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Peterborough United 0
Saturday 23rd Sep 2000
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Jermaine McSporran - another classic goal - picture Paul DennisWycombe went into the record books against Peterborough when they scored two goals without the opposition having touched the ball. This bizarre feat was achieved when referee John Brandwood blew the first-half whistle immediately after Jamie Bates' free kick had hit the back of The Posh net in first half stoppage time. Wycombe then kicked off the second-half and within nine seconds Jermaine McSporran had waltzed around three Posh defenders before striking the ball past Mark Tyler in the Peterborough goal.
Records aside, this was an important victory for Wycombe having gone into the game on the back of three straight defeats. Wycombe survived a bright start from Barry Fry's side before taking a grip of the game with the record making goals. The three points lifts The Wanderers to fifth place in the table after nine games played and after another clean sheet are the tightest defence in Division Two with just five goals conceded.
With Andy Baird missing from the Wycombe squad with a groin strain, Lawrie Sanchez stuck with the same XI that had lost to Birmingham the previous Tuesday. Barry Fry made two changes to the side that had beaten Reading the previous week, Francis Green and Joe Cullen replacing Tony Shields and on-loan Guy Whittingham.
After keeping at bay Posh danger man Andy Clarke in the opening minutes, Wycombe began to grind out the chances. Mo Harkin saw a shot deflected wide after nine minutes following a quick free-kick from Dannie Bulman while two minutes later another Harkin from Andy Rammell's knock on was pushed wide for a corner on the left. Rammell will have been disappointed to head Steve Brown's resulting corner wide of the target at the near post.
Wycombe had a series of half-hearted appeals for penalties turned down in a mad spell midway through the first-half. All the claims were for handball and would have been harsh to say the least. In between these claims Jamie Bates show a 24th minute low shot inch just wide of the left hand upright after a quick exchange with Harkin just outside the Posh penalty area. Four minutes later Harkin saw his shot blocked after the ball had broke loose after a long throw from the Wycombe right.
After all this Wycombe pressure the visitors could have taken the lead just after the half-hour mark when Posh midfielder Ritchie Hanlon found himself in space but he pulled his shot wide of Martin Taylor's right hand post.
At this point it looked like neither would score especially when in the 40th minute Wycombe did everything but score. An array of passes in the Wycombe midfield built around Harkin and Simpson culminated in Rammell playing through McSporran who ran on before placing a shot to the left of the 'keeper. Incredibly the ball hit the post, crossbar and opposite hand post before being cleared to safety by The Posh defence.
The breakthrough finally came two minutes into first-half stoppage time. More good work from Rammell led to Brown being fouled by Cullen no more than two yards outside of the Peterborough penalty area on the Wycombe left. With three Wycombe players hovering over the ball, Jamie Bates strode up to rifle the ball clean into the back of the net.
Half-time Wycombe 1 Peterborough 0
McSporran's goal within nine seconds of the start of the second-half was yet another to add to his collection of wonder strikes since he joined the Club in November 1998 - does he ever score tap ins?
Peterborough who had made two changes at the break could have pulled a goal back within three minutes - ex-Forest striker Jason Lee slicing over from close range after Andy Clarke's from the left. Five minutes later Dave Farrell saw his drive hit the Wycombe crossbar after a free-kick conceded by Paul McCarthy was laid off to the ex-Wycombe player. On the hour mark Bates recovered well to stop Clarke in his tracks on the right side as Peterborough began to run out of ideas.
Mo Harkin had further chances to open his goal scoring account for the season while Martin Taylor was called in for some action when he blocked a powerful 25 yard drive from Posh substitute Simon Rea.
Wycombe finished much the stronger side with Bulman seeing a shot blocked in stoppage time with the rebound being fired in by Brown only for Tyler to push wide for a corner.

Final Score Wycombe 2 Peterborough 0
Wycombe: Taylor, Rogers, Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Bates, Bulman, Simpson, Harkin (sub 79 Lee), Brown, Rammell, McSporran (sub 73 Senda)
subs not used: Castledine, Beeton, Cousins
Yellow Card:  Bates (19 foul)
Peterborough: Tyler, Hooper, Drury, Edwards, Farrell, Clarke, Hanlon (sub HT Oldfield), Jelleyman, Green (sub HT Lee), Forsyth, Cullen (sub 72 Rea)
subs not used: Gill, Connor, 
Referee: John Brandwood Attendance: 4,980 (625 Posh)
Chairboys Stat File
23rd Sep 2000

Division Two


Drew 3
Lost 2
Goals For

Goals Against 5

Top Scorers (League)
Steve Brown 3
Jermaine McSporran

Andy Baird 2
Jamie Bates 1

Dannie Bulman 1
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