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Saturday 2nd August 2003
Darren Currie scored twice as Wycombe concluded their pre-season campaign for 2003/4 with a 2-1 victory over Watford at Adams Park. Prior to this game the Hornets had boasted a 100% record in their pre-season programme with victories over Aldershot (3-0), QPR (2-1) and Northampton (1-0) plus three wins on their tour of Finland earlier in July, so all in all Wanderers can be well pleased with this result which follows on from the 3-1 victory over West Ham on the previous Tuesday.
Wanderers were largely unchanged from the line-up that beat the Hammers with 'keeper Frank Talia given another week to get fully fit as ex-Youth Teamer Steve Williams continued to stand-in. Gavin Holigan, who suffered a groin strain versus West Ham, was replaced up front by Watford loanee Simon Patterson. Lawrie Sanchez had hoped to bring in ex-Blackburn Rovers trainee Andy Bell on trial but the striker who scored a hat-trick for Wanderers reserves last season pulled out with a hamstring problem suffered while playing for Oldham earlier in the week.
In another typically half-paced friendly it was Wycombe who took the lead after just three minutes when Currie controlled and converted a Jermaine McSporran cross from the right wing. The visitors equalised after 28 minutes when Bruce Dyer tucked the ball past Williams after Danny Weber had got the better of Danny Senda down the Watford left. Senda was replaced shortly afterwards by Beaconsfield SYCOB triallist Steve Dell in what was hoped at the time to be purely a precationary measure due to a knock. However, the Wanderers right-back appeared to jesture at the bench following the decision and headed straight down the tunnel with Manager Lawrie Sanchez and Youth Team physio Terry Evans in hot pursuit.
Watford enjoyed their best spell of the game leading up to Dyer's goal but Wycombe went close to scoring five minutes before the break when Roger Johnson's header looped over Alec Camberlain in the Watford goal but hit the woodwork. McSporran went close with a 20 yard effort on 51 minutes before Wanderers regained the lead three minutes later when Chamberlain's poor clearance under a challenge by Patterson fell to Currie on the edge of the box and the ex-Barnet man had time to pick his spot and score his second goal of the afternoon.
The usual deluge of substitions followed and the game faded away in the entertainment stakes. However, Wycombe held on for another encouraging result before the serious stuff starts on Saturday 9th August.
Final Score Wycombe 2 Watford 1
Wycombe: Williams, Senda (sub 30 Dell), Vinnicombe, Johnson, Rogers, Currie (sub 61 Brown), Simpson (sub 61 Bulman), Mapes (sub 61 Cook), Harris (sub 55 Harding), Patterson, McSporran (sub 61 Roberts) - subs not used: Matthews, Thomson, Oliver, Simpemba, Gott.
Scorer: Currie (3, 54)
Watford: Chamberlain, Doyley, Mahon (sub 61 Robinson), Gayle, Cox, Ardley, Johnson (sub 61 Fisken), Vernazza (sub 61 Hand), Webber (sub HT Cook), Dyer, Helguson - subs not used: Dyche, Hitchcock
Scorer: Dyer (29)
Referee: Iain Williamson Attendance: 1,796 (approx 668 away end)
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