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WYCOMBE 1 CAMBRIDGE 0
(Saturday 6th May 2017)
A 1-0 victory against Cambridge United wasn't enough for Wanderers to sneak into the play-off places as Gareth Ainsworth's side finished in 9th spot in the 'League Two' table - a point outside the play-off zone. Scott Kashket scored the only goal of the game to take his goal tally for the season to 16 from just 18 starts and 29 appearances overall.
Wanderers missed out on the chance of promotion at the expense of Carlisle and Blackpool who booked their play-off places with final day victories. However, Carlisle came from 2-1 down to score two goals inside the final 20 minutes to snatch three vital points at Exeter City. If Carlisle had drawn with The Grecians, then Colchester United would have jumped into the final play-off place on goal-difference, with Wanderers in 8th.
Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the Wanderers starting XI for the must-win game with United - Matt Bloomfield, Myles Weston and Kashket coming in for Luke O'Nien, Garry Thompson and Paul Hayes - the dropped trio all dropping to the bench. With both sides needing victory to have any chance of leaping into the play-offs, their was an inevitable fast pace to the game. With eyes and ears on other score-lines, it was Wycombe who had a gloriious chance to take the lead after only three minutes when Kashket managed to flick a through ball over the advancing 'keeper but then somehow managed to steer the ball wide of the open goal. It was head in hands time for the Wycombe fans amongst Adams Park highest gate of the season.
Five minutes later Aaron Pierre, possibly playing his final game for Wanderers, put the ball inches wide of his own post as the tension continued. Kashket forced a save from Norris in the visitors goal on 33 minutes and the same player went close again moments before the break as the half ended goalless and then time to catch-up on events elsewhere.
There was little to give hope from the half-time scorelines from other grounds but Wanderers continued to look the side more likely to score. O'Nien replaced Bloomfield in midfield on 62 minutes and immediately gave Wycombe added zip. The goal duly came on 65 minutes when Adebayo Akinfenwa's assist to the far post from Joe Jacobson's cross saw Kashket head home in front a delighted Valley End terrace.
Although score-lines continued to go against Wycombe's play-off chances in the other matches, United attempted to put a spoiler in the works with a late press on goal. Jamal Blackman pulled out another superb point blank stop from Ben Williamson on 89 minutes.
Then in the fourth minute if stoppage time, United and their fans behind the goal must have thought the equaliser had come when Leon Legge's close range effort looked every part a goal - but Michael Harriman's out-stretched leg protected Wanderers' lead and the Wycombe defender punched the air in delight to show his delight in keeping whatever slim chance there was of results elsewhere helping his team out.
In the end, Wycombe came up just short but will reflect on a season where they reached the 4th Fourth Round of the FA Cup for only the second time their history (and should have beaten Spurs at White Hart Lane), progressed to the semi-final of the Football League Trophy and enjoyed a mid-season winning running in the League that proved Wanderers' small squad has the potential to achieve results againt the top sides in the division and above. Attendance v Cambridge: 6,313 (1,352 away).
Wycombe 1 Cambridge 0 - stats and reaction to follow
Race for promotion RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Friday 5th May 2017)
All the top three places in League Two are secured, the race for the four places in the play-offs continues until the final day of the season. Luton Town and Exeter City are guaranteed a play-off spot but seven other clubs are chasing the two other spots. Wanderers need to beat Cambridge United in the 5.30pm kick-off at Adams Park and then hope that result is better than at least three of the four other sides currently above them in the table. A tall ask but stranger things have happened.
News BLOOMFIELD NEW DEAL
(Sunday 30th April 2017)
The Club announced on Sunday evening (30th April) that the long serving Matt Bloomfield had signed a one year extension to his contract - now running until June 2018. The 33 year has been with Wanderers since December 2003 - clocking up over 432 First Team appearances and scoring 34 goals. With 378 Football League appearances to his name for Wanderers, Bloomfield is now the highest appearance maker for Wycombe in the Football League, having overtaken Steve Brown (371) earlier this season.
MORECAMBE 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 29th April 2017)
Wanderers' pursuit for a place in the League Two play-offs will continue until the final day of the 2016/17 season after Adebayo Akinfenwa's last minute goal salvaged a 1-1 draw at Morecambe. Wycombe will go into the final Saturday of the season in 11th place but just a point behind 7th placed Blackpool. Results on the final day will need to see Wanderers take three points against Cambridge United at Adams Park AND also hope they better they results of at least three of the four other sides currently above them in the table - they are Colchester (home to Yeovil), Stevenage (home to Accrington), Blackpool (home to Leyton Orient) and Carlisle (away to Exeter). Wanderers opponents will also be chasing the same scenario.
Results elsewhere on the penultimate day of the season left Wanderers rueing a missed chance to leap into the play-off zones but also grateful, in the end, for a share of the points. Team news for Wycombe at Morecambe had seen Paul Hayes and Garry Thompson return to the front line in place of a for a reported injured Scott Kashket and benched Matt Bloomfield. Significantly there were returns as substitute for both Anthony Stewart and Paris Cowan-Hall.
After a goalless first-half, Wanderers stepped up a gear in the second period - particularly after introducing Stewart and Cowan-Hall - the latter went close when a close range effort struck the cross-bar on 75 minutes. However, local pantomime villain, Kevin Ellison, struck a cruel blow for Wycombe on 81 minutes when he lashed home a lose ball from the edge of the box and then gave the travelling Wycombe fans the 'ear'. It looked like the 38 year old would have the last laugh but Wanderers had other ideas and it was Akinfenwa to the rescue when he bundled the ball home from close range on 89 minutes to set-up a hetic closing spell where Jamal Blackman was sent up front in an attempt to grab a last minute winner. It's now on to another potentially dramatic final-day. Attendance v Morecambe: 1,742 (399 away).
Morecambe 1 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction to follow
News ALDERSHOT FRIENDLY
(Friday 28th April 2017)
Wanderers announced a third pre-season on Friday (28th April), with a trip to current Conference National side Aldershot Town. The meeting is due to take place on Saturday 22nd July with a 3pm KO. Wanderers took on The Shots in a pre-season at the start of the 2016/17 campaign - Wycombe going down 2-1 to a side managed by Gary Waddock. The former Wycombe boss has since led The Shots onto the verge of the Conference Play-Offs - victory in their final game likely to secure a two-legged semi-final meeting with 2nd placed Tranmere Rovers.
News MAIDENHEAD FRIENDLY
(Wednesday 26th April 2017)
Wanderers announced a second pre-season on Wednesday (26th April). A Wycombe team will travel Maidenhead United on Friday 28th July with a 7.45pm KO. At the time of the announcement, The Magpies were chasing promotion to the 'Conference' National League - needing victory at already relegated Margate in order the clinch promotion. Wanderers met United in a pre-season friendly at York Road in July 2016 - Gareth Ainsworth's side running out 4-1 winners.
WYCOMBE 2 DONCASTER 1
(Saturday 22nd April 2017)
Wanderers clawed their way back onto the edge of the play-off chase with a gritty 2-1 victory over league leaders Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park. A first-half brace from Luke O'Nien, either side of a Alfie May deflected equaliser, lifted Gareth Ainsworth's side to 9th place and just a point outside of the play-off zone with two games remaining. The climax to the season will see Wanderers travel to 18th placed Morecambe on Saturday (29th April) before finishing the regular season at home to currently 11th placed Cambridge United.
Victory against already promoted Rovers came after Ainsworth made just one change to the starting XI that had won at Barnet on Easter Monday - Matt Bloomfield being favoured to Paul Hayes who dropped to the bench. Wycombe's opener came on 9 minutes when a long throw from the left from Joe Jacobson saw Adebayo Akinfenwa rise to loop the ball against the crossbar and O'Nien was first to reaction as he dived in to head home from inside the six-yard box. Rovers' equaliser nine minutes later was some what fortunate - May's cross from the right bye-line taking a deflection off the boot of Sido Jombati and looping over the head of Jamal Blackman and into the far corner of the Valley End goal. Doncaster, one of the best passing sides seen at Adams Park during 2016/17 always looked dangerous going forward and Tommy Rowe struck a low shot against the foot of the right-hand upright on 26 minutes to highlight their potential danger. However, Wycombe held firm and regained the lead just after the half-hour mark when Jacobson delivered a free-kick from just inside the Wanderers half into the box. Akinfenwa managed to nod the ball back and O'Nien volleyed home from just around the penalty-spot mark. The second-half was a similar high paced affair with Wycombe never content to just sit back on their lead. Then with Rovers seemingly out of ideas of how to break down the Wycombe defence, it was subsitute Dominic Gape who went closest to adding to the scoreline when he smashed a 25 yard effort against the crossbar with three minutes of normal time remaining. The delight at the final whistle from the Wycombe bench and the players confirmed that the season was still very much alive. Attendance v Doncaster: 4,587 (820 away).
Wycombe 2 Doncaster 1 - stats and reaction to follow
News FIRST FRIENDLY ANNOUNCED
(Tuesday 18th April 2017)
Wanderers announced their first pre-season on Tuesday (18th April) - League One Wimbledon will be the visitors to Adams Park on Tuesday 25th July with a 7.45pm KO. The game will see Adebayo Akinfenwa reunited with his former Club. The two sides have been regular opponents since The Dons were promoted to the Football League in 2012 but this game will be the first 'First Team' friendly between the teams since 1978.
BARNET 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Monday 17th April 2017)
A 40 yarder from Sam Saunders and a last minute penalty from Joe Jacobson saw Wanderers to a 2-0 victory at Barnet on Easter Monday and keep open the outside chance of sneeking in the play-offs. The result left Wycombe in 13th place in the table but just two points behind 7th placed Blackpool in the final play-off position. Gareth Ainsworth's side are likely to need to win their remaining three games to have a chance of sneaking into the end of season fight to join already promoted Doncaster, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Victory at Barnet came after Ainsworth made two changes the side that had lost at home to Mansfield on Good Friday - Sam Saunders and Paul Hayes coming in for Matt Bloomfield and Garry Thompson - the latter two both dropping to the bench. Saunders' opener on 21 minutes was a pure opportunist's goal - the midfielder picking up a loose ball just over 40 yards from goal and then flighting the ball over home 'keeper Jamie Stephens who was standing around the penalty spot mark. Jamal Blackman made a superb double block a minute later to deny to twice deny Fumnaya Shomotun. In the second-half Curtis Weston side-footed a shot from outside the box against the Wycombe crossbar on 71 minutes, while Ruben Bover struck an effort against the right-hand post on 83 minutes as Wanderers goal held a charmed life. However, Wycombe had the last say at a ground they have won on every visit, when Thompson, who had been introduced on 75 minutes for his 700th professional appearance, was shoved over in the box by Weston to win a penalty that Jacobson duley dispatched. Attendance v Barnet: 2,507 (838 away).
Barnet 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
News AKINFENWA NEW DEAL
(Friday 14th April 2017)
The Club announced on Friday evening (14th April) that Adebayo Akinfenwa had signed a one year extension to his contract - now running until June 2018. Having signed from Wimbledon in the summer of 2016, 'The Beast' has bagged 17 goals in all competitions in his debut season for Wanderers.
WYCOMBE 0 MANSFIELD 1
(Friday 14th April 2017)
Wanderers play-off hopes took a blow following a 1-0 home reverse to Mansfield Town on Good Friday. The only goal of the game came after 13 minutes when Krystian Pearce followed up a rebound from his own shot to tuck the ball past Jamal Blackman. The goal came after a lethargic start from Wycombe but Gareth Ainsworth's side went on to dominate the second-half but found visiting 'keeper Jake Kean in inspired form - his highlights being superb stops to deny Joe Jacobson and Adebayo Akinfenwa. The set-back to Wanderers' promotion ambitions came after Gareth Ainsworth made five changes to the side that had drawn at home to Cheltenham Town the previous Saturday - Sido Jombati, Marcus Bean, Luke O'Nien, Scott Kashket and Akinfenwa returning to the starting XI. Will De Havilland, Dominic Gape, Nick Freeman, Sam Wood and Dayle Southwell the players dropping out. De Havilland, Wood and Southwell were omitted completely from the matchday squad. The defeat saw Wycombe drop to 13th spot in the table with 59 points - four points off the final play-off spot occupied by Carlisle United - and with four games remaining, starting with the Easter Monday trip to 16th placed Barnet. Attendance v Mansfield: 4,218 (305 away).
Wycombe 0 Mansfield 1 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 3 CHELTENHAM 3
(Saturday 8th April 2017)
Wanderers were left three points behind the play-off zone after having to settle for a 3-3 home draw with Cheltenham Town. The visitors had raced into a 2-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes but Wanderers battled back to level by the break - an own goal from Carl Winchester, under pressure from Garry Thompson on 21 minutes, gave Wycombe their life-line. Robins' Jordan Cranston was sent-off on 41 minutes for a second-bookable offence and two minutes later Thompson thumped home from the right corner of the six-yard box to make the score 2-2. With the scores level, Wycombe were then left disappointed they hadn't taken all three points. An 81st minute penalty converted by Joe Jacobson looked to have won the game but it was quickly followed by Wycombe conceeding a penalty of their own. Waters saw his spot-kick saved by Blackman but the Chelsea loanee couldn't keep hold of the ball and the Cheltenham player followed in to level the match up at 3-3. The draw against 21st placed Cheltenham came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had won at Leyton Orient the previous Saturday - Dayle Southwell, Nick Freeman, Sam Wood and Dominic Gape coming in for Myles Weston and Sam Saunders (reported injured); while Adebayo Akinfenwa and Luke O’Nien were surprisingly dropped to the bench amid rumours they had arrived later having been stuck in traffic on the M25. The draw saw Wycombe drop a place to 11th in the table but defeats for Blackpool, Carlisle, Exeter and Stevenage, meant the gap to the play-off zone closed to three points with five games remaining. Wanderers now host 13th placed Mansfield on Good Friday and then travel to Barnet (16th) on Easter Monday. Promoted Doncaster Rovers travel to Adams Park on Saturday 22nd April, while the final two games of the season are away to Morecambe (29th April) and home to Cambridge United (6th May). Attendance v Cheltenham: 3,596 (281 away).
Wycombe 3 Cheltenham 3 - stats and reaction to follow
LEYTON ORIENT 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 1st April 2017)
Wanderers closed the gap to the play-off places to four points following a 2-0 'smash and grab' raid at crisis club Leyton Orient. The home side looked the better side in the opening stages but a 28th minute red card shown to Tom Parkes for a high challenge on Garry Thompson proved a key point in proceedings. Matt Bloomfield opened the scoring on 37 minutes when he capatilised on a loose ball following a 'route one' move from Wanderers that saw Adebayo Akinfenwa lay-off the ball following a long clearance from Jamal Blackman. Less than two minutes later, was a comedy of errors in the Orient defence. Another long Wycombe clearance saw Myles Weston set free down the left wing but as the loose ball broke into the Orient box, defender Jens Janse and 'keeper Sam Sargeant ran into each other chest to chest and Weston was able to loop the ball into the empty net. That was effectively game over against a side that lacked any confidence in an atmosphere that was understandably anti the current regime. A not unlikely scenario is that thiscould have been the last ever game for Wanderers at Brisbane Road. Victory at Orient came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that had lost at home to Notts County the previous Saturday - Aaron Pierre returning from injury to replace Max Muller, Garry Thompson preferred to Alex Jakubiak up front and Matt Bloomfield favoured for Dominic Gape in midfield. There was no place for Muller or Jakubiak in the matchday squad. Former Leyton Orient striker Scott Kashket returned on the bench after his spell out with injury but remained unused on a day when Wanderers took full advantage of the disarray at the East London side. The three points lifted Wanderers to 10th spot in the table with 58 points and six games remaining, starting with a home meeting with Cheltenham Town on Saturday 8th April. Attendance v Leyton Orient: 4,526 (766 away).
Leyton Orient 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 0 NOTTS COUNTY 1
(Saturday 25th March 2017)
Wanderers' play-off hopes took a severe jolt after a mainly spineless 1-0 home defeat to relegation threatened Notts County. The only goal of the game came on 27 minutes when former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi tucked the ball in from close range following a low ball in from the right. Disappointing to the home following was the lack of response from Wanderers. The biggest shout for an equaliser came on the hour mark when Myles Weston appeared to have his heels clipped by Matt Tootle but the claims for a spot-kick were waved away by the referee. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Joe Jacobson sent later efforts wide of the target on a day when Wycombe appeared devoid of any creativity or finesse in front of goal. With seven games remaining, Wanderers are now four points shy of the play-off zone and will need to take full advantage of forthcoming games against struggling Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town in order to maintain a realistic chance of sneaking into the end of season promotion bun-fight. Defeat to County came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had won on the road at Hartlepool the previous Saturday - Max Muller coming into central defence for the injured Aaron Pierre, while Watford loanee Alex Jakubiak was preferred up front to Dayle Southwell. Paul Hayes, Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood returned on the bench following their injuries, with Paris Cowan-Hall (goal-scoring and red-carded substitute at Hartlepool) unavailable due to a one match suspension and Southwell not included in the squad. Attendance v Notts County: 4,362 (348 away).
Wycombe 0 Notts County 1 - stats and reaction to follow
HARTLEPOOL 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 18th March 2017)
Wanderers edged up to 10th spot in League Two following a 2-0 victory at 20th placed Hartlepool United. Adebayo Akinfenwa broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when he bagged his 17th goal of the campaign. Wycombe were denied further goals in the second-half by spectacular saves from home 'keeper Joe Fryer but sealed victory in the final minute when substitute Paris Cowan-Hall fired in a low shot from the right of the penalty area. However, Cowan-Hall blotted his copy-book in stoppage when he was shown a second yellow card following a needless tussle with Scott Harrison. The Wanderers midfielder will now miss the home game with Notts County on Saturday 25th March. Team news at Hartlepool had seen Wanderers make two changes from the side that had drawn with Plymouth Argyle the previous Tuesday - Sam Saunders returned for the injured Marcus Bean, while Will De Havilland was favoured for Max Muller, who dropped to the bench. Attendance v Hartlepool: 3,356 (159 away).
Hartlepool 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 1 PLYMOUTH 1
(Tuesday 14th March 2017)
Wanderers remained in 11th spot in League Two after playing out a 1-1 draw with promotion favourites Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park. Myles Weston had fired Wanderers into an 18th minute lead but Gareth Ainsworth's side were pegged back by a 72nd minute equaliser by substitute Nathan Blisset - scoring his first goal for Argyle since a £15,000 move from Torquay United in the January 2017 transfer window. Gareth's Ainsworth side are now five points off the play-off zone with nine games remaining. Meanwhile, Plymouth, who have missed out via the play-offs for the past two seasons, lie in 2nd spot on 69 points, a massive ten points clear of 4th spot, with only a completely disastorous run of results preventing them from finally achieving a place back in the third tier following five seasons in the basement division. For Wanderers they will need to get back to winning ways in order to stay in touch with the hectic chase for the four play-off places. Just nine points seperate 4th placed Carlisle and 13th placed Grimsby. Wanderers' next four games are against sides battling at the foot of the division - Hartlepool away (20th place), Notts County home (21st), Leyton Orient away (24th) and Cheltenham home (22nd). Attendance v Plymouth: 3,538 (652 away).
Wycombe 1 Plymouth 1 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 0 BLACKPOOL 0
(Saturday 11th March 2017)
Wanderers had Jamal Blackman to thank for securing a point in a 0-0 draw with Blackpool at Adams Park. The Wycombe 'keeper pulled out a wonder save to deny Brad Potts from less than 6 yards a minute into the second-half and then thwarted the same player from the penalty spot on 86 minutes after Will De Havilland had been adjudged to have fouled substitute Jamille Matt. The two sides went into the game on the same points but with the visitors having a far superior goal difference and the added confidence of a 3-0 victory at second placed Plymouth the previous Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wanderers welcomed back Aaron Pierre following his brief spell out with injury. He replaced Will De Havilland in the starting XI. Wanderers stay 11th in the table with 51 points - 3 points off the play-off zone with ten games remaining. Attendance v Blackpool: 3,774 (290 away).
Wycombe 0 Blackpool 0 - stats and reaction to follow
GRIMSBY 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 4th March 2017)
Wanderers recorded their first League victory for seven games with a controversial 2-1 success at Grimsby Town. Wycombe had fallen behind to a 17th minute penalty from Calum Dyson after Sam Wood had hacked down Tom Bolarinwa as the Grimsby player ran into the right side of the Wycombe area. It was a double substitution that eventually influenced the outcome - Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke O'Nein replacing Wood and Garry Thompson. However, it took an own-goal to finally level the scores on 67 minutes when Danny Collins hooked an attempted clearance over the head of his own 'keeper. Either side could have claimed the win from that point but it was Wycombe who grabbed the winner and it would be fair to say, the home contingent were not happy with the decision. The decisive goal came on 71 minutes when a Joe Jacobson free-kick from out on the right wing was punched clear by Mariners 'keeper James McKeown, who in the process knocked down teammate Gavin Gunning. The ball broke loose on the left wing, where Cowan-Hall, back to goal, turned and curled an effort into the opposite far corner of the home net. Grimsby protested that play should have been stopped for the injury to Gunning but their arguements rightly fell on deaf ears. The home side piled the pressure on in the closing stages but couldn't find a way past Jamal Blackman who made an incredible stoppage time save to deny Dyson and confirm a long overdue victory for a Wycombe side devoid of any luck in recent weeks. Attendance v Grimsby: 4,668 (221 away).
Grimsby 1 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
ACCRINGTON 2 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 28th February 2017)
Wanderers put to an end their run of six straight defeats in all competitions with a 2-2 draw at a boggy Accrington Stanley. Adebayo Akinfenwa scored twice within two second-half minutes to put Wycombe in the driving seat after Sean Clare had headed the home side into the lead in first-half stoppage time. Akinfenwa scored on 56 and 58 minutes to stun the lowly home crowd of just over 1,000 but Wycombe couldn't hold onto the lead - Matty Pearson heading home a Jordan Clark free-kick at the far post on 63 minutes. However, it was ycombe who looked the team more likely to grab a winner, Akinfenwa, Max Muller and Joe Jacobson all going close - the latter seeing a stoppage claim that a corner had crossed the line, waved away by the officials. Team news at Accrington saw former Stanley player Joe Jacobson return after his one match ban - with Marcus Bean and Garry Thompson also returning to the starting XI as Sido Jombati, Dominic Gape and Luke O'Nien dropped to the bench. Attendance v Accrington: 1,045 (97 away).
(This was the lowest crowd to watch a Wycombe League game since Wanderers won promotion in 1993. The previous lowest was 1,050 for the game at Accrington in December 2012. Wanderers five lowest attendances of all time in the Football League have all been away to Accrington Stanley).
Accrington 2 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 1 CRAWLEY 2
(Saturday 25th February 2017)
Wanderers painfull run of results continued with a 2-1 home defeat to Crawley Town. This latest reverse came after Adebayo Akinfenwa had continued his goalscoring purple patch with a 15th minute back-heel to give Wanderers the lead. Wycombe survived the response from the visitors until two minutes before the break when they gifted Crawley an equaliser. Sido Jombati's throw-in from the left wing back to Jamal Blackman bounced up and was failed to be kept in play by the Chelsea loanee. Then from the resulting corner, Paris Cowan-Hall headed past his own 'keeper at the near post. The goal was credited to Joe McNerney by the press but video replays clearly show the Crawley was not even close to getting a touch. The second-period saw Wycombe step up a gear but without having the final finish. The match looked to be heading for draw until Luke O'Nein conceded a free-kick some 25 yards from the Wycombe - Josh Payne eventually stepping up to send a virtually unstoppable effort into the top left corner of the net. The defeat, which sees Wycombe drop a place to 11th in the table, came after Gareth Ainsworth made five changes to the side that had lost at Colchester the previous Tuesday - Joe Jacobson (suspended) and Anthony Stewart (knee injury) being the forced changes, plus Sam Saunders, Marcus Bean and Alex Jakubiak dropping to the bench. Coming in was Max Muller, Sido Jombati, Dominic Gape, Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood. Scott Kashket, Paul Hayes and Aaron Pierre remain on the injury list.
The match was marked in the 5th minute with a minute's applause in memory of former Wanderers defender Paul McCarthy who had passed away the previous week, aged just 45. Attendance v Crawley: 3,206 (161 away).
Wycombe 1 Crawley 2 - stats and reaction to follow
COLCHESTER 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 21st February 2017)
Wanderers dropped to 10th spot in League Two after suffering another narrow defeat - this time a 1-0 reverse at Colchester United, who moved up to 7th place but still only a point ahead of the Wanderers. The only goal of the game came on 13 minutes when George Elokobi scored a wonder goal from out on the right wing - his curling effort nestling in the opposite top corner of the Wycombe net. Wanderers registered 13 shots (7 on target) in their efforts to equalise but frustration set in with two minutes remaining when Joe Jacobson was red carded for a second bookable offence. Jacobson, who would have automatically missed two games for reaching ten yellow cards, will now miss one game and revert back to nine yellows. Team news had seen one change from the side that had lost to Carlisle the previous Saturday - Marcus Bean recalled in place of Dominic Gape. Attendance v Colchester: 3,031 (275 away).
Colchester 1 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
PAUL McCARTHY R.I.P.
(Monday 20th February 2017)
Shocking news came through on Monday morning of the passing of former Wanderer Paul McCarthy at the age of just 45 following what is being reported as a sudden heart-attack. The central defender spent seven seasons with Wanderers, clocking up over 250 appearances and scoring 19 goals. The highlight of his time at Adams Park was the FA Cup run of 2000/1 where he scored five goals, including crucial strikes against Millwall, Grimsby, Wimbledon and Leicester City. His 120th minute equaliser in the 5th Round replay with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park came 16 years ago to the day that the tragic news was revealed. The former trainee with Brighton & Hove Albion made more just over 200 appearances for the South Coast side before a summer 1996 move to Wanderers for a £100,000 fee. After his release from Wycombe in the summer of 2003 'Macca' joined Oxford United where he spent a season before time with Hornchurch and then Gravesend & Northfleet. He progressed to Club Captain with Gravesend during the time they became Ebbsfleet and lifted the FA Trophy with the Kent side in May 2008. He is survived by his wife and four children. Condolences to his family and friends.
Paul McCarthy - player profile
WYCOMBE 1 CARLISLE 2
(Saturday 18th February 2017)
Wanderers' poor run of results continued with a 2-1 home loss to 3rd placed Carlisle United. It's now six defeats in the last seven games in all competitions but Wycombe were left kicking themselves for not earning at least a draw against The Cumbrians. Adebayo Akinfenwa gave Wycombe a dream start when he headed home an Anthony Stewart cross from the left on 2 minutes but two soft strikes before the break gifted all three points to United. First on 9 minutes Jamie Procter was left unmarked just outside of the box and his shot crept inside the left-hand upright to level the scores. Wycombe responded with a spell of encouraging play but contrived to concede again on 34 minutes when a hopeful punt forward from the visitors wasn't dealt with by Will De Havilland and the ball ran on to Reggie Lambe who got the vital touch to steer the ball home ahead of Anthony Stewart and Jamal Blackman. The closest Wanderers came to levelling was a second-half header from Akinfenwa that struck the right-hand upright of the Valley End goal. Wanderers fall to 9th spot in the table, still a point off the play-zone and play their game in hand at Colchester on Tuesday evening (21st February). Attendance v Carlisle: 3,858 (354 away).
Wycombe 1 Carlisle 2 - stats and reaction to follow
CREWE 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 14th February 2017)
Wanderers lost in controversial fashion at Crewe Alexandra, a late penalty call going against Gareth Ainsworth's side and incensing both the Wycombe boss and the accused Sido Jombati. The Wycombe defender was adjudged to have fouled George Ray in the 87th minute by referee Michael Salisbury - James Jones grateful to fire home the resulting spot-kick to secure a 2-1 victory for the home side. After the previous Saturday's 3-0 reverse at Stevenage, Ainsworth made just one change to the starting XI - loanee Alex Jakubiak getting his first start in place of Sam Saunders who dropped to the bench. But there was bad news and misfortune again for Wanderers after just 11 minutes when Chris Dagnall's strike from an angle was pushed onto the underside of the crossbar by Jamal Blackman but the ball was judged to have cross the line following a brief discussion between referee Salisbury and his Assistant. Wycombe had a decent spell before the break but the half-time loss of Aaron Pierre through injury, followed by Scott Kashket also being withdrawn due to injury, were a blow to Wanderers' chances. However, it was Wycombe who kicked on again and equalised on 75 minutes when Adebayo Akinfenwa swivelled in the box before firing home and levelling the scores. Wanderers then looked the side with more desire to seek victory before disaster struck three minutes from time when Jombati's clumsy challenge proved costly. Attendance v Crewe: 2,896 (169 away).
Crewe 2 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction to follow
STEVENAGE 3 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 11th February 2017)
Wanderers suffered their biggest reverse for five months and failed to score in a game for this first time in 24 games as they lost 3-0 at in form Stevenage. In a performance described after the game by Gareth Ainsworth as 'not good enough', Wanderers found themselves behind in the 25th minute when the Wycombe defence failed to deal with a cross in from the left - Steven Schumacher getting the vital flick header past Blackman from a yard out. With Wycombe struggling to create any clear cut chances, the home side doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time when Dominic Gape conceded a penalty after clipping Tom Pett on the left corner of the Stevenage box. Matt Godden sent Blackman the wrong way from the spot. Stevenage's third goal on 49 minutes summed up Wycombe's day and in particular Gape's. Blackman rolled the ball out to the former Southampton man but he failed to control and was eventually caught in possession by Pett who ran into the box before cooly taking the ball around Blackman and making the score 3-0. The result meant that Wycombe dropped to 8th place on 46 points. Attendance v Stevenage: 2,602 (658 away).
Stevenage 3 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
COVENTRY 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 7th February 2017)
Wanderers missed out on a trip to Wembley after going down 2-1 to Coventry City in the Football League Trophy at The Ricoh Arena on Tuesday evening. Slack defending, plus a slice of mis-fortune had gifted the home side a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes but the introduction of Adebayo Akinfenwa at the break saw 'The Beast' reduce the deficit to 2-1 on 55 minutes. However, despite top scorer Scott Kashket also entering the action just before the hour mark and Wanderers enjoying the majority of possession, City held out for their first Wembley appearance in 30 years. Team news had seen Gareth Ainsworth make six changes to the side that had beaten Portsmouth the previous Saturday and his rotated line-up had the brighter start of the two sides. However, it was City who took the lead in the 11th minute when they were allowed to play the ball in from the right wing before former Wanderers forward Stuart Beavon saw his low angled shot take a heavy deflection off the outstretched leg of Will De Havilland and beat Jamal Blackman. Their lead was doubled on 19 minutes when a ball from the left of midfield by Kyel Reid to the far side of the penalty area, saw George Thomas given too much space by Joe Jacobson, and the City striker smashed past Blackman to make it 2-0. Those goals seemed to knock Wanderers' early confidence and on a pitch suffering badly from the familiar effects of rugby, chances were few and far between. Myles Weston left footed shot over the cross bar from not much more than six yards on 43 minutes seemed to sum up the half for Wycombe. Akinfenwa's goal on 55 minutes came when he chested down a ball into the box, turned and hammered the ball high into the roof of the net from around 12 yards. Kashket's appearance a few minutes later gave more hope for Wanderers but it was not to be and it's now back to the challenge of promotion, starting with the trip to Stevenage on Saturday. Attendance v Coventry: 11,672 (600 away approx)..
WANDERERS' WEMBLEY AIM
(Tuesday 7th February 2017)
Wanderers travelled to Coventry City on Tuesday evening (7th February) in the Semi-Final of The Football League, with the attraction of a Wembley final for the winners. The two sides went into the tie on the back of almost mirror-image runs of form. Since losing to Coventry in the group stages of the compeition back on 9th November, Wanderers have lost just two out of 19 games in all competitions. Meanwhile, City have dropped to the bottom of 'League One' following a run of just three wins in 18. The attraction of City reaching Wembley for the first time since 1987 has seen close to 10,000 advance tickets sold.
WYCOMBE 1 PORTSMOUTH 0
(Saturday 4th February 2017)
Wanderers beat Portsmouth for the first time ever in the Football League after Scott Kashket's deflected shot on 48 minutes proved to be the only goal of tense, high paced encounter. Victory came after Gareth Ainsworth reverted back to the starting XI that had suffered defeat at Spurs in the FA Cup the previous Saturday, thus making seven changes from the line-up that had lost 4-2 in the week at in-form Exeter City. The winning goal came after half-time substitute Sam Saunders had held the ball up in midfield before spreading play left to Joe Jacobson who then centred to Kashket whose shot from the edge of the box took a decisive deflection off a Pompey defender, leaving 'keeper David Forde wrong-footed. There was blow for Wanderers on the hour mark when Aaron Pierre was forced off injury but replacement Will De Havilland provided admiral cover as Wycombe survived over eight minutes of added time to run out victors and leap-frog the visitors into 6th spot in the table. Wanderers now travel to Coventry City on Tuesday evening in the Semi-Final of the Football League Trophy (kick-off 7.30pm), with the winners earning a place in the Final at Wembley on Sunday 2nd April. Attendance v Portsmouth: 6,028 (1,800 away).
Wycombe 1 Portsmouth 0 - stats and reaction to follow
EXETER 4 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 31st January 2017)
Wanderers' 12 game unbeaten run in the League came to an end at Exeter City on Tuesday evening. The 4-2 defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made seven changes to the starting XI that had bowed out of the FA Cup at Spurs the previous Saturday - the changes included a League debut for Max Muller, while new loan signing Alex Jakubiak was named on the bench. The home side, also on an impressive run of League results, took the lead on 19 minutes through David Wheeler but Garry Thompson equalised for Wanderers on 38 minutes when he smashed home at the far post from Sam Saunders corner. But it was two goals in two second-half minutes that proved crucial - first Brown converted from close range on 65 minutes, then former Wanderer Joel Grant netted from similar range. A 90th minute debut goal from Jakubiak from an Aaron Pierre assist looked to have set up a tense finish for the home side but a slip by Muller in defence in stoppage time let in Ollie Watkins to seal the victory for The Grecians. Wycombe drop to 7th in the table ahead of the visit of 6th placed Portsmouth on Saturday. Attendance v Exeter: 3,656 (148 away).
Exeter 4 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
PCH SIGNS AGAIN
(Tuesday 31st January 2017)
Media reports on Tuesday (31st January) suggest that Paris Cowan-Hall has signed a permanent deal with Wanderers following his from Millwall. The midfielder originally left Wycombe in December 2014 for The New Den but returned on loan at Adams Park in January 2016. However, after scoring twice in five appearances, he missed the remainder of the season through injury. He then returned to Wanderers in the summer of 2016 for a second loan spell from Millwall in a deal running until 31st January 2017. A deal running until June 2019 was subsequently confirmed by the Club on 2 February.
Paris Cowan-Hall - player profile
WATFORD STRIKER ON LOAN
(Monday 30th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Monday the loan signing of Watford striker Alex Jakubiak on a deal until the end of the season. The 20 year old has been tracked by Gareth Ainsworth during his U21 displays for The Hornets, plus previous loan spells at Dagenham (4 goals in 23 apps), Oxford United (1 goal in 9) and Fleetwood (no goals in 3). He is set to feature in Wanderers League fixture at Exeter City on Tuesday evening but is cup-tied for the Football League Trophy having played for Fleetwood earlier in the compeition. His only First Team appearance for Watford was a start against Hudderfield Town on the final day of the 2013/14 season when he was aged just 17.
SPURS 4 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 28th January 2017)
It was heartbreak for Wanderers at White Hart Lane, as Premiership Tottenham Hotspur snatched a 'stoppage-time plus' winner after Wycombe had led 3-2 with a minute of normal time remaining. Other than the obvious immense pride for Gareth Ainsworth's side, relecting on this result less than a day after the game, it's a case of being, more or less, lost for words. I'm sure words will come but in the meantime, see the link below for a set of Fans Eye photos from the memorable day in North London.
Fans Eye - Break Hart Lane -Story in Pictures
WYCOMBE v SPURS MEMORIES
(Friday 27th January 2017)
Prior to Wanderers' meeting with Spurs at White Hart Lane in the 4th Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 28th January 2017, the two sides had never previously met at First Team level. However, there has been a smattering of friendly meetings over the years, the first stretching back to October 1895. In a special feature, we take a look back at all the previous meetings.
Wycombe v Spurs - past meetings - special feature
4th ROUND MEMORIES
(Friday 27th January 2017)
Wanderers' appearance in the FA Cup 4th Round on Saturday (28th January 2017) will be only the second occasion that Wycombe have progressed that far in the competition. The debut came in the famous 2000/1 run to the Semi-Final - an unforgetable home tie with Wolves, won by Wanderers by a late goal from Sam Parkin in front of a capacity crowd at Adams Park.
Wycombe v Wolves - 4th Round Retro - January 2001
McGINN DEPARTS
(Wednesday 25th January 2017)
The Club have confirmed that midfielder Stephen McGinn has left the club 'after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent'. Joining the Club in August 2015, the Scotsman debuted in the 1-0 home defeat to Fulham in the League Cup on 11 August 2015 and scored his first goal was the winner against Exeter in League Two on 13 February 2016. However, his First Team opportunities have been limited, playing his final game for Wanderers in the FLT tie at Millwall on 7 December 2016. His career stats with Wycombe were 40 appearances and 2 goals.
INTO FLT LAST FOUR
(Tuesday 24th January 2017)
Wanderers came from 1-0 down with just over 15 minutes remaining to beat Mansfield Town 2-1 and reach the last four of the Football League Trophy for only the second-time and for the first time since 1994. A Wycombe starting XI with six changes from the side that had drew with Luton the previous weekend fell behind to 34th minute penalty converted by Green after Joe Jacobson had handled. A key moment in the tie came with a double substitution by Gareth Ainsworth, Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa being introduced on 66 minutes for Paris Cowan-Hall and Garry Thompson. It took Kashket seven minutes to add to his goal tally when he snapped up a shot spilled by the Mansfield 'keeper. The winner came on 81 minute when Akinfenwa turned and shot home inside the box. Jamal Blackman made a late save to ensure Wanderers went into the Semi-Final draw where they were subsequently drawn away to Leagone strugglers Coventry City, in a tie set for Tuesday 7th February. Attendance v Mansfield: 2,047 (108 away)
Mansfield 1 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
LEAGUE CUP 10 YEAR RETRO
(Monday 23rd January 2017)
COTN's 10th anniversary look back at Wanderers' memorable run to the Semi-Final of the Football League Cup during the 2006/7 season concludes with a look back at the 2nd Leg tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 23rd January 2007. After a 1-1 draw at Adams Park two weeks previous, it took a near full strength Chelsea line-up to finally end the fairy-tale cup run.
Chelsea 0 Wycombe 4 - League Cup 10 year retro
WYCOMBE 1 LUTON 1
(Saturday 21st January 2017)
An 82nd equaliser from Adebayo Akinfenwa maintained Wanderers unbeaten run as they drew 1-1 with Luton Town at Adams Park. The visitors had taken a 56th lead via a headed goal from Hatters Captain Scott Cuthbert but Wanderers hit back following a double substitution, coupled with a sending-off for Town's Johnny Mullins. Scott Kashket and new signing Sam Saunders were introduced on 66 minutes for the out of sorts Paris Cowan-Hall and Paul Hayes. On 73 minutes goal-machine Kashket came within a few inches of adding to his tally of goals, while Mullins lunge on Kashket a couple of minutes later saw referee Mark Heywood produce a red-card and take Luton's total for the season to eight. With Wycombe continuing the press, it was the now familiar combination of a Joe Jacobson cross from the left and a Akinfenwa header, that drew the scores level and keep Wanderers in 5th spot and a point ahead of The Hatters in the table. Wycombe now take a break from League action with the midweek visit to Mansfield Town in the quarter-final of the Football League Trophy followed by the FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Attendance v Luton: 5,387 (1,800 away).
Wycombe 1 Luton 1 - stats and reaction to follow
SAM SAUNDERS BACK AT AP
(Friday 20th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Friday they had signed Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders on a free transfer. Saunders, who scored two goals in 14 games for Wycombe during the second-half of the 2014/2015 campaign, has signed a deal until June 2018. The 33-year-old made 206 appearances for Brentford after joining from Dagenham and Redbridge in July 2009. Having not played for Brentford in either the Football League Trophy or FA Cup this season, he is not 'cup-tied' for either of Wanderers' up and coming cup ties with Mansfield and Tottenham.
FINAL DAY 5.30pm KO
(Wednesday 18th January 2017)
The Football League confirmed on Wednesday (18th January) that all 'League Two' fixtures on the final day of the regular season (Saturday 6th May 2017) will kick-off at 5.30pm in order to tie in with live coverage on Sky Sports. A statement from the League included the following spin, "The change means more and more football fans up and down the country will now be able to see the season finale and witness first-hand the contribution League Two clubs have made to another fantastic campaign in the [Football League]." Wanderers entertain Cambridge United on the final day.
WYCOMBE 1 YEOVIL 1
(Saturday 14th January 2017)
In a game of two penalties, Wanderers had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town at Adams Park. Sido Jombati's trip on Francois Zoko on 20 minutes saw Kevin Dawson send Jamal Blackman the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick. However, six minutes later Wycombe were level after Alex Lacey took Paris Cowan-Hall's legs away on the left side of the Yeovil box and Joe Jacobson did a similar job as Dawson from the spot. Despite the draw, Wanderers remain 5th in the table, with 42 points, five points off third placed Carlisle, with a game in hand. Wycombe take on 6th place Luton Town at home next Saturday (21st Janaury). Attendance v Yeovil: 3,439 (239 away).
Wycombe 1 Yeovil 1 - stats and reaction to follow
SPURS TICKET PRIORITY
(Saturday 14th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Friday the ticket sales priority for the FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday 28th January 2017. Tickets will be sold across four phases. 1st: Season Ticket Holders (one each) - 2nd: STH plus '500 Club members' and 'Half-Season' Ticket holders (one each) - 3rd: 1st and 2nd phase plus 'Share Scheme' investors (two each) - this phase allows tickets to be bought for guests who do not have the necessary eligibilty in the 1st and 2nd phases. 4th: General sale (limited to four per person. The Club have received criticism from some supporters for reneging on the current Club Charter which states priority will be given to 'Those who, as determined by bookings on the WWFC ticket database, have attended the highest number of home matches for the current season', rather than '500 Club' or 'Share Scheme' members.
MONTY SEYMOUR R.I.P.
(Friday 13th January 2017)
The sad news arrived on Friday afternoon (13th January) of the passing of Club President Monty Seymour at the age of 102. Monty took up the Club President role in 1966, enjoying more than 50 years as an official of the Club. In 2016, the former Centre Spot/Scores bar at Adams Park was renamed 'Monty's' in his honour. The Club will announce funeral details when available. Thoughts with his family and friends at this sad time.
MULLER SIGNS NEW DEAL
(Thursday 12th January 2017)
Gareth Ainsworth has rewarded Max Muller with a new contract running until June 2018. The 22 year old was signed after impressing for Wanderers in a pre-season friendly in France. However, a hamstring injury ruled him out of action until he was given his official First Team debut in the Football League Trophy tie at Millwall in December 2016. This is his first stint in British football having previosuly played at SV Sandhausen in Germany and Salzburg in Austria.
NO LIVE TV FOR WYCOMBE
(Thursday 12th January 2017)
The Club announced on Thursday evening that their FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane had NOT been selected for live TV coverage in the UK and would therefore go ahead on Saturday 28th January 2017 with a 3pm kick-off. Wanderers fans have been allocated 4,035 tickets in the reduced 32,000 capacity stadium of the Premiership side - prices were announced as follows: Full Season Ticket Holders - Adults: £20, Seniors (65+): £10: Juniors (U18): £5 - All Other Supporters - Adults: £25, Seniors (65+): £10, Juniors (U18): £5. Priority and selling arrangements were expected to be confirmed on Friday. Wanderers' Club Charter confirms that current Season Ticket Holders (approx 2,000) get priority for Cup ties.
INTO FLT Q-FINALS
(Tuesday 10th January 2017)
Wanderers progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy following a 5-4 penalty-shoot out victory at Blackpool. The victory, in front of just a few hundred spectators, brought in £40,000 of sponsorship money to the Wanderers and came after the tie ended 1-1 after the regular 90 minutes. The home side had taken the lead on 9 minutes when Kelvin Mellor headed in at the far post from Mark Yeates’ corner. However, Wanderers always looked likely to equalise and were rewarded in the 77th minute when Anthony Stewart smashed the ball home after The Tangerines failed to deal with a Joe Jacobson corner. The tie went straight to penalties after 90 minutes and Wanderers converted all five of their spot kicks through Jacobson, O'Nein, De Havilland, Akinfenwa and Thompson, before Jamal Blackman tipped Will Aimson’s effort onto the post and set-up a last eight meeting away to Mansfield Town on Tuesday 24th January 2016 (7.45pm KO). £50,000 will be up for grabs for winners in the Quarter-Finals. Attendance v Blackpool: 766 (53 away)
Blackpool 1 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction to follow
LEAGUE CUP 10 YEAR RETRO
(Tuesday 10th January 2017)
COTN's 10th anniversary look back at Wanderers' memorable run to the Semi-Final of the Football League Cup during the 2006/7 season reaches the 1st Leg tie with Chelsea at Adams Park on Wednesday 10th January 2007. Very few gave Wycombe a chance against the reigning Premier League Champions but Paul Lambert's side had other ideas on a never to be forgotten evening.
Wycombe 1 Chelsea 1 - League Cup 10 year retro
WYCOMBE TRAVEL TO SPURS
(Monday 9th January 2017)
Wanderers will travel to Premiership Tottenham Hotspur in the 4th Round of the FA Cup following the draw made on Monday evening. The tie will be played on the weekend of Saturday 28th January 2017, with every chance the game will be switched to cater for live TV on either BBC or BT Sport. Broadcasting rights for live TV coverage in the 4th Round is set at £144,000 per club for the initial tie and £72,000 for replays. One live game will be shown on Friday, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Lives games are unlikely to be selected for Monday (30th January) due to a full programme of Premier League matches taking place the following Tuesday and Wednesday. Clubs also share 45% of gate receipts after expenses. Wanderers have never met Spurs in a competitive fixture before and the tie will take place in the final season that the North London side will play at White Hart Lane before major redevelopment of the 100 year old ground in N17.
Wanderers full record in the FA Cup Proper
WYCOMBE 2 STOURBRIDGE 1
(Saturday 7th January 2017)
Wanderers made it through to the 4th Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history after a late goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa saw them overcome a stubborn Stourbridge side 2-1 at Adams Park. Wanderers picked-up £67,500 following their victory over the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition. The draw for the 4th round will be shown live on BBC2 on Monday evening shortly after 7pm.
Wycombe 2 Stourbridge 1 - report,stats,reaction,pics
GAPE SIGNS 2 1/2 YR DEAL
(Saturday 7th January 2017)
The Club confirmed in the hours leading up to the Stourbridge FA Cup tie, that midfielder Dominic Gape had signed a permanent deal with Wanderers running until June 2019. Now 22 years old, Gape had signed on loan from Premier League Southampton on deadline day in August 2016 and made 20 appearances before the deal ended on 3rd January 2017. With news of Danny Rowe's return to Barrow on loan revealed the previous day, many were expecting Gape's loan deal to be extended to the end of the season but a permanent deal will come as a bonus. Commenting on the free transfer, Gareth Ainsworth said: "This is a significant piece of business for us, not just bringing Dom back to the club but getting him on our books as a Wycombe Wanderers player."
ROWE RETURNS TO BARROW
(Friday 6th January 2017)
Wanderers defender/midfielder Danny Rowe has rejoined Conference National side Barrow on loan for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. The news had not been confirmed by the Wanderers as of the end of business on Friday (6th January 2017) but had been revealed earlier in the day by the official website of 'The National League'. Now 21, Rowe signed a three year deal with Wanderers in June 2015 and had commanded a regular spot in the side before seemingly dropping out of favour at the end of October 2016.
WYCOMBE 2 NEWPORT 1
(Monday 2nd January 2017)
Wanderers came from behind to win a League game for the first time since December 2014 as the fended off bottom club Newport County at Adams Park on Holiday Monday. Wycombe dominated proceedings but found themselves behind on the hour mark when a defensive calamity from Aarom Pierre let in Mark Randall to knock the ball past Scott Brown from the edge of the box. A triple substitution on 69 minutes that saw the introduction of Paris Cowan-Hall, Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa sparked an immediate equaliser. With a minute Joe Jacobson had swung a free-kick in from the left of midfield for Akinfenwa to head back across the penalty area for Sam Wood to scissor kick into the right corner of the Valley End net. The winning goal on 80 minutes left County stunned when Cowan-Hall received the ball some 35 yards from goal on the right of midfield. With County 'keeper Joe Day standing just in front of the his six yard box, the Millwall loanee lofted a dipping shot goalwards that Day could only watch sail over his head an into the net. A 8th win in nine games for Wanderers lifts Gareth Ainsworth side to 5th spot in the table and just five points behind the automatic promotion spots, currently held by Doncaster, Plymouth and Carlisle. For County, Managed by former Wanderer Graham Westley, defeat at Adams Park means they have lost seven in a row. Attendance v Newport: 4,288 (220 away) - 2nd highest League gate of season.
Wycombe 2 Newport 1 - stats and reaction to follow
BLACKMAN LOAN EXTENDED
(Sunday 1st January 2017)
Chelsea 'keeper Jamal Blackman has had his loan extended at Wycombe until the end of the 2016/17 campaign. The 23 year old had kept 11 clean sheets in the 25 appearances he had made since joining in August 2016 following injury to first choice Scott Brown. Gareth Ainsworth commented: "He has been first class for us and he has real quality which is well above League Two level, so it’s fantastic for us to be able to keep him for the rest of the season. He commands his area superbly, his distribution is outstanding and he’s made some saves which are out of this world to help us pick up some valuable points. I’d like to think we do things right here when it comes to developing young players and Jamal is another example of someone who’s come in, worked hard and improved his game with us." The news came just days after Blackman was ruled out of the League Two game at Cheltenham due to injury - Scott Brown, returning from a loan spell with Eastleigh, to play against his former Club. It's also being reported that Brown will rejoin Cheltenham on loan once Blackman has returned to action for Wanderers.

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