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Saturday 6th October 2001
Football League Division Two
Final whistle at Notts Andy Rammell's fourth goal in six games was enough to see Wycombe secure their first away win of the season and at the same time end County's unbeaten home record. Rammell struck in the 64th minute as he latched onto Darren Currie's inviting high ball in from the right side of midfield, Rambo tucking in the ball from the edge of the six yard box, much to the delight of the travelling Wycombe fans.
As expected Lawrie Sanchez stuck with the same line-up for the fourth consecutive league game and from his usual position in the stand he saw his side create several chances in a fairly evenly matched first half.
Richard Walker forced County 'keeper Steve Mildenhall to save with his legs in the sixth minute while at the other end Martin Taylor dived to keep out Gary Owers' effort. Former Reading striker Darren Caskey shot over from 20 yards on 17 minutes before playmaker Currie began to carve open the County defence. The ex-Barnet man took the ball wide left in the 20th minute before sending over a cross that Paul McCarthy was unable to get the necessary direction on with his far post header.
The chances were now coming thick and fast. Jermaine McSporran did well to get to Steve Brown's left wing cross on 28 minutes - his shot going fractionally high of the cross-bar. Five minutes later Simpson played in Rammell who then squared to McSporran but 'Jocky' was frustrated by a fine block by Mildenhall.
The home responded in the 34th minute when Ian Baraclough squared to Ian Hamilton but the County man stumbled on the chance vanished. A minute later Wycombe could have been ahead when Mildenhall was left stranded from a poor clearance but Steve Brown could only hit the post as he tried to pick his spot through a crowd of players.
County continued to threaten and Taylor got down well in the 38th minute to tip around a low 20 yard shot from Michael Cas. Two minutes later Taylor picked out Caskey's free-kick from under his own cross-bar before County's best chance of the half. Thankfully for Wycombe Danny Allsop balloned the ball over from the edge of the penalty area with only Taylor to beat.
Wycombe finished the half as they began with Currie forcing Mildenhall to save a snap effort on 42 minutes and McCarthy going close again with a header from a Currie corner. A minute before the interval yet another Currie cross from the right was headed back by Rammell to McSporran but Mildenhall managed to push the shot over.
Wycombe continued to dominate into the second-half. On 49 minutes Currie put in Michael Simpson on the right bye-line and from the resulting cross Richard Walker saw a low shot saved. Moments later on the other flank Currie floated a ball to the far post but McCarthy and Rammell seemed to get in each others way as they lined up for a header.
By now Sanchez had left his seat in the stand to join his colleagues on the bench and almost immediately saw the turning moments of the game. First former Wycombe striker Mark Stallard scooped the ball over after County had worked the ball in from the right and then on 64 minutes he saw Rammell continue his goal poaching instincts. The goal came after Currie had won a throw in out on the right wing. Currie then jinxed around the County defence before delivered an inviting cross that embarassed the County defence as 'Rambo' side footed home from a central position just outside the six yard box.
Home Manager Jock Scott made a double substitution immediately after the goal but they rarely threatened Wycombe again after Sanchez changed Wanderers' formation. First he took off Rammell for Danny Bulman and later introduced fresh legs in the form of Dave Carroll and Paul Emblen. Carroll replaced Currie who fell akwardly after a challenge from Baraclough in the 79th minute. He received treatment to his ankle but it's not thought to be serious.
The nearest County came to equalising was during the three minutes of stoppage time when Taylor punched clear Ian Hamilton's effort and substitute Kevin Nicholson's chip from the edge of the box was just that bit too close to comfort. By this time Sanchez had returned to his seat in the stand and moments later when the final whistle sounded he would have gone away with a very satisfied 'job done' feeling from this visit to Meadow Lane.
Final Score Notts County 0 Wycombe 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Senda, Vinnicombe, Rogers, McCarthy, Simpson, Brown, McSporran (sub 85 Emblen), Currie (sub 81 Carroll), Walker, Rammell (sub 73 Bulman)
subs not used: Cousins, Ryan
Yellow Cards: none
Notts County: Mildenhall, Fenton (sub 81 Liburd), Baraclough, Richardson, Cas, Owers (sub 65 Nicholson), Stallard, Allsop (sub 65 Hackworth), Hamilton, Caskey, Grayson
subs not used: Garden, Jorgensen
Yellow Cards: none
Referee:Mr S Baines Attendance: 4,483 (Wycombe approx 350)
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