett easily dealt with.


Huddersfield Town (4-4-2):

Ian Bennett; Liam Ridehalgh, Peter Clarke (c), Antony Kay, Lee Peltier; Graham Carey (Scott Arfield 53), Joey Gudjonsson, Damien Johnson, Anthony Pilkington; Jordan Rhodes (Jamie McCombe 85), Benik Afobe

Unused Subs: Nick Colgan, Nathan Clarke, Chris Atkinson, Aidan Chippendale, Matt Crooks

Town Booking: Peter Clarke (55)

Cambridge Bookings: Rory McAuley (64), Dave Partridge (71)

Attendance: 3,127

Town: 514

    Data provided by Press Association


    Town was the first club to win three successive league titles in 1926. Only Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have matched this feat.