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Tuesday 17th Oct 2000
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Stewart Castledine good chance for Wycombe - picture Paul DennisA tired looking Wycombe side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Oldham as Lawrie Sanchez stuck with the same XI that had lost at Reading on Saturday. It was Wycombe's first defeat in four visits to Boundary Park as they drop to seventh place in the table.
A goal in each half from former Notts County and ex-England Youth International Craig Dudley saw off The Wanderers who once again missed the midfield battling qualities of Dannie Bulman. Bulman had an injection in his foot on Monday and sat out of the trip to Boundary Park.
After seeing Andy Rammell miss a good chance early on, it was an uncharacteristic lapse of concentration from Chris Vinnicombe that led to The Latics first goal in the 12th minute. A weak back pass was intercepted by Neil Adams and although Martin Taylor blocked, Dudley was waiting to drill the ball home.
The incident seemed to unsettle 'Vinni' and another nervous back pass in the 17th minute following Dudley's cross from the left bye-line had Taylor fuming again.
There was more panic in the Wycombe penalty area in the 25th minute when new signing David Eyres sent over a corner from the left. Taylor slapped the ball away at the far post but was grateful to see Lee Duxbury head wide as the ball flash in front of him.
Wycombe's best spell came in the 15 minutes before half-time. On 33 minutes a great ball forward from Brown found McSporran but after cleverly flicking the ball over the advancing Gary Kelly, the ball raced away on wet surface. McSporran was involved again five minutes before the break when he unselfishly laid the ball off the Michael Simpson but 'Simo's attempted lob ended on top of The Latics net. Mo Harkin latched onto a Vinnicombe left wing ball shortly afterwards but Rammell couldn't get the vital touch as the ball was squared. The best chance of the half and as it turned out the game, fell on the stroke of half-time to Stewart Castledine. The ex-Don picked up Simpson's throughball but his fierce drive was blocked as the home side ot back in numbers.

Half-time Oldham 1 Wycombe 0

Sadly for Wycombe they didn't keep the momentum going in the second-half. After McSporran had forced Kelly to save again two minutes into the second period it was literally one way traffic towards the Wycombe goal.
Canadian Carlo Corazzin  saw efforts go wide of the target around the hour mark as he joined Dudley in running amok amongst the Wycombe defence.
Vinnicombe was lucky to escape a booking when he brought down Dudley on route to goal down the Oldham right, while Simpson was so lucky when he clipped Dudley's heals and was shown his third yellow card of the season. Earlier in the game Paul McCarthy picked up his fourth yellow of the season and is just one more indiscretion short of a suspension.
Young Martyn Lee and not so young Keith Ryan were introduced just after the hour mark as Wycombe scrapped the idea of playing Mo Harkin just behind the front two. However, it was The Latics who continued to create the better openings and doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when Dudley held off the challenge of Jamie Bates before slotting past Taylor from 18 yards.
That was 'Goodnight Wycombe' and even another change of formation that saw a 'Rhino' and 'Rambo' combination up front, it was a long journey back home for the Wycombe fans who had slogged through the traffic jams to get to the game.

Final Score Oldham 2 Wycombe 0
Wycombe: Taylor, Rogers, Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Bates, Castledine (sub 61 Ryan), Simpson, Brown (sub 76 Senda), Harkin (sub 61 Lee), McSporran, Rammell
subs not used: Cousins, Brady
Yellow Cards: McCarthy (8 foul), Simpson (58 foul)
Oldham: Kelly, McNiven, Garnett, Duxbury, Innes, Dudley (sub 87 Allott), Hotte, Adams, Corazzin, Eyres, Carss
subs not used: Miskelly, Holt, Boshell, Watson
Yellow Cards: Duxbury (19 foul), Corazzin (90 dissent)
Referee: M Jones Attendance: 3,496
(approx 200 Wycombe)
Chairboys Stat File
17th Oct 2000

Division Two
Drew 3
Goals For
Goals Against

Top Scorers (League)
Steve Brown 3
Andy Baird 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Andy Rammell 2

Jamie Bates 1

Dannie Bulman 1

Paul McCarthy 1
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