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Tuesday 21st August 2001
Worthington Cup 1st Round
Darren Currie - outstanding again Wycombe crashed out of the Worthington Cup at the first hurdle - going down 1-0 to Bristol Rovers under the upgraded Adams park floodlights. David Hiller's smash and grab effort in the 67th minute was enough for Rovers to win a tie where Wanderers had most of the possession.
There was good news before the game when Saturday's injury victim's, Paul McCarthy and Mark Rogers, were both included in an unchanged Wanderers line-up. However, an early clash in the Wycombe penalty area left Jason Cousins nursing a facial injury and he was replaced shortly afterwards by Chris Marsh. The ex-Walsall man had one of his better games for the Wanderers but it was the Darren Currie who was once again the outstanding player for Wycombe.
However, despite all the ground work Rovers 'keeper Scott Howie was rarely called upon to clear his lines. He saw a 27th minute header from Andy Rammell flash past the post after Paul Emblen had delivered from the left and seven minutes before the break Currie saw an effort go wide from 20 yards after a delightful move down the right flank involving Marsh.
Half-time 0-0
Wycombe had further chances in the opening fifteen minutes of the second-half. First Emblen fired over the bar from a narrow angle on the right from Rammell's knock down and then Currie couldn't quite finish from a similar angle.
The winning goal came after Marsh lost possession on the Rovers left and as the ball was exchanged wings, David Hillier was lurking at Martin Taylor's right hand post to thump the ball into the Valley End net from Andy Thomson's pass.
Keith Ryan and Jermaine McSporran were introduced to try and provide that final touch in front of goal but it was left to Chris Vinnicombe to come closest to equalising when his 80th minute dribble ended with Howie gathering. Currie went close again in stoppage time and it's only a matter of time before an inferior defence is destroyed by the ex-Barnet star.
Final Score Wycombe 0 Bristol Rovers 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Cousins (sub 18 Marsh), Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Rogers, Simpson, Brown (sub 69 McSporran), Bulman, Currie, Emblen, Rammell (sub 64 Ryan)
subs not used: Carroll, Osborn
Yellow Cards: none
Bristol Rovers: Howie, Foster, Thomson, Trought, Wilson, Jones, Mauge, Hillier, Ellington, Gall, Weare (sub 70 Cameron)
subs not used: Clarke, Gilroy, Foran, Pritchard
Yellow Cards: Gall (foul 32), Wilson (foul 73)
Referee: Richard Beeby (Northampton) Attendance: 3,166 (477 Rovers)
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