Following their promotion from League Two last season, Cambridge United have had a commendable campaign in England’s third tier, currently sitting 14th after 32 outings.
After three consecutive league wins and an eye-catching 1-0 away victory over Newcastle United in the FA Cup, Mark Bonner’s side had to battle through a slump, failing to win any of their next four matches in the third tier.
The U’s made a return to winning ways at the weekend, as Sam Smith and Wes Hoolahan got on the scoresheet in a 2-0 home defeat of Accrington Stanley.
That saw Bonner’s men move back above Cheltenham Town and Charlton Athletic and up to 14th spot, with the chance to move back into the top half with a victory on Tuesday.
They face a difficult test though, as Plymouth travel looking for a fifth straight league victory in their promotion bid.
The departure of former manager Ryan Lowe in December seemed to act as a hammer blow for the Pilgrims, as a poor run of form under Steven Schumacher in the aftermath triggered a drop out of the playoff spots.
However, they have since bounced back in eye-catching fashion, firstly arresting a slump with a 3-1 victory over Doncaster Rovers before a valiant effort at Stamford Bridge saw them only narrowly knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea after extra time, with Macauley Gillesphey having given them an early lead.
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The Home Park outfit then went on to pick up wins over Crewe Alexandra and Shrewsbury Town before making it four league wins on the bounce with a defeat of Gillingham on Saturday.
Jordon Garrick opened the scoring in the first five minutes of the second half, and Luke Jephcott went on to convert a penalty to secure all three points, firing the Pilgrims above Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers and back into the top six.
Now level on points with fourth-placed Oxford United while only remaining a point ahead of Sunderland, Schumacher’s men will know that it is vital that they continue their impressive form heading into the final months of the season