All the news stories from March 2018
NOTTS COUNTY 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Friday 30th March 2018)
Wanderers returned the happier side as they drew 0-0 at fellow automatic promotion chasers Notts County on Good Friday. The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the side that drew at home to Port Vale the previous Saturday - Luke O'Nien returned from injury, along with recalls for Matt Bloomfield and Craig Mackail-Smith. Out went Curtis Thompson (unavailable against his parent club), Dominic Gape (hamstring injury) and Nick Freeman (rested to bench). The hosts hit the woodwork three times and County Manager Kevin Nolan embarrassed himself by being sent to the stands just before the break after contesting a penalty appeal when Shola Ameobi went to ground in a minor tussle with Adam El-Abd. Ameobi had earlier seen a snap shot strike the left-hand post from close range, with Wanderers on the back foot for the most of the opening 45 minutes. Tafari Moore was also forced off injured on 38 minutes and was replaced by Michael Harriman making his first appearance since September 2017. But with Nolan left stewing in the stands, it was Wanderers who had the better of the second period and Wycombe had the ball in the net around the hour mark when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed Joe Jacobson's free-kick from the left back across the face of the goal for Nathan Tyson to head home but the striker was clearly offside. Sido Jombati saw a header blocked on the line on 73 minutes and an Akinfenwa header was denied by Adam Collin in the home goal after he connected with a Craig Mackail-Smith cross from the right. County went close late on when Elliott Hewitt saw a shot blocked by Scott Brown and the follow-up hit the post. It was Wanderers who were more content to hear the final whistle. The draw saw Wanderers stay in 3rd spot - four points clear of 4th placed County. 5th placed Exeter City are five points behind but have a game in hand over both Wanderers and County. Luton Town continued to implode with a 2-1 defeat at Colchester, allowing Accrington to extend their lead at the top of the table with 1-0 victory away to Mansfield Town. Wycombe host Grimsby Town on Easter Monday with a chance to consolidate their automatic promotion spot as the season enters the final few games.
Final Score: Notts County 0 Wycombe 0
WYCOMBE 0 PORT VALE 0
(Saturday 24th March 2018)
There was frustration for Wanderers at Adams Park as 20th placed Port Vale held out for a 0-0 draw. But Gareth Ainsworth's side remain in 3rd spot, four points clear of Notts County who travel to relegation threatened Chesterfield on Sunday (25th March 2018). The stalemate with The Valiants came after Wycombe made two changes to the side that had won at Crawley three days previous - Curtis Thompson and Nick Freeman being drafted into the side in place of Luke O'Nien (injured) and Matt Bloomfield (dropped to the bench). There was also encouraging news when Michael Harriman was named as substitute - he last played on 30th September 2017 before breaking his leg during training the following week. The visitors were without a win in 13 games but were always going to provide a tough test. An early goal may have changed their game plan and it nearly came when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed just wide of the right hand upright in the opening minutes following Freeman's cross from the right. 'The Beast' also saw a downward header bounce over the bar from a Joe Jacobson corner and Sido Jomabti went close from a similar position. Wycombe were nearly left regretting those missed chances in the second period when Tyrone Barnett was allowed a free run on goal from midfield on 63 minutes - his low shot being saved by Scott Brown diving to his left. At the other end Tafari Moore sprinted on a run down the right-wing, exchanging with substitute Scott Kashket, but stumbled as he lined up his shot and the chance went begging. Substitutes Bloomfield and Craig Mackail-Smith also combined but the latter was denied by a fine block from Ryan Boot in the Vale goal. The same player was denied again by Boot, while Bean saw an effort cleared off the line in stoppage time. Elsewhere in the division, Luton Town took the chance to return to the top of the table after their Saturday evening 2-0 home victory over Barnet. Accrington, without a game due to opponents Yeovil Town having five players in their squad having international call-ups, dropped back to 2nd placed but have two games in hand over The Hatters and Wanderers. Wycombe travel to Notts County on Good Friday in a promotion showdown between 3rd and 4th place.
Final Score: Wycombe 0 Port Vale 0
SEASON TICKET INFO 2018/19
(Friday 23rd March 2018)
The Club released Season Ticket information for the 2018/19 campaign on Friday (23rd March) with prices 'frozen' for existing holders who purchased before a deadline of 8th May 2018. The usual 'early-bird' offers will also apply up to 2nd July 2018. Existing seat Season Ticket Holders have until Friday 1st June 2018 to claim their existing seat. Matchday prices have shown a general £2-£3 increase all around the stadium and will be irrespective of what division Wanderers will be playing in during the 2018/19 season.
Season Ticket information and price archive from chairboys.co.uk
CRAWLEY 2 WYCOMBE 3
(Wednesday 21st March 2018)
Goals from Nathan Tyson, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Sido Jombati saw Wanderers climb back into the automatic promotion slots following a 3-2 midweek victory at Crawley Town. Wycombe are now in third spot in the table - three points clear of 4th placed Notts County - with both teams having played 38 games.
The latest victory on the road came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the side that had won at Barnet at the weekend - Marcus Bean and Nathan Tyson moving from the bench to the starting XI, while Nick Freeman missed out through injury and Craig Mackail-Smith was dropped to bench. The match saw the deadlock broken on 25 minutes when Joe Jacobson flighted corner from the left was met on the volley at the far side of the box by Luke O'Nien and Tyson produced an instinctive back heel to guide the ball home. However, the home side levelled eight minutes later when Karlan Ahearne-Grant struck a low shot past Scott Brown from the edge of the box after Wanderers failed to deal with a free-kick delivered from midfield. But Wycombe responded and regained their lead on 39 minutes when Jacobson's free-kick from the right was only half-cleared to the right bye-line where Tyson's hooked cross was headed home by Akinfenwa amongst a huddle of players around the far side of the six yard box. Wanderers survived some home pressure immediately after the break but increased their lead to 3-1 on 62 minutes when another Jacobson deadball, this time from the right of midfield, was eventually turned back across the face of the goal from the left by Akinfenwa for Jombati to turn home from three yards. Crawley pulled a goal back on 83 minutes when Panutche Camara swept home a low cross from the left and it set-up a tense close of the game for Wanderers and one where tempers were frayed. In the first of what would becombe eight minutes of stoppage time, Mark Connolly was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on O'Nien. The Wycombe midfielder was eventually replaced by Mackail-Smith as Wycombe sucessfully played out time to gain a crucial three points ahead of the visit of Port Vale to Adams Park on Saturday (24th March 2018).
Final Score: Crawley 2 Wycombe 3
BARNET 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 17th March 2018)
Wycombe ground out a first victory in four games with a 2-0 success at bottom club
Barnet. In more near freezing temperatures - made worse by a bitterly cold wind - it was the home side who looked most likely to score in the opening 45 minutes. Former Wanderer loanee John Akinde was guilty of wasting The Bees best chance when he managed to hit the crossbar with goal at his mercy on 33 minutes. But the second period belonged to the Wanderers after taking the lead through a penalty five minutes after the re-start when Craig Mackail-Smith was felled in the box. Joe Jacobson drove home the resulting spot-kick to delight the travelling 1,000 plus Wycombe fans braving the artic conditions. The victory was sealed in the 72nd minute when Luke O'Nien's free-kick from the left was headed past his own 'keeper by Almeida Santos. The result saw Wanderers stay 4th in the table but gain ground on third placed Notts County who conceeded a 99th minute penalty to draw 1-1 at home to Mansfield earlier in the day. Wycombe and County are now level on points but Wanderers have a game in hand. Meanwhile, Accrington opened up a four point gap at the top of the table following a 3-1 home victory over Forest Green Rovers. 2nd placed Luton Town could only manage a 1-1 draw at Newport County as their poor run of form continues. The 1,031 official 'away' following at Barnet was Wanderers biggest in the League since 1,054 travelled to Oxford United on 5th May 2016.
Final Score: Barnet 0 Wycombe 2
25 YEAR RETRO - INTO TROPHY S/F
(Tuesday 13th March 2018)
Tuesday 13th March 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of Wanderers reaching the Semi-Final of the FA Trophy. A late Steve Guppy goal at home to Gateshead set-up a two-legged Semi-Final with Sutton United. It was a result that delighted Wycombe fans and Manager Martin O'Neill alike. The programme for the Gateshead game gave O'Neill the chance to respond to criticism of his team in the local press. Read the rant in full via the link below.
Wycombe into FA Trophy Semi-Final and O'Neill rant
NEW DATE FOR CRAWLEY
(Monday 12th March 2018)
Wanderers' 'League Two' game at Crawley Town has been re-arranged for Wednesday 21st March 2018. The original meeting was postponed due to the freezing conditions on the weekend of Saturday 3rd March 2018. Crawley currently occupy 12th spot in the table. They were beaten 4-0 at Adams Park in the reverse fixture on 18th November 2017.
WYCOMBE 1 CAMBRIDGE 1
(Saturday 10th March 2018)
Wanderers halted a run of two consecutive defeats but had to settle for a point after conceeding a stoppage time goal to draw 1-1 at home to
Cambridge United and remain in 4th spot in the table. Wycombe had taken the lead in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time when Adebayo Akinfenwa glanced home Scott Brown's punt forward into the Cambridge penalty area. Wanderers were then left rueing missing three or four decent second-half chances to extend their lead before U's substitute Paul Lewis capitalised on Wycombe's failure to deal with an akwardly bouncing ball into the box - knocking his effort low past Brown from 12 yards. The stalemate came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the side that had lost at home to Coventry City eleven days previous - Matt Bloomfield returning to the starting XI in favour of Marcus Bean. Meanwhile, Nathan McGinley and Scott Kashket returned from injury on the bench. Elsewhere, Accrington are the new leaders of 'League Two' after a late goal earned them victory over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Wanderers, two points behind 3rd placed Notts County with a game in hand, travel to bottom placed Barnet next Saturday.
Final Score: Wycombe 1 Cambridge United 1
WANDERERS DOWN TO 4th
(Tuesday 6th March 2018)
Wanderers dropped a place to 4th after a number of re-arranged games played on Tuesday 6th March. Notts County leaped above Wycombe on goal difference following a 1-1 at home to Cheltenham. Meanwhile, Accrington's 1-0 victory at home to Morecambe moved them within a point a leaders Luton - with both teams having played 35 games. Mansfield conceded a last minute equaliser at home to Lincoln to stop them leap-frogging Wycombe too. Wanderers host Cambridge United on Saturday (9th March), while Luton entertain Accrington at Kenilworth Road.
Notts County travel to improving Forest Green Rovers, with Mansfield at home to Colchester United.
WATFORD LOANEE RETURNS
(Tuesday 6th March 2018)
Loanee Watford striker Randell Williams has returned to Wanderers following a spell back at his parent club recovery from a thigh injury. The 21 year-old joined Wycombe in January on a deal running until the end of the 2017/18 campaign but had not been involved in First Team due to his injury understood to have been picked up during a training session with Wanderers.
CRAWLEY AWAY FROZEN OFF
(Friday 2nd March 2018)
There was little surprise on Friday afternoon (2nd March 2018) when Wanderers away game at Crawley Town was postponed due to the ongoing freezing conditions sweeping the country. A statement from Crawley Town FC read: "The pitch has been under covers for a week but on Wednesday night, when the temperature at pitch side dropped to -6 degrees, the frost got into areas of the surface. [Football League referee Graham Kane] carried out a thorough inspection and deemed the area in front of the West Stand unplayable." A new date has yet to be announced.
NEW DATE FOR LINCOLN
(Thursday 1st March 2018)
Wanderers' 'League Two' game at Lincoln City has been re-arranged for Tuesday 17th April 2018. The original tie was postponed due to The Imps involvement in the Football League Trophy Final at Wembley scheduled for Sunday 8th April 2018 where they will take on Shrewsbury Town. It will be Lincoln's first trip to Wembley Stadium and ticket sales from their fans are expected to exceed 25,000.
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