April 2008 News Archive
All the news stories from April 2008
(Tuesday 29th April 2008)
The venue for Bank Holiday Monday's Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Final between Wanderers and Chesham United has been switched from Adams Park to The Meadow at Chesham. According to the Wanderers Official website, "The game has been moved to enable the playing surface at Adams Park to be presented in its best possible condition for the home leg of the play-offs." Wanderers are at home to Bradford City on Saturday and 24 hours later it will be used by London Wasps for their home fixture with Gloucester. Manager Paul Lambert recently criticised the surface at Adams Park, commenting to the Bucks Free Press published 25th April, "[the pitch] is not doing us any favours whatsever. At Grimsby you can pass it, at MK Dons we could pass it, but here the pitch is poor and the ball is bobbling up. For football it is not good and not good for the players we have got." The Final at Chesham will kick-off at 3pm with entrance costs set at £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.
(Saturday 26th April 2008)
A much changed Wanderers line-up lost 1-0 at Notts County on Saturday to give the home side virtual safety from the fear of relegation and maintain Wycombe's 7th spot in 'League Two'. Paul Lambert brought in Will Antwi, Chris Palmer, Andre Boucaud, Sam Stockley and John Sutton compared to the previous week's starting line-up versus Chester city and also gave a late substitute debuts to younsgters Matt Phillips and Robert Rice. The only goal of the game came in the 66th minute when Richard Butcher lifted the ball over Frank Fielding following Jason Lee's flick on. Sam Stockley was sent-off in the final minute for a second bookable offence. Wanderers now look likely to finish 6th or 7th in the final 'League Two' table. To finish 6th, Wanderers will need to better Darlington's result in the final game of the season - Wycombe are at home to 9th placed Bradford City, while Darlington are away to second placed Peterborough United. Posh have already achieved automatic promotion along with Champions Franchise and third placed Hereford United. Rochdale and Stockport are battling it out for 4th and 5th spot. Rochdale currently lead Stockport by a point but County could leapfrog Dale if they win their game in hand at Chester City on Tuesday evening. Wycombe: Fielding, Stockley, Antwi, McCracken, Martin (sub 89 Rice), Palmer (sub 70 Torres), Oakes, Boucaud, Sutton (sub 82 Phillips), McGleish, Facey - subs not used: Young, Woodman - Att: 7,327 (away section 536)
(Wednesday 23rd April 2008)
Wanderers Reserves completed their 2007/8 Combination fixtures with a 2-0 victory away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday evening at Bognor Regis FC. Callum Botham gave Wanderers the lead via a free-kick on 55 minutes and the three points were sealed in second half stoppage time when Chidi Ogbuagu ran through to score. The reserves will hope to complete the season with some silverware when they take on Chesham United in the Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup at Adams Park on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May. Reserves info 2007/8 Wycombe: Reading, Turley, Antwi, Cadmore, Massey, Rice, Gregory, Phillips, Fitchett, Lumsden, Ogbuagu, Botham, Read, Young
(Saturday 19th April 2008)
A Scott McGleish goal twelve minutes from time was enough to beat Chester City 1-0 at Adams Park on Saturday and with Chesterfield being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Darlington it guaranteed a play-off place for Paul Lambert's side. The crucial goal came after a Stefan Oakes free-kick was sent to the far right of the box where Mike Williamson headed on for McGleish to fire in low through a crowd of players and into the back of the Valley End net. Elsewhere MK 'Franchise' and Peterborough United confirmed promotion to 'League One' but the battle for the third and final automatic spot is a battle between five clubs, including Wanderers who are four points behind third spot but would have to win both remaining games and rely on Hereford, Rochdale, Stockport and Darlington slipping up in their remaining games. Wanderers finish the regular season with a trip to Notts County next Saturday (26th April) and then host Bradford City at Adams Park on Saturday 3rd May. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Johnson, Williamson, Woodman, Torres (sub 83 McCracken), Doherty, Holt, Oakes, Facey, McGleish (sun 89 Sutton) - subs not used: Palmer, Young, Stockley - Att: 5,497 (away section 200 approx)
(Wednesday 16th April 2008)
Wanderers Reserves made it six games unbeaten in the Combination after a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Adams Park on Wednesday afternoon. Derek Duncan gave Wycombe the lead in the 29th minute when he stabbed home a ball from the right from Matty Phillips. A penalty from Robert Rice doubled Wanderers' lead on 40 minutes following a foul on Tom Cadmore. Three minutes later Rice got his second and Wycombe's third after he converted from close after the Palace 'keeper failed to claim a cross. Scott Shulton limped off with 20 minutes left' leaving Wanderers to play the closing stages with ten men. Palace took advantage and grabbed a consolation goal on 77 minutes when Nathan Ashton fired past James Reading. Wanderers complete their Combination programme for 2007/8 on Wednesday 23rd April with an away fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion. Reserves info 2007/8 Wycombe: Reading, Turley (sub HT Shulton), Ellams (sub 15 Massey), Antwi, Cadmore, Rice, Gregory, Phillips, Boucaud (sub HT Botham), Fitchett, Duncan
(Tuesday 15th April 2008)
Wanderers further cemented their play-off place with a 1-0 victory at Grimsby Town on Tuesday evening. The winning goal came in the 19th minute when Sergio Torres struck left footed from 15 yards after a Delroy Facey assist. Facey was getting his first start for Wycombe in favour of Leon Knight who later came on as substitute but is now suspended for the next two games after reaching ten yellow cards and therefore will have to wait until Wanderers' final regular game of the season before getting his chance again. Next game for Wanderers is at home to Chester City on Saturday - kick-off 3pm. Wycombe: Fielding, Woodman, Williamson, Johnson, Martin, Oakes, Holt, Doherty, Torres (sub 83 McCracken), Facey (sub 87 Sutton), McGleish (sub 74 Knight) - subs not used: Young, Herd - Att: 2,537 (away end 133)
(Saturday 12th April 2008)
A 94th minute equaliser from Franchise stopped Wanderers taking all three points as the game at Stadium MK ended 2-2 - Scott McGleish netting a brace to take his season League tally to 25. McGleish opened the scoring on 37 minutes when he converted from a central position following a corner from Russell Martin. The score remained 1-0 to Wycombe until the 77th minute when Aaron Wilbraham netted from close range from a Dean Lewington cross. But Wycombe were ahead again in the next minute when sub Delroy Facey headed back for McGleish to loop in a volley from all of 35 yards. That looked enough take the three points but it was deep into stoppage time when Sean O'Hanlon headed past Frank Fielding following another corner. The result put a hold on promotion celebrations for the home side, while Wanderers strengthened their grip on 7th place after 8th placed Chesterfield were held to a 1-1 draw at Morecambe. Eight points from Wycombe's remaining four games will now guarantee a play-off spot but an automatic spot is all but gone. Next game for Wanderers is at Grimsby Town on Tuesday evening. Wycombe: Fielding, Woodman, Williamson, Johnson, Martin, Oakes (sub 77 Herd), Holt, Doherty, Torres, Knight (sub 66 Facey), McGleish - subs not used: Young, McCracken, Sutton - Att: 12,747 (away end 1,300)
(Thursday 10th April 2008)
The Football League have published the provisional dates for the semi-finals of the 'League Two' play-offs. The first legs will see 7th at home to 4th on Saturday 10th May with a 5.30pm kick-off, while 6th will host 5th on Sunday 11th May with a 6pm kick-off. The return legs will both take place the following Saturday on FA Cup Final day 17th May - 4th home to 7th with a 12noon kick-off and 5th home to 6th with a 6pm kick-off. The 'League Two' play-off final with take place at Wembley Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May with a 3pm kick-off. The Wanderers official website optimistically says, "With five games to go, the Blues are still confident of breaking into the top three automatic promotion places, but the play-offs may be required if things don't go Wycombe's way." Going into Saturday's game at 'Franchise', Wanderers were in 7th place - seven points behind third placed Hereford United and having played a game more.
(Monday 7th April 2008)
Daniel Fitchett scored the only goal of the game as Wanderers second string beat Combination leaders Charlton Athletic in a game played at Ebbsfleet United on Monday evening. The Youth Teamer struck on 19 minutes - tucking the ball home following a through ball from Alan Massey. A 56th minute dismissal for Charlton's Yassin Moutaoakil, after he threw a punch at Derek Duncan, marred the game as Wanderers dominated but failed to add to the scoreline. Wanderers are now 7th in the table from 10 clubs. Next game for the Reserves is on Wednesday 16th April at home to Crystal Palace. Wycombe: Young, Turley, Massey, Antwi, Cadmore, Rice, Gregory, Phillips, Botham, Fitchett (sub 77 Ogbuagu), Duncan (sub 77 Daly) - subs not used: Reading, Read, Shulton
(Saturday 5th April 2008)
A stoppage time penalty from Scott McGleish salvaged Wanderers a point against second placed Peterborough United at Adams Park on Saturday. Wycombe were grateful for a point but it could have been three after Stefan Oakes had fired in a 25 yard free-kick to Wycombe a fifth minute lead. That lead remained until the 66th minute minute when a deflected shot from George Boyd from the left channel beat Frank Fielding at his near post. Wanderers debutant Delroy Facey had a glorious chance to restore Wycombe's lead shortly after he had come on as sub but he misdirected his header at the far post following Sergio Torres' flighted cross from the left. With seven minutes remaining Liam Hatch, the former Barnet striker who chose Peterborough over Wycombe in the January transfer window, headed into the top right corner of the net to give Posh the lead. But the action wasn't over and when McGleish was adjudged to have been pushed off the ball in the penalty area, he picked himself up to make no mistake from the spot, sending the ball into the right corner of the net. The result sees Peterboro return to the top of the table but Wycombe drop to 7th after Rochdale took over 6th spot following their victory over Grimsby. Wycombe are now looking nervously back at 8th spot where Chesterfield are two points behind but having played a game more. Wycombe are away to MK Franchise next Saturday, while Chesterfield are away to Morecambe. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Williamson, Johnson, Woodman(sub 88 Sutton), Holt, Torres, Doherty, Oakes, Knight (sub 67 Facey), McGleish - subs not used: Young, McCracken, Herd, - Att: 6,202 (away end 1,222)
(Thursday 3rd April 2008)
Neil Lennon has quit the Wanderers after just over two months at the Club after taking up an offer of a coaching role at Celtic. Lennon, who will be 37 in the summer, was contracted with Wycombe until the end of the current season but will team up with the Glasgow club with immediate effect, thus ending his playing career. Lennon joined Wanderers at the end of the January 2008 transfer window and went on to make nine appearances without finding the net. According to the official Celtic website Lennon says he was contacted by Celtic boss Gordon Strachan on Wednesday, ďGordon rang on Wednesday night and the hardest thing was asking Paul Lambert if I could go. I was enjoying my time at Wycombe and he was good to me. Paulís a good friend as well, but he was great and Iím grateful to Wycombe for letting me leave." In another article on the offiicial Celtic website, Strachan says he could have delayed the move until the summer, but added, "What we didnít want to do was affect Paul Lambertís chances of promotion with Wycombe Wanderers, that wouldnít be right. But there is a coaching shortfall here at the moment, that Neil was able to fill.Ē
(Tuesday 1st April 2008)
Wanderers' Reserves played out a goalless draw with Aldershot Town in Combination match at Adams Park on Tuesday afternoon. The match saw former Shots defender Will Antwi continue to make his comeback following injury. Wanderers had the better chances during the game but failed to find the net against a side where their First Team will soon be eyeying promotion to the Football League. Wycombe: Young, Turley (sub 71 Shulton), Massey (sub 66 Ellams), Gregory, Antwi, Cadmore, Phillips, Rice, Daly (sub 61 Ogbuagu), Fitchett, Botham - subs not used: Reading, Pearce

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