All the news stories from November 2017
WYCOMBE 2 WEST HAM U21 0
(Tuesday 28th November 2017)
Goals from Will De Havilland and Sido Jombati saw Wanderers end their 2017/18 Football League Trophy campaign on a winning note with a 2-0 victory over a West Ham U21 side at Adams Park. With six changes to the side that had beaten Yeovil the previous weekend, it was De Havilland who opened the scoring on 32 minutes when he flicked in a header off the far post from Sam Saunders cross from the right. Jombati secured the win with a near strike on 55 minutes when he chested down a ball in from the left before volleying past the West Ham 'keeper from 10 yards. The tie was watched by an attendance of 699 - the lowest ever for a competitive match at Adams Park. The previous low was 771 in the same competition versus Bristol Rovers in September 2011.
Final Score: Wycombe 2 West Ham U21 0
WYCOMBE 2 YEOVIL 1
(Saturday 25th November 2017)
Wanderers jumped to 5th place in 'League Two' after a 2-1 home victory over Yeovil Town. It was a first ever Football League triumph over Yeovil at Adams Park in six attempts and came thanks to first-half goals from Ebere Eze and Joe Jacobson (penalty). Francois Zoko pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break but Wanderers were good value for their three points. The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had lost narrowly at Accrington the previous Tuesday - Dan Scarr and Dayle Southwell coming into the starting XI in place of a suspended Adam El-Abd (five yellow cards), while Craig Mackail-Smith was rested to the bench after picking-up a knock in the game at Accrington. Eze broke the deadlock on 37 minutes when he fired home a low shot from the edge of the box after Yeovil failed to deal with a cross from the left by Jacobson. Wanderers' lead was doubled on 43 minutes when Paris Cowan-Hall was fouled in the process of shooting from the left side of the box and Jacobson stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick. A brief lapse in the Wanderers defence gave Yeovil a lifeline a minute later when Zoko struck from the edge of the six-yard box following a cross from the left. There were a few brief scares in the second-half for Wanderers but it was Adebayo Akinfenwa who went closest to scoring when his stoppage time effort from around 20 yards rattled the Yeovil crossbar just seconds before the final whistle.
Final Score: Wycombe 2 Yeovil 1
ACCRINGTON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 21st November 2017)
Wanderers went down 1-0 at 3rd placed Accrington Stanley, as Gareth Ainsworth side dropped to 8th place in the table. On a typically wet and windy night in Lanchashire, the only goal of the game came in the 70th minute when a free-kick from the left bye-line was poorly defended by Wanderers and the ball eventually found its way back to Mark Hughes on the left corner of the six-yard box and the Stanley man side footed past Scott Brown. Team changes for Wycombe had seen just one change from the side that beaten Crawley the previous Saturday - Dominic Gape being reported as 'unavailable' and replaced by Sido Jombati. It was an evening to forget for Wycombe, whose best chance came early on when Craig Mackail-Smith chested down the ball on the right-side of the box but couldn't match the control with a finish and dragged the ball wide. The match marked the 450th First Team appearance in a Wycombe shirt for Matt Bloomfield.
Final Score: Accrington 1 Wycombe 0
(Saturday 18th November 2017)
COTN can confirm that Craig Mackail-Smith’s hat-trick in the 4-0 defeat of Crawley Town at Adams Park om Saturday 18th November 2017, is the fastest by a Wycombe player in the Football League. Mackail-Smith’s hat-trick came during a 11-minute spell in the second-half and beats the previous record (held by Scott McGleish against Mansfield in 2008) by five minutes.
Read more - Full list of Wanderers hat-tricks in the Football League
WYCOMBE 4 CRAWLEY 0
(Saturday 18th November 2017)
Craig Mackail-Smith bagged an 11-minute second-half hat-trick as Wanderers ended their five game winless streak in the Football League, with a 4-0 victory over Crawley Town at Adams Park. Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had lost at Morecambe the previous Saturday and despite a goalless first-half, always looked likely to be the side that took maximum points. The deadlock was eventually broken in the 50th minute when Adebayo Akinfenwa held the ball up with his back to goal, before exchanging passes with Eze, who then skipped through towards goal and netted neatly from 12 yards. Mackail-Smith started his goal bonaza on 72 minutes with another Akinfenwa assist, 'The Beast' laying the ball to the right side of the penalty before the former Luton man powered the ball into the far corner of the Valley End net. It was 3-0 on 81 minutes when Eze dinked the ball across to a similar position to the previous goal, this time Mackail-Smith smashing the ball home off the underside of the cross-bar. The hat-trick was completed two minutes later when Akinfenwa made his third assist of the day, squaring right for Mackail-Smith to cooly side-foot home to complete the emphatic victory. The result pushed Wanderers up a place in the table to 6th, with the trip to 3rd placed Accrington Stanley to come on Tuesday (21st November).
Final Score: Wycombe 4 Crawley 0
CLUB TO DECLARE £1m+ PROFIT
(Friday 17th November 2017)
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club will declare a profit of just over £1m when formal accounts are published later in the 2017/18 season. The baseline profit was revealed in the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust accounts released to members prior to the Trust AGM to be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at Adams Park. It will be the third successive season the Football Club has announced a profit - a first for the Club since gaining promotion to the Football League for the 1993/94 season.
Read more - Club to declare £1m profit and Trust AGM preview
IT'S LEATHERHEAD IN FA CUP
(Thursday 16th November 2017)
Wanderers will host Leatherhead in the Second Round of the FA Cup Cup after the Surrey side pulled off a shock 3-1 victory at Billericay in their 1st Round replay on Thursday (16th November). The tie will take place on Sunday 3rd December at Adams Park, with a 2pm kick-off after the BBC chose the tie for inclusion on their BBC Final Score programme. Each Club is expected to receive £12,000 for agreeing to move the tie. Tickets for the tie will go on sale on Friday (17th November) to Season Ticket holders, with general sale a week later. Ticket prices for all areas are: Adults: £15, Seniors (60+): £10, Young Adults (19-25): £10, Juniors (18 and under): £5. Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
MORECAMBE 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 11th November 2017)
A late goal and surge of pressure could not salvage a point for Wanderers as they lost for the first time on their travels to Morecambe. The home side, with two straight wins in cup competitions under their belts, took the lead in the 27th minute when Steve Old headed home a corner. Their lead was doubled after former Wanderer Garry Thompson's cross from the left was only partially cleared and Adam McGurk fired the ball low into the corner of the Wycombe net. Wanderers improved in the second-period but took until the 82nd minute to see a glimmer of hope - substititute Paris Cowan-Hall's cross seeing Adebayo Akinfenwa head home for his 10th goal of the season. Akinfenwa went close to equalising with another header two minutes later, while Craig Mackail-Smith and Nick Freeman also went close but it wasn't to be. Wanderers have now gone five games without victory in the League but remain in 7th place in the table.
Final Score: Morecambe 2 Wycombe 1
HOME TIE IN FA CUP
(Monday 6th November 2017)
Wanderers will host Leatherhead or Billericay Town in the Second Round of the FA Cup Cup after the draw was made live on BBC2 on Monday evening. Both sides are from the Isthmian Premier League (seventh tier) and are former none-League opponents of Wanderers back in the 1970's and 1980's. The two sides fought out a 1-1 draw at Leatherhead's Fetcham Grove on Sunday and will replay during the week commencing 13th November for the right to travel to Adams Park on thw weekend of 2nd December. Wanderers first met Leatherhead during the 1972/73 Isthmian League season and fought regularly for the following 11 seasons before their relegation. The most recent meeting was a FA Trophy tie in December 1986 that Leatherhead won after a replay. All the previous meetings with Billericay took place within three seasons in the early 1980's after their rise (and then fall) along the non-League ladder. Their fortunes were boosted more recently, when in December 2016 Glenn Tamplin took the Club over and funded several high profile signings. At the time of the draw Billericay sat in 5th place in the Isthmian League table with 9 wins from their opening 11 league games - they were 8 points behind leaders Dulwich Hamlet but due to cup runs had five games in hand. Meanwhile, Leatherhead were back in 13th spot, meaning Billericay will be firm favourites to win the replay and reach the Second Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
SOLIHULL 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Sunday 5th November 2017)
Wanderers reached the Second Round of the FA Cup for the fifth season running after a workmanlike 2-0 victory over Solihull Moors. Backed by more than 800 followers in a 1,500 crowd at Moors 3,000 capacity ground, Wanderers survived a brief early scare before taking the lead on 16 minutes when Nick Freeman turned in a long punt from Scott Brown that had been knocked on by Craig Mackail-Smith. It was then CMS who doubled Wycombe's lead on 28 minutes when he fired home from inside the penalty area after Joe Jacobson's corner from the left had been headed onto the crossbar by Anthony Stewart and then Adebayo Akinfenwa. The home side, bottom of the National League and under their third manager of the campaign, had their best spell mid-way around the hour mark - Scott Brown tipping over Oladapo Afolayan's deflected shot. Marcus Bean, still searching for his first goal in a Wycombe shirt almost broke his duck with around 20 minutes left on the clock but his curling effort from Paris Cowan-Hall's pass drifted just wide of the right-hand upright. Brown saved a close-range effort from Akwasi Asante, while at the other end Akinfenwa fired high of the target when it looked odds-on he would have made it 3-0. Wycombe now wait and see who they meet in the 2nd Round when the draw is made live on BBC2 on Monday shortly after 7pm. Wycombe pick up £18,000 for their First Round victory, with £27,000 up for grabs in the Second Round.
Final Score: Solihull 0 Wycombe 2
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