All the news stories from October 2017
SWINDON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 31st October 2017)
Wanderers made an early exit from Football League Trophy after a late goal saw them lose 1-0 at Swindon Town in their second of three group stage matches. Wycombe had lost 5-1 at home to Bristol Rovers in the first match and needed at least a draw to keep their hopes alive in a compeition where they had reached the semi-final in 2016/17 and netted close to £100,000 in prize money. The only goal of the game at The County Ground came on 88 minutes when the home side floated in a free-kick from the right wing and Matt Preston was given too much space to head past Wycombe debutant Yves Ma-Kalambay. The tie had seen Gareth Ainsworth make five changes to the side that had drawn at home to Cheltenham the previous Saturday - former Chelsea 'keeper Ma-Kalambay being joined by Luke O'Nien, Matt Bloomfield, Paris Cowan-Hall and Dayle Southwell. West Ham U23's are Wycombe's remaining opponents in their final group game. The attendance at The County Ground was 1,236, with less than 100 in the away section.
Final Score: Swindon 1 Wycombe 0
WYCOMBE 3 CHELTENHAM 3
(Saturday 28th October 2017)
A hotly disputed last minute goal cost Wanderers victory as they drew 3-3 with Cheltenham Town at Adams Park. The visitors had taken the lead on 22 minutes after Brian Graham slid the ball home from six yards after Wanderers failed to deal with a lofted free-kick to the right side of the penalty area that evaded Marcus Bean and allowed Jamie Grimes to square. The score remainded 1-0 to the visitors until the break but the second-period saw Wanderer fly out of the traps - Eberechi Eze equalised on 48 minutes when the QPR loanee ran through from midfield before laying the ball right to Sam Saunders. The resulting cross was half-cleared but Eze reacted with first-time shot into the back of the Valley End net from 8 yards. Two minutes later Wycombe were ahead. Eze picked out Saunders again - this time down the left channel - Saunders made a quick pass to Nick Freeman whose shot from the left side of the box was deflected onto the left-hand upright and Adebayo Akinfenwa was there to tuck the ball home from six yards. Wanderers then looked to have sealed victory just after the hour mark. Eze was involved again - picking out Craig Mackail-Smith on the left side of the penalty area - the former Luton striker turning and squaring low for Akinfenwa to slot home from close range. However, Wycombe's makeshift defence failed to hold out for three points. Injuries to Dan Scarr, Anthony Stewart and Sido Jombati had forced Gareth Ainsworth to recall central defender Will De Havilland from his loan spell at Aldershot, while Dominic Gape deputised at the back. The visitors were given a lifeline on 70 minutes when Carl Winchester fired in a low shot from just outside the box. Despite more pressure from The Robins, it looked like Wycombe had done enough to hol-on and when Eze was blatantly pushed with two hands by Mo Eisa on the Swindon right, practically everybody in the ground, bar the match officials, were waiting for a free-kick to be awarded to Wanderers. But play went on, Eisa delivering a ball from his right wing position to the far post where Graham headed back across goal and into the net off the far post. It was heartbreak for Wanderers who dropped to 7th place in the table as a result of the two missed points.
Final Score: Wycombe 3 Cheltenham 3
DANNY ROWE JOINS YORK CITY
(Friday 27th October 2017)
It was revealed on Friday 27th October that released Wanderers defender Danny Rowe had joined National League 'North' side York City on a deal running until June 2019. The news came just two days after he left Wycombe by 'mutual consent'. Rowe hinted on the reasons for his departure, when he commented: "I have been looking for clubs to sign for, closer to home, and York was the stand-out option. It is a really good club with big ambitions." The Minstermen were relegated from the Football League at the end of the 2015/16 season and were relegated again (to the National League North) at the end of the following campaign despite winning the FA Trophy at Wembley.
DANNY ROWE DEPARTS
(Wednesday 25th October 2017)
After months of speculation, the Club announced on Wednesday 25th October that
defender Danny Rowe had left Wanderers by 'mutual consent due to personal circumstances.' His only appearance this season had been in the home League Cup defeat to Fulham and his non-selection in the matchday squad had been the subject of debate with many Wanderers followers. Rowe, who was 22 the day before the annoucement, joined Wanderers on a three year deal from Rotherham in the summer of 2015 having previously spent two loan spells with Wycombe - including being part of the team that escaped relegation at Torquay on the final day of the 2013/14 season. Having seemingly fallen out of First Team consideration back in December 2016 (playing his last League game in October 2016), he was loaned to Barrow for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. He made 54 First Team appearances and scored once during his time at Adams Park.
SWINDON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 21st October 2017)
Wanderers were defeated away from home for the first in the League since February as they went down 1-0 at Swindon Town. The windy conditions did not make this game a spectacle, with the home grabbing the only goal of the game on 15 minutes when a lofted ball into the Wycombe box from the left was hooked past Scott Brown by Harry Smith. Brown had earlier made two decent saves to keep game goalless but had little chance with Smith's strike. Wanderers improved in the second-period and had a chance to level through Adebayo Akinfenwa on 49 minutes when he juggled the ball with his head and feet in the right corner of the Swindon box but his final shot didn't have enough power to beat Reice Charles-Cook in the home goal. The closest Wycombe came to equalising was on 75 minutes when a Brown free-kick from deep inside the Wanderers half landed well inside the Swindon six-yard box and was then tipped over the crossbar by Charles-Cook. The defeat pushed Wanderers down to 5th spot in the table with 26 points from 15 games and 5 points behind leaders Luton.
Final Score: Swindon 1 Wycombe 0
FA CUP TIE NOW SUNDAY
(Friday 20th October 2017)
Wanderers FA Cup tie with Solihull Moors has been moved to Sunday 5th November, with a 2pm kick-off in order to tie in with BBC Sport's Final Score programme. The other games being featured on the BBC 1 show on the Sunday are: Cambridge United v Sutton United,
Guiseley v Accrington Stanley, Leatherhead v Billericay Town, Dartford v Swindon Town, Woking v Bury, Charlton Athletic v Truro City and Exeter City v Heybridge Swifts.
Each club is believed to receive £12,500 for agreeing to the move. Wanderers have been given an allocation of 1,300 tickets and the Club have confirmed these will go straight to general sale during the week commencing 23 October. Prices are Adults (18-64): £15, Concessions: £10, Juniors (12-15): £10, Under 12s: FREE with a paying adult. The 350 uncovered seats will be allcoated on a 'first come first served' basis on the day of the match. No 'away' tickets will be sold on the day. Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
IT'S SOLIHULL AWAY IN FA CUP
(Tuesday 17th October 2017)
Wanderers will travel to Solihull Moors in the FA Cup 1st Round Proper, after they beat Ossett Town 2-1 away from home in their replay on Tuesday evening. The tie will take place on the weekend of Saturday 4th November 2017 but could be subject change for live TV coverage. Winners of the tie will receive £18,000. At the time of the draw, Solihull Moors were one place from the bottom of the 'National League' (formerly the Conference), with 8 points from their opening 15 games. They are already on their second Manager of the season - Richard Money replaced Liam McDonald at the start of October after their latter left by 'mutual consent'. The Moors' Damson Park ground has a capacity of around 3,000, with 770 seats. The away allocation will be in the order of 1,200, split between a small covered terrace behind the goal and approximately 300 uncovered seats along the side.
CARLISLE 3 WYCOMBE 3
(Tuesday 17th October 2017)
A last gasp header from Paris Cowan-Hall rescued a point for Wanderers in a 3-3 draw from the long-haul midweek trip to Carlisle United. The home side had taken the lead through a Reggie Lambe header after just four minutes and Wanderers found themselves 2-0 down on 38 minutes when Jamie Devitt converted from the spot after Dan Scarr was adjudged to have fouled Shaun Miller. Wycombe were given a lifeline in the second minute of first half stoppage time after Eberechi Eze was fouled just outside the box and Sam Saunders duly curled in the resulting deadball. The second-half brought more drama as Adebayo Akinfenwa scored a trademark far post header to level the scores at 2-2 on 72 minutes. But the efforts to pull the game looked to be in vain when Lambe found space inside the six yard to restore the lead for United with just six minutes remaining of normal time. It was in the final minute of the five minutes of stoppage time that Cowan-Hall rose highest to head home a corner and retain Wanderers' unbeaten away record that now stretches back to February 2017. The point from the draw moves Wycombe back up to 4th place in the table - just four points behind new leaders Luton.
Final Score: Carlisle 3 Wycombe 3
PAUL HAYES JOINS NEWPORT
(Tuesday 17th October 2017)
Former Wanderer Paul Hayes has joined fellow League Two club Newport County on a deal running until the end of the current season. Hayes left Wycombe by mutual consent on 29th August 2017 and was briefly with Hemel Hempstead before being picked up by the Welsh club. County Manager Michael Flyn revealed that Hayes had made contact through via social media, explaining: "He got me on LinkedIn. We spoke to each other privately through that, he got my number and we spoke from there. Maybe social media is the way forward for transfers these days!” Wanderers are due to host Newport County in League Two on Boxing Day (26th December 2017).
AWAY IN FA CUP
(Monday 16th October 2017)
Wanderers will travel to either Solihull Moors or Ossett Town in the FA Cup 1st Round Proper, after the draw was made on Monday evening. The tie will take place on the weekend of Saturday 4th November 2017, with games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Multiple ties are expected to moved to Sunday (5th Nov) to tie in with a BBC Final Score FA Cup Special. The replay to determine who will host Wanderers is scheduled for Tuesday 17th October at Ossett. Wanderers have never played either of these clubs.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
WYCOMBE 0 EXETER 0
(Saturday 14th October 2017)
Wanderers and current league leaders Exeter City played out a entertaining 0-0 draw at Adams Park on Saturday. A 5,000 plus crowd saw Wanderers have the better chances and by the closing stages, it was the visitors who were happy to settle for a point. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Eberechi Eze had Wanderers' best efforts in the first-half, with Scott Brown continuing his good form at the other end. Akinfenwa was guilty of missing two glorious chances during the second-period. Adam El-Abd was in the right place to block an effort by Jake Taylor in the 68th minute and suffered a cut face for his troubles. Anthony Stewart had the ball in the net on the stroke of 90 minutes with a rifled effort from 12 yards but the 'goal' was disallowed for a contenious foul by Akinfenwa on an Exeter defender. The draw saw Wanderers drop a place to 5th in the table, with Notts County regaining the top spot from The Grecians on goal-difference.
Final Score: Wycombe 0 Exeter 0
TYSON INJURY NEWS
(Thursday 12th October 2017)
Gareth Ainsworth revealed news of Nathan Tyson's injury during a press session on Thursday 12th October. The Wycombe Manager said: “The initial scans weren’t fully comprehensive so we’re still looking at the injury in more detail, but it looks as though he’s avoided the cruciate ligament which is the major one." Tyson suffered the injury in the early stages of the recent match at Cambridge. Ainsworth added: "However, there is still damage to the ligament and although it’s hard to put a timescale on his return at this stage, we’re looking at months rather than weeks.”
CAMBRIDGE 1 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 7th October 2017)
QPR loanee Eberechi Eze scored two wonder strikes as Wanderers recorded a 3-1 victory at Cambridge United. The game was goalless at the break but three minutes after the re-start Adebayo Akinfenwa laid the ball back to Eze on the right corner of the box and the youngster juggled the ball from his his left to right foot before whipping a dipping shot into the top left corner of the United net. His second goal on 57 minutes was equally as good - this time picking up a loose ball in a similar position and curling a first-time left footed shot, again into the top left corner. The home side pulled a goal back on 70 minutes after Marcus Bean was adjudged to have bundled over Uche Ikpeazu in the penalty area and Medy Elito converted from the spot. Cambridge's hope of snatching a draw diminished when Captain Leon Legge was sent off for a second bookable offence on 82 minutes after a body-check on Craig Mackail-Smith. Wanderers sealed the three points on 89 minutes when Charlton loanee Josh Umerah found space on the left side of the box before cooling angling in a low shot into the opposite corner of the Cambridge goal. The was marred from Wycombe's point of view by a 25th minute leg injury to Nathan Tyson - this coming on the back of the news that Michael Harriman had broken his leg in training the previous Tuesday.
The result saw Wanderers move to 4th place in the table - four points behind new leaders Exeter City who Wycombe play at Adams Park on Saturday 14th October.
Final Score: Cambridge United 1 Wycombe 3
HARRIMAN INJURY SHOCK
(Saturday 7th October 2017)
The Club revealed, just prior to kick-off of the Cambridge game, the shock news that Michael Harriman had suffered a broken-leg during training the previous Tuesday. The Club added that they estimated the attacking right-back would be side-lined for around four months.
KEEPER ON SHORT-TERM DEAL
(Tuesday 2nd October 2017)
The Club announced on Tuesday 2nd October the signing of 31 year old former Chelsea goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay on a deal running until 29th January 2018, with the Club also confirming he would be 'providing cover and competition for Scott Brown'. The 6' 6" Belgium born player originally played at Youth level for Chelsea but failed to break into the First Team, instead making his senior debut during a loan spell at Watford during the 2005/6 season. He later played for Hibernian and then Swansea City before time in Belgium with KV Mechelen and Royal Antwerp. He returned to the UK in July 2015 to take up a coaching role with Muswell Hill Football Academy. He can also claim international honours with the Belgium Olympic 2008 side and then the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the birthplace of his father. He was allocated No.30 in the Wanderers squad.
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