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Nationwide League Division Two Bournemouth v WYCOMBE
Saturday 25th March 2000
Division Two
Wycombe slumped to a disappointing 2-0 reverse at Bournemouth to pull The Wanderers down to 15th place in the Division Two table and bring back an outside threat of relegation. It was a bad day all around for Wycombe as Lawrie Sanchez was sent from the dug-out after his persistent dissent to match referee Steve Dunn saw the Wycombe Manager sent to a seat in the stand.
The defeat came after Paul McCarthy and Andy Baird returned to starting line-up and saw Wycombe revert back to a 4-4-2 formation. With 'Macca' in the middle, Jason Cousins moved to right-back allowing Dave Carroll to switch back to midfield. On the opposite side of midfield, Matt Brady got a chance to shown his credentials.
However, despite the changes, it was the home side who dominated proceedings to take all three points. It was the Wycombe forwards who were off form again as home 'keeper Mark Ovendale was not called upon to make a serious save.
The Cherries were far more powerful up front and six-foot plus striker Steve Fletcher proved to be a real handful for the Wycombe defence. On seven minutes Fletcher's header caused Martin Taylor to stretch towards his left post to save while on 13 minutes the same player forced the Wycombe 'keeper to react quickly again from a similar position.
There was controversy in the 17th minute when a fairly innocuous foul on Andy Baird in front of the Wycombe dug-out saw Lawrie Sanchez complain for more punishment than a free-kick. Sanchez eventually talked himself into the stands although for some reason he re-appeared back near the bench shortly before the break.
The travelling Wycombe fans saw their side carve a rare opening in the 31st minute when a Jason Cousins free-kick from the right saw Baird knock the ball down with his head, only for Simpson to shoot wildly over. McSporran also lashed the ball over on 36 minutes to highlight Wycombe's problems in front of goal.
The nearest either side came to breaking the deadlock during the first-half came three minutes before the interval when Fletchers's header crashed against Taylor's crossbar before being cleared by the Wycombe defence.
Half-time 0-0
The second-half followed a similar pattern to the first. McSporran shot weakly at Ovendale in the first minute of the second-half while Fletcher shot at Tayor's legs in the 50th minute after Eddie Howe had pulled back a deep ball in from the Bournemouth right.
It was an unfortunate error from Martin Taylor that gifted The Cherries the opening goal on 51 minutes - the Wycombe 'keeper spilling a 25 yard shot from Steve Fletcher only for debutant Wade Elliott to tuck the ball in from six yards.
Wycombe made three substitutions after the goal and on 78 minutes, one of those subs, Danny Senda, weaved in from the right but his low shot from 25 yards was a yard wide of the far post. Moments earlier Fletcher saw another header cannon off Taylor's crossbar. The home side eventually wrapped the game up with a stunning goal in the 82nd minute - Cherries substitute Scott Mean giving Taylor no chance with a 30 yarder into the top corner.
Wycombe fans aren't panicking just yet but no wins in the last six games means that Division Two safety is still a few games away.
Final Score Bournemouth 2 Wycombe 0
Wycombe Team: Taylor, Brown, Cousins, Rogers, McCarthy, Simpson, Ryan, Carroll, Brady (sub 63 Bulman), McSporran (sub 71 Thomposn), Baird (sub 71 Senda) subs not used Harkin, Holsgrove Att: 4,393 

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