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Northampton Town 1
Tuesday 20th November 2001
Football League Division Two
Andy Rammell - two more goalsAn Andy Rammell goal five minutes from time was enough to see off Northampton Town at Adams Park. The game looked to heading for the obligatory 1-1 stalemate before 'Rambo' converted at the near post after an exchange between Michael Simpson and Paul Emblen had caused problems for The Cobblers defence on the right side of goal. Rammell had opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he managed to nudge the ball past Keith Welch in The Cobblers goal following a long through ball by Chris Vinnicombe. But Wanderers failed to turn possession into further goals and Marco Gabbiadini pulled the scores level six minutes before the interval following a neat one-two with Chris Hargreaves.
This was a game where the result was the all important factor and the three points keep Wanderers tucked nicely in fifth place, with the unbeaten run in the League now been stretched to eleven games. Northampton slump to bottom place.
Team news saw Wanderers without former Cobbler Steve Brown as he began his three match ban and as expected Dannie Bulman filled the vacant spot in midfield. That was the only change from the team that edged past Hayes in the FA Cup. For the visitors former Wanderers loan star Sam Parkin got a good reception when he came on as substitute for the visitors on 69 minutes. Parkin went close for The Cobblers two minutes after Rammell's strike but Wycombe survived to take three very welcome points but you can imagine that Northampton will feel a little aggrieved with going home pointless. However, there will be very few Wycombe fans losing sleep over that minor detail having seen points slip away in previous meetings with The Cobblers.
The evening's action had begun with Wycombe kicking towards the Valley End as they searched for another early breakthrough. However, the cutting edge in front of goal was lacking and it was the visitors who had the first serious effort at goal when John Frain curled a shot just wide of Martin Taylor's right-hand post.
A minute later Wycombe had claims for a penalty turned down when Andy Rammell looked to have been pushed off the ball by Richard Hope on the left side of the Cobblers penaly area. Rammell then scored his sixth League of the campaign as he picked up a through ball just left of centre before neatly tucking the ball past the advancing Welch.
Wanderers searched for that vital second goal and it was Rammell who went closest when he couldn't keep a header down following Stuart Robert's cross from the left bye-line in the 29th minute.
Wycombe's frustration in front of goal led to the visitors best spell of the game and a subsequent equaliser. The goal itself came after a Wycombe attack had broken down. Roberts slipped trying to cross again from the left and Cobblers broke with a fluid move that saw Gabbiadini finish in style.
Half-time 1-1
Six minute after the break Gabbiadini played in Roy Hunter on the Northampton right but Martin Taylor got down quickly to push the shot wide of his right-hand upright. Moments later Lawrie Sanchez changed things for Wycombe when he replaced Gavin Holligan with Paul Emblen. The style of the game seemed to suit 'Embers' and he went close in the 54th minute with a shot on the turn following a dummy from Currie.
The visitors still looked dangerous on the break as Sanchez left his seat in the stand to take up his pitch side position. It prompted Wycombe's best spell of the game. On the hour mark Currie's cross from the right to the near post was volleyed goalwards by Emblen but Welch gathered with ease. Then on 62 minutes Currie attempted another wonder goal with a long range effort following a lengthy build-up by Wycombe.
Wycombe enjoyed a massive let-off in the 74th minute when Duncan Spedding crashed a 25 yarder against Martin Taylor's crossbar. The ball came down onto the line and Wycombe scrambled clear.
Once again it was Wycombe's never say die attitude that won the game. With the visitors looking like they had settled for a point it was Currie who was involved again when his cross from the right in the 83rd minute was almost turned into his own net by Daryl Burgess. Dannie Bulman's shot from the resulting corner didn't have enough power to beat Welch but Wycombe's reward came a minute later. Wanderers worked the ball down the right and Rammell was in the right place to grab his second goal of the night. A classic Rammell celebration followed much to the non-amusement of the travelling fans from Northampton.
It was Sam Parkin who went the closest for the visitors in the dying moments but with Wycombe able to throw on further substitutes and waste away time, Wycombe clung on to grab their sixth home League victory of the season.
Final Score Wycombe 2 Northampton 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Senda, Rogers, Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Simpson, Currie (sub 89 Ryan), Bulman, Roberts (sub 88 Carroll), Rammell, Holligan (sub 52 Emblen)
subs not used: Cousins, Lee
Yellow Cards: Holligan (foul 22)
Northampton: Welch, Burgess, Spedding, Sampson, Hope, Hunter, Hunt, Frain, Hargreaves, Gabbiadini (sub 82 McGregor), Forrester (sub 69 Parkin).
subs not used: Hodge, Carruthers, Sollitt
Yellow Cards: Burgess (foul 4), Hunt (foul 52)
Referee:Mr G Hegley (Bishop's Stortford) Attendance: 5,817 (Northampton 420)
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