Wycombe Wanderers 1
Grimsby Town 1
Saturday 18th November 2006
Football League Two

Scott Golbourne marked his farewell loan appearance for Wanderers with a solo equaliser as Paul Lambert's side were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Grimsby Town at Adams Park. The 18 year old who returns to Reading after the end of his three month spell with Wanderers, netted in the 77th minute after picking up the ball at the half-way and then skipping past two defenders before firing home. The visitors had taken a shock lead five minutes earlier through Gary Jones.

But it was female Assitant Referee Amy Rayner that took much of the media attention on the day. She had been at the centre of a Ďwomen in footballí storm the previous week following an outburst by Luton boss Mike Newell who claimed women should not be in professional football. She was followed by a Sky TV crew on her day at Adams Park, while journalists from national newspapers also monitored her every move. Wycombe had no arguments about her or any of the officials but visitors Grimsby were unhappy when a last minute challenge by Golbourne on Town substitute Peter Bore did not result in a penalty.

Wanderers went into the match missing suspended midfielders Russell Martin and Anthony Grant, while Tommy Doherty returned after his four match ban. Best chances of the day for Wycombe came early on. Kevin Betsy should have done better from a Stefan Oakes cross, while Jermaine Easter headed just wide after good work from Sam Stockley and Tommy Mooney. At the other end, Nick Hegarty and Danny Boshell both shot wide when in good positions.

The opening goal on 72 minutes came after Stockley let Hegarty have too much room, who then squared the ball along the six yard box for Jones to net. Wycombe were grateful for Golbourne's equaliser five minutes later and the tide looked to have turned in Wanderers favour on 80 minutes when Tom Newey was red carded for pulling back Easter as he ran at goal. But Grimsby finished the game strongly and there was a nervous look at the officials in the final minute after Bore grumbled under the challenge of Golbourne.

Final Score - Wycombe 1 Grimsby 1
Wycombe: Batista, Stockley, Golbourne, Antwi, Williamson, Betsy, Oakes (sub 68 Palmer), Bloomfield, Doherty, Mooney, Easter - subs not used: Young, O'Halloran, Anya, Stonebridge
Scorers: Golbourne 77
Bookings: none
Grimsby: Barnes, Croft, Whittle, Fenton, Newey, Hegarty, Boshell (sub 84 McDermott), Bolland, Harkins (sub 90 Ravenhill), North (sub 58 Bore), Jones - subs not ssed: Murray, Taylor
Scorers: Jones 72
Bookings: red card Newey 80 (denying clear goal scoring opportunity)
Referee: Mr P Taylor (Hertfordshire) Attendance: 5,037 (342 away)
Much of the post match questions from the press centered around female Assistant Referee Amy Rayner. Wycombe goalscorer Scott Golbourne said: ďI think she did well. She didnít single herself out or draw any attention to herself by making mistakes. Full credit to her, she did well. All you can ask is that the officials do their job and she did that." Meanwhile, Wycombe Manager Paul Lambert was more to the point: "She did fine. All three of the officials did OK. Iíve got more important things to talk about. Iíve got a game of football to talk about. Iím not really that bothered about the officials."

Commenting on the game, Lambert added: "I knew it was going to be a dangerous game because Grimsby had changed their manager. But I canít fault our lads for effort. We didnít play as well as we have been of late, but the good thing is that we did nít get beat. We never wilted and got a point which I am happy with."

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