March 2012 News Archive
All the news stories from March 2012
(Saturday 31st March 2012)
The Two Trust Directors have resigned from the Football Club Board and the Club have been placed under a Transfer embargo after the Accounts for the year ending 30th June 2011 were not filed with Companies House by the 31st March 2012 deadline. Trust reps David Roberton and Don Woodward have stepped down from Club Board, with a statement on the Trust website saying that their positions were 'untenable' and they were 'unhappy at the Club’s inability to meet its’ stipulated financial regulatory needs'. The Club responded with a counter statement that claimed the delay was 'due to the imminent sale of Adams Park tenants London Wasps' and adding 'This means that the club has been placed under a temporary transfer embargo, but this should have no effect due to the transfer and emergency loan window being closed.' The decision for owner Steve Hayes to attempt to sell tenants London Wasps was revealed in October 2011 after the collapse of the new Stadium plans in July 2011.
(Saturday 31st March 2012)
A stoppage time equaliser for the second week running secured another potentially vital point as Wanderers drew 1-1 at Stevenage on Saturday. The hosts managed by former Wanderer Gary Smith, looked like they had snatched all three points after they had taken an 85th minute lead when Michael Bostwick fired past Nikki Bull from just inside the area. But Wanderers never say die attitude of recent weeks saw them earn a 92nd minute penalty after Mark Roberts fouled Craig Eastmond. Grant Basey then took great delight in firing home from the spot to delight the travelling 700 plus supporting Wycombe. Team news had seen Anthony Stewart earn a start in the centre defence ahead of Louis Laing, while Matt Bloomfield returned after his injury ahead of Anthony McNamee. Wanderers had a lively start to the game, with Stuart Beavon firing wide early on before the home side pressed with Marvin McCoy needing to clear off the line and Lawrie Wilson slicing wide on 27 minutes when scoring looked easier. Ben Strevens had a good opportunity just before the break before the second period saw Stevenage have slightly the better of an increasingly physical game. However, Nikki Bull and the rest of the Wanderers kept Stevenage out unitl Bostwick's late effort appeared to have stolen the points. Mark Roberts then saw a header hit the Wycombe cross bar before the same player conceeded the penalty that led to Wycombe taking the point they deserved. The week's combination of results sees Wycombe two points inside the relegation zone with a home meeting with Carlisle United on Good Friday (6th April) the next game on the survival path for Gary Waddock's side. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Stewart, Doherty, Basey, Eastmond, Bloomfield, Lewis (sub 89 McClure), Hackett (sub 89 Ainsworth), Strevens, Beavon - subs not used: Laing, Dunne, McNamee - Att: 3,593 (away 738)
(Tuesday 27th March 2012)
A Wanderers XI lost to an AFC Wimbledon XI on Tuesday afternoon in a friendly held at The Dons training ground. The home side took the lead midway through the second half but Wanderers levelled five minutes later when substitute Junior Morias smashed home with his left foot from around 25 yards. However, Wimbledon grabbed the winner with two minutes of normal time remaining. Wanderers included two unnamed trialists (one goalkeeper and one midfielder). Wycombe:Trialist, Webbe, Stewart, Dunne, Scowen, Kewley-Graham, Kretzschmar, Trialist (sub 65 Ehui), Ainsworth (65 Morias), Taylor, McClure - sub not used: Ingram
(Saturday 24th March 2012)
A last gasp header by Stuart Beavon earned Wanderers a deserved point against MK Franchise as they drew 1-1 against the promotion hopefuls at Adams Park on Saturday. Nikki Bull was also the hero after he saved a first half penalty and had an influence in the equalising goal. With Dave Winfield and Matt Bllomfield injured, plus Leon Johnson suspended, team news saw Laing Loius Laing return in central defence, while Anthony McNamee replaced the recalled Paul Hayes and Chris Hackett returned to start in midfield. Wanderers started well but the visitors always looked dangerous on the break and were given a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 10th minute after Marvin McCoy conceeded a penalty for an alledged nudge on former Manchester United and Leeds United striker Alan Smith. However, Bull guessed correctly to dive to his right and save James O'Shea's spot kick. Wycombe then went on to have the best chance of the half when Beavon was clear on the right channel in the 44th minute but sent his dipping shot from the edge of the box just over the bar. The miss looked more costly a minute into the second half when a bouncing ball into the Wycombe box fell nicely for Daniel Powell to angle past Bull. It was Franchise who then looked the side more likely to secure victory and only a smart block by Bull from Powell moments later kept the margin to one goal. Meanwhile, Wanderers battled with spirit but struggled to test the visiting 'keeper. Ben Strevens headed agonisingly high of the target from close range on 55 minutes but as the game entered stoppage time it looked like the visitors would hold out. With the PA announcement of Nikki Bull being made Man of the Match still fresh in people's minds, the Wycombe 'keeper raced up field to add pressure on the Franchise goal as Gareth Ainsworth prepared to take a corner from the right. Bull flung himself at the delivery but the ball floated over to Beavon at the far post who powered in a header to the back of the Valley End net and signal mass celebrations including a half lap of honour by Bull in front of the Valley End and Family Stand. Wycombe remain a place outside the relegation zone, a point above Walsall who play their game in hand over Wycombe on Tuesday evening when they host Colchester. Next game for Wycombe, away to Stevenage next Saturday (31st March). Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Laing, Doherty, Basey, Lewis, Eastmond, Hackett (sub 64 Ainsworth 64), Strevens, Beavon, McNamee (sub 61 McClure) - subs not used: Stewart, Scowen, Dunne - Att: 5,572 (away 1,243)
(Friday 23rd March 2012)
There was a blow for Wanderers League One survival hopes on Friday morning when Charlton Athletic recalled striker Paul Hayes from his loan spell at Adams Park. The 28 year old scored six goals in as many games for the Wanderers since arriving from The Valley at the end of February but The Addicks, top of League One by a nine point margin, invoked their 28 day recall clause to take Hayes back to a club where he last played First Team football on 31st December 2011.
(Tuesday 20th March 2012)
Wanderers edged back out of the bottom four following a 3-1 victory at 23rd placed Exeter City on Tuesday evening. With Grant Basey in for the injured Danny Foster as the only change to the side that had beaten Bury at the weekend, the first half proved to be a tight affair with Wanderers just having the edge in chances. But thoughts of Gary Waddock's side settling for point were blown in superb second half display. Wanderers took the lead in the 58th minute after more great work from Stuart Beavon, who fired the ball in from the right and for Charlton loanee Paul Hayes to strike home into the bottom left corner of the net after Lenny Pidgeley pushed the ball away. It was then Beavon who doubled Wanderers lead on 64 minutes with a left footed strike from the left side of the penalty area, again after Pidgeley failed to hold the initial shot. The Grecians pulled a goal back on 66 minutes when James Dunne fired in a free-kick past Nikki Bull. However, there was little time for Wycombe followers to get nervous as Hayes struck again on 70 minutes when he looped a header into the top left corner of the net from around 12 yards after more good work from Beavon. After Wanderers' first back to back League victories of the season, they now sit one point outside of the relegation zone, having played a game more than 21st placed Walsall who conceeded a 95th minute equaliser at Sheffield Wednesday to stop them remaining above Wycombe. Next game for Wanderers is at home to 5th placed MK Franchise this Saturday (24th March). That's followed by the trip to 7th placed Stevenage on Saturday 31st March. Wycombe: Bull, Basey, McCoy, Winfield (sub 35 Johnson), Doherty,Eastmond, Bloomfield, Lewis, Hayes (sub 82 Hackett), Strevens (sub 90 Ainsworth), Beavon - subs not used: Laing, McClure - Att: 4,121 (away 149)
(Monday 19th March 2012)
Millwall winger Chris Hackett has agreed a loan extension at Wycombe until the end of the season. The 28 year old joined Wanderers on an initial one loan, making his debut in the 5-0 victory over Hartlepool on 25 February 2012. However, he then picked up a groin injury in the 4-1 reverse at Scunthorpe a week later and missed the following two games. He returned to appear as substitute in last Saturday's victory at Bury and will now stay with Wanderers for the remainder of the 2011/12 campaign.
Matchday BURY 1 WYCOMBE 4
(Saturday 17th March 2012)
A Stuart Beavon hat-trick helped Wanderers on their way to their first away victory for five months as they beat Bury 4-1 at Gigg Lane on Saturday. With an unchanged starting line-up to the one that had drawn with Colchester seven days previous, it was Beavon who opened the scoring in the 4th minute when he smashed home from inside the box from Marvin McCoy's cut-back. The Shakers hit back on 11 minutes when Shaun Harrad headed past Nikki Bull but Wanderers restored their lead the following minute through loanee Paul Hayes - the Charlton midfielder converting from close range from another McCoy assist. Hayes went close again for Wycombe before the break with a shot that hit the crossbar as Wanderers began to sense three points were there for the taking. However, five minutes into the second period there was a let off after substitute Grant Basey conceeded a penalty for a foul on Mike Grella but Giles Coke saw his spot kick come back off the post. Six minutes later it was virtually game over after Beavon got his second and Wycombe's third after converting from just outside the penalty area. A dream day for Wycombe was completed on 70 minutes when Beavon made it 4-1 with another effort from the edge of the box - taking his League haul for the season to 16 and 20 in all competitions. Meanwhile, the results lifts Wycombe up to fourth from bottom in the table ahead of the trip to 23rd placed Exeter City on Tuesday evening. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Doherty, Foster (sub HT Basey), Bloomfield, Eastmond, Lewis, Strevens, Beavon (sub 84 McClure), Hayes (sub 80 Hackett) - subs not used: Laing, Ainsworth - Att: 2,479 (away 144)
(Tuesday 13th March 2012)
A Wanderers XI beat a Gillingham XI 1-0 at Priestfield on Tuesday afternoon in a hastily arranged friendly. Youth Team captain Max Kretzschmar, who was returning from injury, headed home the winner in the 21st minute winner. The Wycombe team included an unnamed trialist who is believed to be released Brentford winger Kirk Hudson. The 25 year old is a free agent following his departure from Griffin Park by mutual consent earlier this week. Hudson joined Brentford in June 2010 from Aldershot Town for an undisclosed fee but made just four appearances as substitute for The Bees before being loaned out to AFC Wimbledon for the second half of the 2010/11 season. He played more than 150 games for The Shots in a four year spell, mainly under Gary Waddock, having originally started his football career as a youngster with Ipswich Town and Celtic. Wycombe:Mooney, Stewart, Laing, Johnson, Basey, Scowen, Kewley-Graham, Kretzschmar (sub 80 Ehui), Ainsworth (sub 80 Trialist), McNamee, Taylor
(Saturday 10th March 2012)
Wanderers had to settle for a point against old rivals Colchester United at Adams Park on Saturday as Gary Waddock's side featured in a 0-0 draw for the first time since the goalless encounter at Torquay on 22nd April 2011. The Wycombe boss made one change to the side that had beaten Leyton Orient in the week, Ben Strevens returning to the starting line-up in place of the injured Matt McClure. Grant Basey, Joel Grant and Chris Hackett also remained unavailable due to their injuries. Wanderers had by far the better the chances in the first half. U's John White almost put through his own net inside the opening minute, while Dave Winfield's looping header on 16 minutes needed a goalline clearance from Brian Wilson. Matt Bloomfield also went close with a long range effort from the left channel on 29 minutes but Ben Williams in the visitors goal pulled off a great save. The second half was a less exciting affair with the U's coming more into the game. However, Wanderers had a late surge of chances but couldn't find that final touch to snatch what would have been three very important points. As it turns out, this point keeps Wycombe third from bottom in the table with a trip to Bury next Saturday and the journey to Devon to take on fellow strugglers Exeter City the following Tuesday (20th March) now taking on increasingly vital relevance in Wanderers' desperate attempt to beat the drop. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Doherty, Foster, Bloomfield, Eastmond, Lewis, Strevens, Beavon, Hayes - subs not used: Laing, Johnson, Ainsworth, Dunne, McNamee - Att: 4,838 (away 600 approx)
(Tuesday 6th March 2012)
A first half blitz of goals helped Wanderers on their way to a 4-2 victory over Leyton Orient at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Stuart Beavon, returning from the injury that kept him out of the game at Scunthorpe the previous Saturday, gave Wanderers the lead in the 6th minute when he looped in a header from Danny Foster's left wing delivery. Wycombe doubled their lead on 26 minutes after Craig Eastmond set up fellow loanee Paul Hayes to finish with confidence from around 10 yards. The dream start for Wycombe continued seven minutes later when Matt Bloomfield powered through from midfield to once again beat Paul Rachubuka in The O's goal. The visitors were then left in further disarray on 39 minutes when Bloomfield chased a loose ball before cutting it back for Ben Strevens to convert from close range. With ironic cheers from the travelling fans greeting any completed pass from their team the half time break came as a welcome relief for the North London side. They did eventually get something to cheer about less than thirty seconds into the second period when Matt Spring smashed home from more than 20 yards. Wanderers wasted a few chances to increase their lead before Marc Laird pulled another goal back for the visitors on 74 minutes when he headed past Nikki Bull. Another O's goal at that stage would have made the closing stages interesting but it was Wycombe who remaining the stronger side and take the three points that lifts Gary Waddock's side two places off the bottom of the table ahead of Saturday's home meeting with old rivals Colchester United. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, McCoy, Winfield, Doherty, Eastmond (sub 90 Laing), Bloomfield, Lewis, Hayes (sub 79 Ainsworth), McClure (sub 21 Strevens), Beavon - subs not used: Johnson, McNamee - Att: 3,564 (away 380)
(Saturday 3rd March 2012)
Wanderers' season hit another low point on Saturday with a 4-1 defeat at 21st placed Scunthorpe United sending Gary Waddock's side back to the foot of 'League One' and five points to make up to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone. The 5-0 home victory over Hartelpool the previous week gave Wycombe new hope of avoiding the drop but it all starting going wrong before kick-off with the news that top scorer Stuart Beavon had been forced out of the side due to a groin strain picked up in training. Beavon's absence meant a first League start for Matt McClure. The youngster scored a 86th minute consolation but it came after Wanderers had fallen behind in the 5th minute when Paul Reid converted with a right foot effort from around 12 yards following a corner. The Iron doubled the lead on 34 minutes with another goal that led from a corner - this time Andy Barcham volleying in after the ball had pinged around the Wycombe box. Wycombe were given brief hope a minute before the break when Michael O'Connor was red carded for retaliating to a foul by Craig Eastmond but it was game over for Wycombe two minutes into the second period when Barcham scored his second with an 18 yard effort from Mark Duffy's ball from the left. Another nail in Wycombe's and Gary Waddock's relegation coffin came in the 55th minute when John Parkin smashed home from around six yards after more chaos in the Wycombe penalty area. McClure bagged his first senior goal for the Wanderers with four minutes remaining when he header home Gareth Ainsworth's cross from the right but it was long over by then. Wanderers now host Leyton Orient on Tuesday and Colchester United next Saturday with victories essential to give any hope of avoiding the drop. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Laing (sub 56 Bloomfield), Doherty, Basey, Hackett (sub 49 Ainsworth), Eastmond, Lewis (sub 56 Strevens), McNamee, Hayes, McClure - subs not used: Foster, Johnson - Att: 3,811 (away 194)

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