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Saturday 5th February 2005
Football League 'League Two'
Jonny Dixon - scored penalty against BostonAnother brace from Northern Ireland international Andy Kirk saw Wycombe slump to their fifth home League defeat of the season - going down 2-1 to Boston United. Kirk opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he turned in the box to shoot past Frank Talia. Wanderers got back on level terms six minutes before the break when Nathan Tyson was fouled by Pilgrims 'keeper Nathan Abbey and Jonny Dixon, making his first League start for Wycombe for close to ten months, converted the resulting penalty. Steve Guppy went closest for Wycombe when he shot wide from the left in the 67th minute but it was the visitors who finished the stronger side and after Jason Lee had headed against the crossbar with ten minutes remaining it was then Kirk who finished clinically past Talia in the 85th minute after a through ball had split the Wycombe defence. Team news for Wycombe saw Danny Senda miss out after he was called away a couple of hours before kick-off due to a serious family illness. Wycombe lost midfielder Joe Burnell through injury during the second-half when he pulled up with what looked like a hamstring problem.
Kirk's early strike seem to knock Wycombe off their stride and it took to around the 30 minute mark before any serious inroads were made towards the Boston goal. First Dixon crossed from the right where Tyson stretched to meet with his head but the ball ended wide of the far post. Moments later Tyson crossed himself from the left flank but Steve Claridge's touch on the run sent the ball astray of the right hand upright.
On 37 minutes Tyson was left with a one on one with Abbey but the shot was too close to the 'keeper and the big man got down well to save. However, within the next minute it was Abbey who clattered Tyson when the Wycombe striker made an aeriel challenge in the box. It left Tyson nursing a nose bleed and while he went off for treatment it was Dixon who was confident enough to take the penalty and but Wanderers back on level terms.
Half-time 1-1
Burnell's loss in the 54th minute saw Clint Easton move into midfield and Gary Silk come on to cover the left-back role. Within a couple of minutes Wycombe should have taken the lead when Steve Guppy's free-kick from the left of midfield found the head of Claridge but the veteran directed the ball over the inviting target.
Wycombe continued to enjoy their best spell of the half with a patient style of build up play. It almost brought success in the 67th minute when Claridge and Guppy combined down the left with the latter sending his shot into the side netting. Sadly it proved to be Wanderers last serious assault at the visitors goal. Youth Teamer Ikechi Anya replaced Dixon on 69 minutes with Dixon receiving good applause from the appreciative crowd for his contribution. Anya got involved early on but after Easton and chipped a free-kick straight into the arms of Abbey in the 73rd minute it was Boston who took the initiative to grab the victory.
Kirk shot wide from the right on 75 minutes and five minutes later there was a massive let-off for Wycombe when Lee headed against the crossbar and only the bravery of Talia prevented Kirk finishing off the rebound. However, there was no such goodwill from Kirk five minutes later when he showed why he's the hottest property in 'League Two' when he flashed the ball past Talia from the right of the box to condem Wycombe to another home defeat in their fragmented season and a drop back to 16th in table.
Final Score - Wycombe 1 Boston United 2
Speaking after the game to BBC Three Counties Radio, Wycombe Manager John Gorman said his feelings were "Absolute disappointment and sick to my stomach because it is a game we should never have lost." The Wycombe boss said that after a good preration on the training ground his team plans were upset with Danny Senda's late withdrawal from the squad. But he added "We got ourselves back in as usual, never gave up and played some good stuff and thoroughly deserved our equaliser from the penalty spot although we had very good chances from Steve Claridge, two from Nathan and you sometimes think when are we going to put away our good play."
Meanwhile, Pilgrims boss Steve Evans told BBC Radio Lincolnshire that he switched tatics during the second-half and was pleased with the positive end from his side, saying "With 10 or 15 minutes to go John (Gorman) was shouting from the side don't lose it, don't lose it, keep your concentration. I think he was more worried about being beaten. That isn't knocking him because the man's profile and professionalism stands with the best of them." Gorman admitted that he would have a settled for a draw, commenting "A draw would have been a fair result. It's horrible to say I know but I would have been content with a draw because when it's not going for you, if you get a draw it's not the end of the world. But we go and throw it all away instead of saying 'no goals against second-half, at least we've got a result.' "
Wycombe: Talia, Uhlenbeek, Easton, Johnson, Williamson, Ryan, Burnell (sub 54 Silk), Dixon (sub 69 Anya), Guppy, Tyson, Claridge (sub 81 Stonebridge) - subs not used: Martin, Nethercott
Bookings: none
Scorers: Dixon (39,pen)
Boston United: Abbey, Beevers, Noble, Lee, Kirk (sub 90+ Thompson), Holland, Rusk, McCann, Thomas (sub 74 Pitt), O'Donnell (sub 57 Boyack), Gabrieli - subs not used: West, Clare
Bookings: Lee (foul 21), Gabrieli (foul 25), O'Donnell (foul 27), Abbey (foul 38), Holland (foul 54)
Scorers: Kirk (4,85)
Referee: M Jones Attendance: 4,091 (205 away end)
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