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Nationwide League Division Two WYCOMBE v Luton Town
Saturday 29th April 2000
Division Two
Wycombe ended their home campaign for the 1999/2000 season with a disappointing 1-0 reverse to bogie side Luton Town. The visitors struck in the 87th minute and Wycombe have now not beaten The Hatters in eight attempts in the Football League.
With Steve Brown, Keith Ryan and Dave Carroll missing from midfield, ex-Youth Teamer Martyn Lee was given another start alongside Dannie Bulman and Michael Simpson. Up front a three-manned attack saw Danny Senda join Sean Devine and Jermaine McSporran but they rarely gelled on a frustrating afternoon for the Wycombe fans.
Before the game 'keeper Martin Taylor was awarded the joint BFP/Club Player of the Season Award and it was Taylor who was called into action early on to slap away a dangerous left wing cross from Matthew Taylor. Wycombe's first sight of goal came on 15 minutes when Simpson's free-kick from the right saw Paul McCarthy plunge in for a header but the resulting collision only ensured that 'Macca' would eventually be replaced by Jason Cousins.
The Hatters Stuart Douglas dragged a shot wide in the 28th minute following Martin Taylor's sliced clearance but an exquisite through ball from Martyn Lee a minute later should have set up Devine for the opening goal. Devine was clear through on goal but former Wycombe loanee 'keeper Ben Roberts got down well to block.
Four minutes before the interval McSporran was gifted the ball by Matthew Taylor but Roberts blocked again to save the blushes of The Hatters defender.
Half-time 0-0
The sunny conditions seemed to inspire a overly casual attitude as the match progressed. Andy Baird was introduced for Senda just after the hour mark and he added new energy to a game that seemed destined for a 0-0 scoreline. In the 80th minute Bulman muscled his way through from midfield before setting-up Baird slightly to the left of goal. Baird then saw Roberts block his shot on the run and then tip the follow-up over for a corner on the left side. It is saves like these that have promoted several Premiership sides to chase the signature of the 'keeper who is currently on loan to The Hatters from Middlesbrough. However, Roberts had his defence to thank from the resulting corner as Jason Cousins held his head in his hands as twice he saw powerful drives from around the twelve yard mark somehow cleared of the line by Gavin McGowan.
Wycombe's luckless day was completed when Hatters substitute Liam George broke through on the right side of midfield and when Martin Taylor could only parry the ball into the path of namesake Matthew Taylor, it was Luton who stole all three points to send home their 1,000 strong travelling suport home happy. Wycombe now have to win their final game of the season at Cambridge United to break the 60 point barrier and improve on their current 14th place standing.
Final Score Wycombe 0 Luton 1
Wycombe Team: Taylor, Vinnicombe, McCarthy (sub 25 Cousins), Bates, Rogers, Simpson, Bulman, Devine, McSporran, Lee (sub 78 Harkin), Senda (sub 63 Baird) subs not used Westhead, Brady Att: 5,379

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