All the news stories from September 2017
WYCOMBE 3 BARNET 1
(Saturday 30th September 2017)
Wanderers cruised to a 3-1 victory over Barnet at Adams Park to move into the play-off places. The visitors had some decent chances in the opening exchanges but it was Adebayo Akinfenwa who broke the deallock on 23 minutes when Eberechi Eze and Nathan Tsyon combined to set up 'The Beast' for another headed goal. It was more or less one-way traffic from this point but it wasn't until the 69th minute when Wycombe doubled their lead, substitute Josh Umerah turning to shot home a loose ball after Akinfenwa initial effort had been blocked. Fellow substitute Nick Freeman then took centre stage when his run down the left channel on 76 minutes saw him finish with a blistering drive into the Valley End net to make it 3-0. Barnet grabbed a goal back on 82 minutes through Mauro Vilhere but they left Adams Park well beaten. A third successive victory saw Wanderers climb to 7th in the table.
Final Score: Wycombe 3 Barnet 1
WYCOMBE 3 CREWE 2
(Tuesday 26th September 2017)
Two goals in the final two minutes of normal time secured Wanderers a sensational 3-2 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Adams Park. A cool finish arount the 'keeper by Craig Mackail-Smith on 29 minutes had given Wanderers the lead but the visitors, on a run of three straight defeats, looked to be heading for at least a point after Chris Dagnall levelled three minutes before the break and then the same player had given them the lead on 66 minutes. However, the crowd-pleasing skills of Eberechi Eze set up Michael Harriman on 88 minutes who burried his effort into the bottom corner. Then, with the crowd still buzzing, Nathan Tyson flew down the left wing before rifling his shot past a dazzed Garratt in the Crewe goal. The latest victory for Wanderers took them to 8th place in table, with only goal difference seperating them from 5th placed Luton Town.
Wycombe 3 Crewe Alex 2 - stats and reaction to follow
COLCHESTER 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 23rd September 2017)
Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smith scored as Wanderers won 2-1 at Colchester United. Tyson opened the scoring on 32 minutes, his first goal since his return to Wycombe, after he followed a Mackail-Smith's shot that had been parried by Sam Walker in the home goal. Scott Brown maintained Wycombe's lead when he tipped over Sammie Szmodics' 20-yarder but The U's levelled two minutes before the break when Drey Wright set up Brandon Hanlan who crashed in an effort off the underside of the crossbar. Wanderers were than on the back-foot with Brown denying Hanlon on the stroke of half-time and then Joe Jackson clearing off the line from Ryan Inniss on the hour mark. But Gareth Ainsworth's side quelled the storm and grabbed the winner on 67 minutes when Mackail-Smith scored his first Wycombe goal - following up a Dan Scarr header that had struck the post. The win moved Wycombe back up to 10th in the table after 9 games. Notts County are the new leaders.
Final Score: Colchester 1 Wycombe 2
WYCOMBE 1 LUTON 2
(Saturday 16th September 2017)
A goal eight minutes into stoppage time saw Wanderers suffer a cruel 2-1 defeat to Luton Town at Adams Park. Before a 5,500 gate, Adebayo Akinfenwa headed Wycombe into the lead on 40 minutes and when Scott Brown saved a Danny Hylton penalty on 52 minutes, it looked to be Wanderers' day. However, a 90th minute scrambled equaliser by Scott Cuthbert set up a frantic finish that ended in disaster for Gareth Ainsworth's side when James Collins header crept in at the far post despite the best efforts of Michael Harriman and Marcus Bean to keep the ball out. The defeat saw Wycombe slip a further two places down the table to 12th.
Final Score: Wycombe 1 Luton 2
MANSFIELD 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 12th September 2017)
A second successive goalless draw away from home saw Wycombe extend their unbeaten run on the road back to February 2017 - the latest stalemate coming at Mansfield Town. On windy evening in Nottinghamshire, Gareth Ainsworth gave a Football League debut to loanee Dan Scarr and he almost had a dream start after his goalbound header on 22 minutes was kept out by home 'keeper Conrad Logan. Three minutes later the Mansfield goal led a charmed life when both Matt Bean and Luke O'Nein contrived not to score from close range. Wycombe continued to have the better chances but were unable to beat 'Man of the Match' Logan in the home goal. The draw meant Wycombe slipped down to 8th in the table.
Final Score: Mansfield 0 Wycombe 0
NEWPORT 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 9th September 2017)
Wycombe retained their unbeaten away record in the League this season with a 0-0 draw at early form side Newport County. The home side dominated the first-half but it was Wycombe who could have snatched it in the second period, with both Josh Umerah and Craig Mackail-Smith both going close. Adebayo Akinfenwa missed the game due to an injury picked up in the closing stages of the previous Saturday's game against Forest Green Rovers. QPR loanee Eberechi Eze was given his Wycombe debut as a late substitute.
Wycombe drop two places to 6th. Exeter City top the table.
Final Score: Newport County 0 Wycombe 0
JOHN MOTSON TO RETIRE
(Wednesday 6th September 2017)
With the news that BBC Football Commentator John Motson has announced his retirment, we make no apologies for recalling his iconic moment at Adams Park. Saturday 8th December 1990 may not register in the playing records of Wycombe Wanderers but this was the date that turned from a potential giant-killing moment to one that created the memorable image of Motson standing in the snow in his sheepskin coat with Adams Park as the backdrop.
John Motson and his sheepskin - special feature
WYCOMBE 3 FOREST GREEN 1
(Saturday 2nd September 2017)
A stunning first-half onslaught by Wanderers helped Gareth Ainsworth's side to a 3-1 victory over Football League newboys Forest Green Rovers at Adams Park. Goals from Paris Cowan-Hall, Anthony Stewart and Luke O'Nien had Wycombe 3-0 up by the 36th minute. The second-half was less eventful, with the visitors pulling a goal back on 70 minutes through Christian Doidge but that strike never looking like affecting the result. Charlton Athletic loanee Josh Umerah was introduced as a 69th minute substitute for his Wanderers debut. The latest victory pushes Wycombe up to 4th in the table with 10 points from the opening 5 games.
Final Score: Wycombe 3 Forest Green 1
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