Avon Insurance Combination - click here for fixture listing 2001/2002 Wycombe Wanderers 4
Millwall 1
Thursday 18th April 2002
Damian Spencer - hat-trick against Millwall Wanderers' Reserves finished their 2001/2 campaign on a high with a 4-1 victory over Millwall at Adams Park. Wanderers fielded five triallists but it was 6' Bristol City striker Damian Spencer who caught the eye with a smash and grab hat-trick. The 21 year old scored three and could have had more. Spencer first impressed Lawrie Sanchez when he scored his first and so far only senior League goal while playing for City against Wycombe back in a Division Two fixture at Adams Park in April 2000. However, the Ascot born player has failed to make it into the City side this season and could be looking for a new challenge at another club despite being under contract with City.
The other triallists were right back Scott Hensall (25 year old Australian), left back Sam Sloma (19 year old from Wimbledon), diminutive striker Kevin Charley (from Atherstone) and Vinnie John (26 year old six foot striker from Bishops Stortford but previously at Grays, Dagenham, Romford and originally at Wimbledon).
Damian Spencer thanks Kevin Charley after his second goal - Vinnie John  is the other player in shotMillwall fielded a fairly inexperienced side and Wanderers took the lead in the 5th minute when Stuart Roberts delivered a corner from left and Ian Simpemba was lurking at the back edge of the penalty area to head home. Wycombe continued to dominate and made it 2-0 on 25 minutes when Paul Emblen, in most likely his last game in a Wycombe shirt, swung the ball in from the right for Spencer to send a powerful header past Paul Murphy in The Lions goal. Three minutes later it was 3-0 when Jones clipped the ball down the right wing for Spencer to run onto and clip the ball over the advancing Murphy.
Stewart Castledine should have done better with a close range header before the break and Spencer will have been disappointed not to have completed a first half hat-trick when he blasted over from around eight yards.
Damian Spencer completes his hat-trickThe visitors struck the woodwork on 58 minutes as they enjoyed a brief spell of pressure but Spencer completed his hat-trick on 74 minutes when he latched onto another through-ball before pushing the ball past Murphy from six yards. Millwall scored a consolation goal direct from the re-start when Kevin Braniff was allowed too much space on the left before he slotted the ball under Mark Osborn in the Wycombe goal.
Final Score Wycombe 4 Millwall 1
Wycombe: Osborn, Henshall, Sloma, Townsend, Simpemba, Roberts, Castledine, John, Spencer, Charley, Emblen - subs not used: Dixon, Lynott, Parsons, Smillie, Cook
Reporting for Chairboys on the Net from The Adams Park was Paul Lewis
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