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Wrexham 2
Saturday 18th August 2001
Football League Division Two
Simo - great goal against Wrexham Wycombe went goal crazy against Wrexham on Saturday afternoon. Strikes from Dannie Bulman, Michael Simpson, Paul Emblen plus a header from Paul McCarthy had The Wanderers leading 4-0 inside the opening thirty minutes. Steve Brown added another after the break before Craig Faulconbridge and a stoppage time goal from Martyn Chalk gave the Welsh side a small slice of consolation.
Few would have predicted such a score after seeing Darren Ferguson force Martin Taylor into a full length save after nine minutes. Three minutes later Dannie Bulman went close with a 20 yarder before the goal riot commenced. A fifteenth minute free-kick from Jason Cousins was held up by Andy Rammell and while 'Rambo' was claiming foulplay, Bulman lashed the ball home from just outside the Wrexham penalty area.
Three minute later it was 2-0 when Simpson broke from midfield before sending a dipping shot over a stunned Kristian Rogers in the Wrexham goal. Surprise starter Paul Emblen added a third in the 23rd minute when he tucked in a Steve Brown corner at the far post. The goal avalanche at The Valley End was completed in the 29th minute when Darren Currie delivered a corner from the left and McCarthy thundered in at the near post to head home through a huddle of players. 'Macca' enjoyed that one but he was forced off minutes later with what was later revealed as a back problem - it's hoped he'll be back for the midweek cup game with Bristol Rovers.
Half-time Wycombe 4 Wrexham 0
To there credit Wrexham kept plugging away but after hitting the crossbar moments before half-time they were caught out again on the hour mark. Currie laid a free-kick off to Steve Brown and just as some people were wondering whether he would clear the new away-end, he flashed the ball low into the right corner of the Wrexham net.
Wrexham got their first consolation goal three minute later when Craig Faulconbridge connected with a corner from the Wrexham left. Chris Vinnicombe, sporting a head bandage after a clash of heads with David Warren, did well to clear off the line in the 68th minute but there was never a chance of Wrexham getting back into the game.
It was three minutes into stoppage time when substitute Martyn Chalk scored a second for the visitors with a long range strike but it was 'game over' long before that.
Mark Rogers twisted an ankle late in the game on the same leg that he injured last season. Let's hope that it's not serious.
Wycombe are back up to 8th in the table after this highly enjoyable victory and with five different goalscorers it was a massive bonus for a normally goal shy Wanderers and their fans.
Final Score Wycombe 5 Wrexham 2
Wycombe: Taylor, Cousins, Vinnicombe, McCarthy (sub 38 Marsh), Rogers, Simpson, Brown, Bulman, Currie, Emblen (sub 61 McSporran), Rammell (sub 74 Ryan)
subs not used: Senda, Carroll
Yellow Cards: Emblen (foul 14), Cousins (foul 21), Marsh (foul 77)
Wrexham: Rogers, Warren, Carey, Lawrence, Holmes, Edwards (sub 63 Blackwood), Phillips (sub 57 Chalk), Ferguson, Thomas, Faulconbridge, Morrell (sub 67 Sam)
subs not used: Roberts, Walsh
Yellow Cards: Warren (foul 66), Ferguson (dissent 77)
Referee: Mark Warren (West Midlands) Attendance: 5425 (Wrexham 316)
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