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Saturday 5th March 2005
Football League 'League Two'
Wanderers defend in numbers against Lincoln in the early stages A first half hat-trick from Nathan Tyson set Wycombe on their way to their ninth away League victory of the season - this time winning 3-2 victory at Lincoln City. The home side dominated the opening stages but strikes from Tyson in the 12th, 30th and 40th minutes put Wycombe into what appeared to be an untouchable lead and even prompted some home fans to leave the ground. However, City came back strongly at the start of the second period although it took a gift to give them a way back into the game when Kevin Sandwith's low corner from the right on 63 minutes somehow managed to squeeze through the hands of Frank Talia. Four minutes later it was 3-2 after Danny Senda conceded a penalty when he fell in front of Simon Yeo to the left of the goal and it was Yeo who converted the spot-kick. An equaliser now looked on the cards but the Wanderers defence tightened up and with the introduction of Steve Claridge in the latter stages it was Wycombe who finished the stronger side - Claridge going close with a header in the dying minutes as the full-time whistle moments later brought relief for the Wycombe followers.
Team news for Wycombe at Sincil Bank saw Tyson return to the starting line-up in place of Claridge who was carrying a slight rub injury, while Joe Burnell started in midfield as replacement for the departed Steve Guppy. Goalkeeper Steve Williams returned on the bench following his spell out through injury.
There was little warning of what was to follow as the home side created all the chances in the opening ten minutes. Francis Green's snap shot flew just wide of the left hand post on 4 minutes after a cross from the right while Yeo and Gary Taylor-Fletcher also forced saves from Frank Talia as the home side continued their early onslaught.
Wanderers' opener against the run of play on 12 minutes came after Burnell had played in Tyson down the left flank. Tyson shrugged off the challenge of Imps defender Matt Bloomer and then lobbed the ball over the advancing Alan Marriott in the Lincoln goal.
Yeo went close to equalising in the 20th minute when his shot at the far post following a corner from the left was forced away again by Talia. Two minutes later at the other end, Senda's curling free-kick was tipped away by Marriott.
Tyson doubled his tally for the day on the half hour when he cut across from the centre to the right of the goal, again getting the better of Bloomer, before cutting a right footed shot back across into the far corner of the net.
With the home side floundering, Ian Stonebridge went close with a shot following a corner from the left and Tyson had a penalty appeal waved away after he went to ground in the box. However, a 40th minute run down the right by Gus Uhlenbeek set up Wycombe's third and ultimately decisive goal. Uhlenbeek's run took him into the box and low cross to the far corner of the six yard box was gratefully converted by Tyson to complete his hat-trick in a Club record breaking time of 28 minutes. Perhaps a flattering half-time score-line but a welcome one for Wycombe.
Half-time Lincoln 0 Wycombe 3
Not surprisingly Lincoln came out all guns blazing at the start of the second-half. Former Wanderers triallist Guy Ipoua replaced Bloomer, with Imps boss Keith Alexander switching to four strikers in his line-up. It saw plenty of action in the Wycombe box with Yeo guilty of squandering the best chance twelve minutes after the restart when he blazed over from six yards.
In the end it was a moment of lapse in the Wycombe defence that let the home side in. Sandwith's corner was missed by Senda before Talia deflected the ball into the net at the near post. Panic then set in as Senda fouled to concede the spot kick that brought the score back to 3-2.
However, Wanderers came though the test of character as they buckled down again to defend out the remainder of the game and restrict the home side to limited chances for an equaliser. And as the chilling wind, rain and snow beat down, Senda's cross from the right in the final minute almost set up another Claridge goal that would have capped another gutsy away performance.
Wanderers' away record of nine victories is now the most in a season since joining the Football League while the fourth consecutive win on the road is also a Football League record for Wycombe. Meanwhile, Wanderers 100% League record at Lincoln moves John Gorman's side to 9th in the table, two points off the play-off zone.
Final Score - Lincoln City 2 Wycombe 3
Speaking after the game to BBC Three Counties Radio, Wycombe Manager John Gorman described his team's display as "magnificent performance from start to finish". But he reminded the listeners that taking the three goal lead didn't mean the game was over, adding "Don't expect because you are winning 3-0 that it is going to be the outcome. You could go out in the second-half and if it's your day and life's easy you go and win four. We know the way they play. They started off the same way in the first half as they did in the second and they could have been up because they force you back from long balls and throw-ins which they can launch into the box and it's so dangerous." He went on to say "We defended for our lives. I though our defence was maginificent. Tyson was magnificent and got his three goals. Gus made the third goal and was fantastic."
Meanwhile, Lincoln boss Keith Alexender was obviously not happy with the result, commenting in the post match press conference "It was a disappointing first half performance. A couple of mistakes and we are two down and then another sloppy goal and we are three down and obviously we had to change it at half time. We came out fighting but really we'd given us too much to do." Alexander, concluded "We made mistakes. Basic errors, heading and clearing the ball which was all Matt Bloomer had to do a couple of times and they don't score. I don't think Wycombe have had two passes when they scored the first goal. We started brightly and it looked as if they game was there for the taking."
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Johnson, Nethercott, Easton, Uhlenbeek, Ryan, Burnell, Bloomfield (sub 76 Claridge), Stonebridge, Tyson - subs not used Dixon, Martin, Philo, Williams
Bookings: none
Scorers: Tyson (12,30,40)
Lincoln: Marriott, McAuley, Bloomer (sub 48 Ipoua), McCombe, Beevers, Sandwith (sub 83 Blackwood), Butcher, Gain, Green (sub 58 Bermingham), Taylor-Fletcher, Yeo - subs not used: Hanlon, Futcher
Bookings: Beevers (foul 44), McAuley (foul 45)
Scorers: Sandwith (63), Yeo (68 pen)
Referee: C Boyeson Attendance: 4,250 (away section 246)
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