September 2011 News Archive
All the news stories from September 2011
(Tuesday 27th September 2011)
There was heartbreak for Wanderers on Tuesday evening after narrowly going down 4-3 to Preston North End in another action packed encounter at Adams Park. The visitors had raced into a 2-0 lead inside the opening ten minutes but an amazing recovery from Wanderers saw Gary Waddock's side lead 3-2 by the 27th minute. The lead could have been extended during the second half but two lapses at the back cost Wanderers all three points as Iain Hume on 63 minutes and Neil Mellor nine minutes later scored to ensure a fortunate victory for the Lancashire side who are now second in the table. Team news had seen Waddock bring former Preston player Gareth Ainsworth back into the side ahead of Joel Grant while new loan signing Martin Rowlands replaced Ben Harding in midfield. However, after a bright start from the Wanderers, there was a reality check for the defence when Mellor stucked the ball in from close range in the 7th minute. Two minutes later Hume nestled the ball in the back of the Valley End net to set up a massive challenge for Wycombe. The response came in the 12th minute when Ainsworth scored from close in against his former club and within a minute the travelling support from Preston were silenced when Kadeem Harris was fouled by Conor McLaughlin to concede a penalty that Scott Donnelly duly converted with 14 minutes on the clock. The atmosphere in the home sections raised another level in the 27th minute when Stuart Beavon managed to head home from close range and put Wanderers 3-2 in front. Amazingly it could have been 4-2 during the opening stages of the second half as James Tunnicliffe and Harris both went close. However, a breakaway goal on 64 minutes that saw Hume smash home from inside the six yard box drew the scores level again and it was a similar story on 73 minutes when Mellor grabbed his brace too with another goal that the Wanderers defence will want to forget. Substitute Ben Strevens probably came closest to grabbing an equaliser when his shot was saved on 87 minutes but it was the visitors who were more keen to see the clock run down and secure what could prove to be important points in their push for promotion back to the Championship. Next game for Wanderers away to fellow strugglers Rochdale on Saturday (1st October). Wycombe: Bull, Foster, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Ainsworth (sub 69 Strevens), Donnelly, Rowlands (sub 85 Benyon), Lewis, Harris, Beavon - subs not used: Harding, Grant, McCoy - Att: 3,734 (away end 400 approx)
(Monday 26th September 2011)
Rejected Wanderers Youth Teamer Martin Rowlands has returned to the Club on loan from Queens Park Rangers for an initial three month deal. Rowlands, now 32, was released by Wanderers as an 18 year old in 1997 under the Managership of John Gregory and Richard Hill without making a First Team app but went on to clock up close to 400 senior appearances and scoring more than 60 goals during spells with Brentford and QPR, as well as earning five caps for the Republic of Ireland. At QPR he played alongside Gareth Ainsworth and Scott Donnelly but in recent times has suffered an injury hit career - making just 12 First Team apps since the start of the 2009/10 season prior to agreeing a return to Wycombe where he will also renew aquaintances with former QPR coach Gary Waddock.
(Monday 26th September 2011)
Wanderers have appointed Kelly Francis as a successor to Keith Allen as Club Secretary. Francis comes to Adams Park following a three year spell as Financial Regulation Officer for the Football Association and previous experience as a Senior Product Consultant for a software company. She has a BA in Accounting and Economics and a MSc in Sport Management and Business of Football. COTN understands that Francis took up the role officially on Monday 19th September and although no official announcement had been made as of Monday 26th September her position was indicated in the macthday programme versus Sheffield United as 'Club and Company Secretary'.
(Saturday 24th September 2011)
Wanderers ended their run of five consecutive defeats on Saturday with a memorable 1-0 victory over second placed Sheffield United at Adams Park. An exquisite finish by Stuart Beavon from the right side of the Blades penalty area and into the top left corner of the net on 31 minutes proved the only goal of a fast paced game. Wanderers defendly stoutly during the second period to seal the much needed three points - the final whistle being greeted by one of the biggest cheers for many months at Adams Park. In his 100th match in charge at Adams Park, Gary Waddock made three changes to the side that had lost at Tranmere the previous week - Stuart Beavon returning to the starting line-up and youngster Kadeem Harris given his first start in favour of Elliott Benyon and Ben Strevens. Meanwhile Club Captain Gareth Ainsworth was left out of the side, with Ben Harding stepping in. Wanderers never sat back on their lead with Harris going close to making it 2-0 a few minutes into the second half when the youngster sprinted in from the right channel. The Blades went closest with two hand on heart moments for Wanderers followers - first on 55 minutes a Ched Evans volley from 20 yards struck the crossbar, then on 68 minutes Nikki Bull made a double stop to deny Chris Porter and then Kevin McDonald. Harris was given a deserved standing ovation when he was substituted with fifteen minutes remaining and their was more noise from the Wycombe fans at the final whistle as a historic victory was completed over a side making their first ever visit to High Wycombe. Wycombe host Preston North End on Tuesday evening hoping to force another upset. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Harris (sub 76 Strevens), Lewis, Donnelly (sub 85 Bloomfield), Harding, Grant (sub 87 Halls), Beavon - subs not used: McCoy, Benyon - Att: 5,506 (away end 1,722)
(Wednesday 21st September 2011)
The Club have revealed that Kevin Betsy broke his hand during the League One clash at Yeovil on Tuesday 13th September and consequently missed the trip to Tranmere the following weekend. Official reports indicate that the midfielder will not require surgery and that a thermoplastic cast will be worn to allow Betsy to train and play while the injury heals over the next six weeks. Other injury news has seen Dave Winfield given the all-clear to commence training with a planned return to action in October.
(Tuesday 20th September 2011)
Teenagers Charles Dunne and Kadeem Harris scored as Wanderers beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in a 'behind closed doors' practice match on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting with the Football League newcomers saw Gary Waddock field an unnamed triallist, while John Halls returned to action after receiving treatment for his Achilles injury. Wanderers: Ingram, McCoy, Stewart, Triallist, Dunne, Halls (sub 75 Taylor), Scowen (sub HT Kewley-Graham), Harding, Bloomfield, Harris, Rendell
(Saturday 17th September 2011)
Wanderers' poor run of form continued on Saturday at Tranmere Rovers with a 2-0 defeat condeming Gary Waddock's side to their fifth consecutive defeat. Team news saw Gareth Ainsworth coming in for Kevin Betsy, with Stuart Beavon still missing through injury. However, any thoughts of a change of fortune for Wycombe started to fall apart in the 9th minute when Enoch Showunmi turned the ball home from close range after a free kick from Dave Raven was headed back across the face of the goal first by Ian Goodison and then Lucas Atkins. Wanderers themselves failed to create any worthwhile chances before the break and it was the same story in the second period, culminating in another goal conceeded from a set-piece on the hour mark sealing Wanderers' fate - this time a corner from the left being headed in at the near post by Ash Taylor to make the score 2-0. Waddock gambled with a change of formation following the latest set-back with Scott Rendell assisting Ainsworth up front but the switch proved fruitless and it's now back to the drawing board for Wanderers who face severe tests on home soil against current League leaders Sheffield United on Saturday (24th September) and then Preston North End on Tuesday (27th September). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Tunnicliffe, Johnson, Sandell, Ainsworth, Lewis, Donnelly, Grant (sub 62 Harding), Benyon (sub 62 Bloomfield), Strevens (sub 70 Rendell) - subs not used: Harris, McCoy - Att: 4,297 (away 150 approx)
(Friday 18th September 2011)
Wanderers have appointed Andy Ritchie as their new 'Head of Youth Coaching and Youth Team Manager'. The 47 year old will manage the Wanderers U18 side and oversee the Centre of Excellence coaching programme at Adams Park alongside First-Team assistant manager Richard Dobson, who also retains his position as Head of Youth. Berkshire born Ritchie, has coaching experience with Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Charlton Athletic and Southampton after originally starting out as a Physical Education teacher. Most recently he had worked in a part-time role as coach educator for the Football Association. He will continue this role alongside his full-time duties at Adams Park.
(Tuesday 13th September 2011)
Wanderers dropped to third from bottom in League One following a 1-0 defeat at Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening. The only goal of the game came in the 8th minute when Ed Upson smashed a 30 yarder past a stunned Nikki Bull who could only get a hand to a shot that flew into the top corner of the net. Wanderers, who fielded three changes from the side that lost the previous weekend to Brentford, struggled again create clear cut chances, with Elliot Benyon going closest in the 75th minute when his header was kept out by a brilliant save from Yeovil 'keeper Jed Steer. The team changes for Wycombe saw Danny Foster, Kevin Betsy and Elliot Benyon recalled to the starting line-up in favour of Marvin McCoy, Ben Harding and Stuart Beavon, the latter missing out due to a head injury. There was also no place in the squad for Club Captain Gareth Ainsworth who was reported to have a back problem. Upson's early goal was a blow to Wanderers who only had a Joel Grant effort that went fractionally wide to give hope to travelling 167 from Wycombe. Meanwhile, the home side saw Steve Maclean have a shot hit the top of the crossbar and Upson also grab a second before his effort was cleared from the line by Leon Johnson. With little happening for Wanderers up front, Gary Waddock changed things around in the final thirty minutes and an unlikely equaliser looked certain when Benyon headed Andy Sandell's free-kick towards the top corner but somehow Steer managed to tip the ball over. Wanderers now travel to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday aiming to end a run of four consecutive League defeats. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Betsy (sub 70 Harris), Donnelly, Lewis (sub 76 Bloomfield), Grant, Benyon, Strevens (sub 62 Rendell) - subs not used: Harding, McCoy - Att: 3,134 (away 167)
(Saturday 10th September 2011)
A penalty conceeded in the 36th minute was enough to see Wanderers defeated 1-0 at home to Brentford on Saturday. A shove by James Tunnicliffe on Clayton Donaldson as the Bees player ran across the left corner of the Wanderers penalty area was enough for referee Mr Stroud to point to the spot and Kevin O'Connor converted. The goal followed a quiet start to the match from a Wycombe side with Stuart Beavon retaining a starting place following his midweek Football League Trophy hat-trick and Captain Gareth Ainsworth dropped to the bench compared to the side that had lost at Huddersfield two weeks previous. Wanderers responsed after the goal with an improved performance but without the finishing power inside the box or the ability to make good use of a number of corners and free-kicks. The nearest Gary Waddock's side came to an equaliser came in the 64th minute when a Ben Strevens header clipped the cross bar following a Scott Donnelly free-kick delivered to the far post. Long range efforts from Donnelly, Scott Rendell and Andy Sandell all went close as Wanderers were left frustrated by a third straight League defeat ahead of Tuesday's visit to Yeovil Town. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Lewis, Donnelly, Harding (sub 67 Benyon), Grant (sub 79 Betsy), Beavon, Strevens (sub 74 Ainsworth) - subs not used: Foster, Rendell - Att: 5,045 (away 1,600 approx)
Paint Pot THRO 3-1 IN FLT v ROVERS
(Tuesday 6th September 2011)
A Stuart Beavon hat-trick helped Wanderers to a 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers in the delayed First Round tie of the Football League Trophy at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. with will now be played on Tuesday 6th September at Adams Park (KO 7.30pm). Gary Waddock made five changes to the starting line-up that had lost at Hudersfield ten days previous and saw Beavon open the scoring in the eighth minute with a low left footed strike. The same player doubled Wycombe's lead on 57 minutes with another low shot before former Wanderer Matt Harrold gave Rovers hope with a goal a minute later. Harrold was one of three former Wycombe players in the Rovers line-up, with 'keeper Scott Bevan and striker Scott McGleish making up the returning trio. However, it was not to be happy return to Adams Park as Beavon sealed his hat-trick on 75 minutes with a shot on the turn to take Wanderers through to a home Second Round tie with Cheltenham Town to be played week commencing 3rd October 2011. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Sandell, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, Betsy, Lewis (sub 66 Harding), Bloomfield (sub 72 Donnelly), Beavon (sub 77 Harris), Benyon, Rendell - subs not used: Foster, Ibe - Att: 771 (lowest First Team attendance at Adams Park since Wanderers gained promotion to the Football League in 1993)

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