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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Tuesday 23rd October 2001
Football League Division Two
Currie - Wonder goal Wycombe extended their unbeaten in Division Two to seven games with a 2-2 draw at the old scrapping ground of Layer Road. All the goals came in the first half with Wycombe coming from behind on two occasions. Mickey Stockwell opened the scoring on 12 minutes but Steve Brown equalised 50 seconds later. Kevin Rapley restored the home's side lead on 27 minutes but a wonder strike from Darren Currie levelled the scores in first-half stoppage time. Wycombe remain 6th in the Division Two table as The Wanderers continue to enjoy their longest unbeaten run under Lawrie Sanchez.
In front of the biggest gate so far this season at Layer Road, Wycombe made just one change to the side that won at Bristol City on Saturday, Richard Walker replacing the injured Jermaine McSporran. New signing Stuart Roberts was on the bench and made his Wycombe debut as a second-half substitute. The 21 year old Welshman showed real potential even in the limited time he was on the pitch.
After a scrappy opening the game sprang into life in the 12th minute when Mark Rogers couldn't deal with a ball into the Wycombe box by Karl Duguid, allowing Micky Stockwell to chest the ball down and fire home from just inside the Wycombe penalty area.
Wycombe were level within 50 seconds when Andy Rammell flicked on to Steve Brown on the left wing, Brownie' driving in a long range effort that went into the net despite the attempts of Gavin Johnson.
A minute later Izzet had to clear off the line as Wycombe rallied. Rammell's header went high on 19 minutes as the game returned to a more cautious approach from both sides. Rammell also needed a stern talking to by the referee for his soemtimes over zealous approach to the game.
The game burst back into life again on 26 minutes when Taylor made a good save from Kemal Izzett following a cross from Scott McGleish. From the resulting corner Colchester took the lead again, the ball being cleared and then returned into the danger area where Kevin Rapley was first to react as Wanderers' defence froze, striking the ball home left footed.
The goal gave the home side confidence and they looked the side more likely to add to the score. Izzett went close with a long range effort following a free-kick for a foul against Paul McCarthy for handball. Danny Senda then had to be alert to block out Stockwell.
Wycombe then responded during first-half stoppage time. First Brown put in Rammell but Andy Woodman did enough to stop 'Rambo's left footed effort. Then in the second minute of stoppage time Darren Currie struck a wonder goal as he got clear on the right before striking home left footed from around 25 yards.
Typically the second-half didn't live up to the first-half in goalscoring terms but there were further chances for both sides. A Walker shot from close range was shut out by the challenge of Simon Clarke on the hour mark and Brown had a snap effort saved by Woodman four minutes later. Walker was just inches away again with an angled drive before Colchester turned on the pressure again, Izzett and McGleish causing a few hairy moments in the Wycombe defence.
Sanchez settled things down with a double substitution on 70 minutes, introducing Gavin Holligan and Stuart Roberts. Both players enjoyed their brief showing. Roberts had a great little run within a few minutes of coming on and with eight minutes left on the clock the Welshman took the ball out wide right before delivering a cross that Holligan was not too far away from converting.
At the other end Chris Vinnicombe up-ended McGleish near the corner flag and McCarthy had to dig in to prevent a late winner for the home side but on the balance of play a draw was probably a fair result.
Final Score Colchester 2 Wycombe 2
Wycombe: : Taylor, Senda, Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Rogers, Currie (sub 70 Roberts), Simpson, Bulman, Brown (sub 84 Ryan), Rammell, Walker (sub 70 Holligan)
subs not used: Carroll, Emblen
Yellow Cards: Simpson (foul 34), Rogers (foul 87)
Colchester:Woodman, Duguid, Gavin Johnson, Ross Johnson, Clark, Stockwell (sub 63 Keith), Bowry, Pinault, Izzet, Rapley (sub 75 Morgan), McGleish
subs not used: Brown, White, Blackwell
Yellow Cards: -
Referee:Mr T Parkes (Birmingham) Attendance: 5,186 (Wycombe 450)
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