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Cambridge United 1-2 Hull City

23 July 2022

Hull City came from behind to defeat Cambridge United in their penultimate pre-season fixture.

Despite falling behind to Sam Smith’s early finish, goals in each half from Randell Williams and Tyler Smith secured the Tigers victory.

Shota Arveladze named a young side to face the League One outfit, with David Robson starting between the posts and three academy graduates of Andy Smith, Jevon Mills and Jake Leake in the defence.

First-team members Greg Docherty, Andy Cannon, Randell Williams and Tyler Smith also started, with Callum Elder captaining the side.

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Harry Wood had the first opportunity of the game as he fired his shot over the bar before the hosts took the lead on five minutes. Shilow Tracey released Sam Smith through on goal and his strike found the bottom corner with the aid of a deflection off Leake.

The Tigers looked to come roaring back as Williams played the ball for the run of Wood, who in turn squared it back to Vaughn Covil whose strike was cleared off the line by Jubril Okedina.

At the other end, Sam Smith’s effort was blocked by Andy Smith before Tracey’s strike from the resulting corner was held by Robson. Docherty then rounded the onrushing Will Mannion before playing the ball back to Tyler Smith, but the forward could only fire his shot wide with the goal gaping.

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Arveladze’s men pulled themselves level on the stroke of half-time. Wood played a pass out wide for Cannon, who picked out the run of Randell Williams, who converted from close range.

Randell Williams looked to secure his brace early in the second half as a quick counter attack created space for the wing-back to shoot, but his curling effort was off target.

Past the hour mark, the Tigers received a penalty as Leake was fouled by Okedina. Tyler Smith stepped up and dispatched his spot-kick into the bottom corner, sending Mannion the wrong way, to put City in front.

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Cambridge had a great opportunity to equalise 12 minutes later as Harvey Knibbs released Tracey through on goal, but Andy Smith’s stunning recovery challenge blocked the winger’s attempt.

In the latter stages, Wood tested Mannion from distance while Docherty fired over from range.


Cambridge United (4-2-3-1): Mannion; G Williams, Okedina, Jones, Dunk (Haunstrup 80’); O’Neill (May 73’), Digby (C); S Smith (Janneh 80’), Knibbs (Lankester 80’), Tracey (Brophy 73’); Ironside.  

Subs Not Used: Holden, Taylor, Ibsen Rossi, Simper, Worman.


Hull City (3-5-2): Robson; A Smith, Mills, Leake; R Williams, Wood, Docherty, Cannon, Elder (C); T Smith, Covil.  

Subs Not Used: Fisk, Wallis, Hall, Jacob.

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