Basingstoke Town 1
Wycombe Wanderers 3
Tuesday 18th July 2006

Ian Stonebridge - a goal and assist for Wanderers at Basingstoke Wanderers came from behind to beat Basingstoke and make it two wins out of two for new boss Paul Lambert. Goals from Stefan Oakes, Ian Stonebridge and Jonny Dixon turned it around after Wycombe fell behind to a shock third minute opener from their non-League hosts.

Lambert used 22 players on a balmy evening in Hampshire including new signings Sam Stockley at right back and Chris Palmer at left back. He also paraded three triallists with ex-Torquay centre half James Sharp and Hibernian midfielder Antonio Murray being invited back following their performances in the 2-0 win at Woking the previous Saturday, alongside a new face in released Bournernouth centre half Jason Tindall. Former Wanderers Steve Guppy also played for 45 minutes as he bids to earn a third spell at Adams Park.

In a sweltering 26 degrees, Wanderers conceeded after Sergio Torres, back at his former club, miscued a clearance straight up into the air from a Basingstoke corner. Keeper Steve Williams flapped at it among a cluster of his own players and when the ball came down, James Taylor tucked it into the Wycombe net.

Wycombe levelled on 12 minutes when Russell Martin's corner was collected on the far edge of the box by Stefan Oakes who drilled it magnificently into the back of the net. Youngster James Faulkner blazed wide just before the break following the best move of the match. Torres' backheel set Martin bursting through the middle and the former Brighton youngster feed Faulkner, but the opportunity went begging.

Lambert changed the entire starting XI at the break, including a debut for new signing Stockley. The news look Wanderers were ahead on 50 minutes when Stonebridge latched onto a weak back-header from Justyn McKay. Stonebridge juggled the ball over the advancing Mark Davidson in the home goal before tucking the ball into the empty net. Stonebridge was then instrumental in Wycombe's third on the hour mark. Down on the touchllne, he delightfully back heeled a bouncing ball into the path of Kevin Betsy. The winger ran at the defence before looking up to pick out Dixon who was advancing on the far side towards the box. Dixon took the ball in his stride before, cool-as-you-like, slipping the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Final Score - Basingstoke 1 Wycombe 3
Wycombe (1st half): Talia. Christon, Cadmore, Sharp, Williamson, Martin, Oakes, Guppy, Torres, Mooney, Faulkner
Wycombe (2nd half): Talia, Palmer, Stockley. Antwi, Tindall, Murray, Bloomfield, Betsy, Gregory (sub 70 Anya), Stonebridge, Dixon
Scorers: Oakes (12), Stonebridge (49), Dixon (60)
Basingstoke: Searle, Ottley, Olayinka, Bristow, Dolan, Bruce, Ray, Surey, Taylor, Peters, Warner - subs used: Davidson (GK), Ottley, Quarm, Roach, Kirkwood, McKay, Smallpiece (GK), Kern, Watkins, Latwana
Scorers: Taylor (4)
Referee:? Attendance: 372
Commenting after the game, Paul Lambert said, "Winning is a habit. It is never easy regardless of the opposition. You don't have divine right to turn up and win because you are a couple of leagues higher. You come up against guys in these games who are as honest as the day is long and they won't let you do what you want to do with the ball. These matches are good tests for us. They are tough and I am delighted with the way we have come through. We are getting good fitness and I'm delighted with everyone's enthusiasm." He added: "The two new signings have settled in well. They looked as though they have been here all their careers."

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