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News WYCOMBE FINISH 15th
(Saturday 27th April 2013)
Wanderers finished the 2012/13 season in 15th place in the 'League Two' having recovered from being bottom of the table as of 17th November 2012. It's Wycombe lowest finishing position in 20 seasons in the Football League but will still be a satisfactory one for a Club ending their first season under the control of the Trust. Wycombe's last 30 games of the season under Gareth Ainsworth had them 7th in the 'League Two' form table. Champions of the 'League Two' were Gillingham, with Rotherham and Port Vale the other two clubs automatically promoted. Burton, Cheltenham, Northampton and Bradford fight it out in the play-offs. Barnet and Aldershot and relegated to the Conference National, with Mansfield coming in the other direction. Wrexham play Newport County in the Conference play-off final for the other place in the Football League. Coming down to 'League Two' from 'League One' are Scunthorpe, Bury, Hartlepool and Portsmouth. The 2013/14 Football League season kicks off on Saturday 3rd August 2013. The fixtures will be released on Wednesday 19th June 2013 at 9am.
Matchday WYCOMBE 1 PORT VALE 1
(Saturday 27th April 2013)
Gary Ainsworth made his 600th competitive professional appearance as Wanderers concluded the 2012/13 campaign with a 1-1 draw with Port Vale at Adams Park on Saturday. With the visitors all but mathematically sure of automatic promotion, Vale boasted a following of close to 2,800 and with the home following also out in force, the 7,200 attendance was easily Wycombe's best of the season. Although the game wasn't a spectacle, Wanderers drew first blood in the 31st minute when Joel Grant's cross to the far post from the right saw Vale 'keeper Chris Neal pull down Dean Morgan as the Wycombe forward looked to fire home the loose ball. Morgan got up to dispatch the resulting penalty and subdue the travelling hordes. At the back Dave Winfield and the returning Kortney Hause snuffed out Vale's formidable front line as Wycombe continued to lead when Ainsworth introduced himself of 76 minutes for his milestone appearance on what he says will be his last in pro football. But within three minutes he saw Vale level matters when a corner from the right was flicked on in the six yard box and substitute Lee Hughes glanced a header past Matt Ingram and give the Vale fans something to cheer about. For Ainsworth there was also a fairytale finish when he went close with two efforts - an attempted overhead kick on the left side of the box and a miscued shot from a similar position, all within the space of a couple of minutes. The final whistle signalled a pitch invasion from many of the Vale fans and when calm had been returned, the Vale players returned for their celebrations, followed shortly afterwards by the Wycombe players showing their appreciation to their fans and Ainsworth also making an emotional lap of honour on his special day. Wycombe: Ingram, McCoy, Hause, Winfield, Dunne, Andrade (sub 76 Ainsworth), Spring, Lewis, Wood, Grant, Morgan - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, Harriman, Doherty, Morias, Kuffour - Att: 7,120 (away 2,828)
Gareth Ainsworth GAZ AGREES NEW DEAL
(Monday 22nd April 2013)
Gareth Ainsworth has agreed to a new two year deal as Manager of the Wanderers. The news was announced at around 11am on Monday and also included the news that the Wycombe Manager will retire from the playing side following the final game of the season on Saturday at home to Port Vale. If Ainsworth appears it would be his 600th professional competitive First Team appearance during a career that started at Preston North End in 1992. Commenting on his new deal to the official website, Ainsworth said, "Iím honoured, proud and very, very thankful to everyone that has supported me in any way that they have." He added, "This is enormous for me and Iím really thankful to everyone who has helped me achieve this. I want to repay the Trust and all the supporters by working so hard and bringing back the glory years. Iíll give it my best shot, I promise you."
Matchday BARNET 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 20th April 2013)
Wycombe failed to perform to their recent potential as they went down 1-0 to Barnet on Saturday in what was the last competitive game to be held at Underhill. The only goal of the came nine minutes from the end of the 90 minutes when Jake Hyde, nephew of former Wanderer Paul Hyde, turned the ball in at the near post following a low cross from the left. Even then Wanderers had a chance to spoil the day for Barnet when substitute Bruno Andrade was tripped in the box on the left byeline but Joel Grant saw his resulting penalty saved by Graham Stack in the home goal and ensure The Bees grabbed three vital points. A sell-out crowd of just over 6,000 led to the kick-off being delayed by 15 minutes and when proceedings finally got underway it was the home side, desperately requiring a win to help relegation fears, who set the pace. Kicking down the Underhill slope, Barnet were only kept at bay by another series of saves from Wanderers 'keeper Matt Ingram - the pick being a full length save to his right as he tipped Curtis Weston's low angled shot on 37 minutes onto the upright. With the game still goalless at the break, Wanderers still made little use of the advantage of the slope although they did have the ball in the net on 64 minutes through Leon Johnson's close range effort only for a foul to be given against Johnson. With time running out Barnet eventually got the breakthrough that the home fans had been urging. The ball was fed out to the left wing and the cross to the near post was turned in by Hyde to spark mass celebrations amongst the Barnet support. Those same fans fell silent in stoppage time after the referee pointed to the spot for the trip on Andrade but Grant's penalty to the 'keepers right was a decent height and Stack's diving save saw him mobbed by his teammates and evoke more Barnet celebrations. The final whistle moments later ensured Barnet ended their 106 year spell at Underhill on high, while Wycombe move on to host Port Vale next Saturday in what will be, win, lose or draw for Vale, a promotion celebration party. A win for Wycombe could lift them as high as 11th in the table from the current 14th placing. Wycombe: Ingram, Harriman, Dunne, Johnson, Doherty, Spring, Lewis, Scowen, Wood (sub 75 Andrade), Grant, Kuffour (sub 75 Morias) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Hause, Ainsworth, Morgan - Att: 6,001 (away 857)
Matchday WYCOMBE 0 NORTHAMPTON 0
(Tuesday 16th April 2013)
Wanderers played out a fairly unattractive 0-0 draw with promotion chasing Northampton Town at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Wycombe failed to test Northampton 'keeper Lee Nicholls throughout on an off night for Dean Morgan, while fellow striker Matt McClure was forced off on 64 minutes with an injury. The closest Wycombe came to scoring came in the first half when McClure flick from a Joel Grant cross was deflected goalwards by Town's Lee Collins but Nicholls dived to save. Meanwhile, The Cobblers went closest through top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa, when he saw a header bounce off the top of the crossbar three minutes into the second period. The 0-0 scoreline keeps Wanderers in 15th place in the table with the trip to second from bottom Barnet to come on Saturday in what will be the last competitive game to be held at Underhill. The game is heading for a sell-out with Wanderers allocation of around 800 also close to selling out as of a couple of days before the game. Wycombe: Ingram, McCoy, Doherty, Johnson, Dunne, Lewis, Scowen, Spring, Grant, McClure (sub 64 Morias), Morgan (sub 85 Kuffour) - subs not used: Harrison, Wood, Andrade, Harriman, Hause - Att: 3,615 (away 784)
Matchday WYCOMBE 2 ALDERSHOT 1
(Saturday 13th April 2013)
Wycombe secured their 'League Two' future for another season with a 2-1 victory over basement side Aldershot Town on Saturday. Wanderers welcomed back Dean Morgan and Matt McClure into their front line, with the latter celebrating his 50th appearance for Wycombe with a goal and an assist. After a goalless first-half Wanderers eventually took the lead on 50 minutes when McClure forced his way past Ben Herd on the left of the box before knocking the ball past former Wanderer Jamie Young in the visitors goal. It was surprise when shot shy Aldershot drew level on 68 minutes when Craig Stanley shot home with a low shot from the edge of the box. But with The Shot's 900 plus following sensing a rare victory, it was Wanderers who confirmed their fighting spirit when McClure set away Joel Grant down the left channel on 75 minutes, with Grant finishing with a neat dink over the advancing Young. This time there was no way back for the visitors who now looked doomed to relegation back to the Conference. Wycombe: Ingram, Harriman, Winfield (sub 65 Johnson), Doherty, Dunne, Grant, Spring, Scowen, Wood (sub 76 Andrade), McClure, Morgan (sub 90 Kuffour) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Kewley-Graham, Morias - Att: 4,290 (away 910)
Matchday BURTON ALBION 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 9th April 2013)
Wanderers went down to a 2-0 defeat at promotion chasing Burton Albion on Tuesday evening. Manager Gareth Ainsworth named himself in the starting line-up but saw his side eventually fall behind when Jacques Maghoma fired home four minutes into second period after a slip by Michael Harriman. Ainsworth replaced himself shortly afterwards but on an evening where Wycombe struggled to create chances throughout, it was Maghoma who added a second on 68 minutes when he capitalised on another Harriman error before shooting past Matt Ingram. Wycombe, who have yet to seal mathmatical safety in League Two, had Ingram to thank for keeping the score down with a number of decent saves. The result sees Wycombe remain 15th in the table. Meanwhile, Burton have crept into the automatic promotion places with three games left to play. Wycombe: Ingram, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Ainsworth (sub 55 Morias), Scowen, Spring, Wood (sub 70 Kewley-Graham), Grant, Kuffour (sub 79 Taylor) - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, McCoy, Kretzschmar - Att: 2,202 (away 200 approx)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust TRUST MEMBERS TO VOTE
(Tuesday 9th April 2013)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust Members will vote on Wednesday 10th April 2013 whether they officially approve of the sale of Wanderers Training Ground for £350,000 to an anonymous consortium. Read full story from chairboys.co.uk
Matchday OXFORD UTD 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 6th April 2013)
A delightfully taken goal from Joel Grant on 18 minutes saw Wanderers claim all three points in a deserved 1-0 victory at a sunny Oxford United on Saturday. Gareth Ainsworth fielded an unchanged starting line-up to the one that had beaten Morecambe the previous Monday but they again struggled to create chances in the opening stages. United, including three former Wanderers, Jon-Paul Pittman, Scott Davies and Michael Duberry, had the better of the early chances, with Davies curling a free-kick over the bar in the 3rd minute. However, Wycombe took the lead slightly against the run of play when Grant cut in from the right of midfield, skipped past two defenders before driving a low angled shot from the right corner of the box and under 'keeper Luke McCormick. The goal sparked Wycombe with confidence and livened the 1,000 plus following for the Wanderers, although there was a scare in the 26th minute when a low shot from the left by Pittman struck the opposite upright. Sam Wood saw a shot blocked moments before the break and Jo Kuffour had a great chance to extend Wycombe's lead eight minutes into the second period when he was set free by a Josh Scowen assist down the left but he shot too close to McCormick. United's best chance to score on 55 minutes when Alfie Potter shot straight at Matt Ingram. Wycombe had further chances through Grant and Scowen but there was a massive intake of breath for the Wycombe faithful on the stroke of 90 minutes when Ingram dropped a United throw-in from the right but recovered in time to smoother the ball on the line. Moments later the final whistle sounded to confirm a result that has Wanderers within a fraction of 'League Two' safety with just another point required or any points dropped by York, or more than one point dropped by either Wimbledon or Accrington. Wycombe travel to Burton Albion on Tuesday evening looking to consolidate their 15th place in the table. Wycombe:Ingram, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Grant, Lewis, Scowen, Spring, Wood, Kuffour - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, Ainsworth, Andrade, McCoy, Kewley-Graham, Morias - Att: 6,777 (away 1,132)
Matchday MORECAMBE 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Monday 1st April 2013)
Wanderers edged towards 'League Two' safety thanks to a gritty 1-0 victory at Morecambe on Easter Monday. The only goal of the game came on 55 minutes when the returning Matt Spring delivered a free-kick deep into the Morecambe box which was headed back for Stuart Lewis to thump home through a crowd of players. In came during a game where the home side rarely threatened despite boasting a home record of one defeat in the last sixteen. The goal came during a game of few chances, with Wycombe's best effort in the first half came when a 28th minute free-kick by Spring from the left flank saw Jo Kuffour mis-cue at the far post. Meanwhile, the closest the Shrimpers came to an equaliser was on 79 minutes when a long range effort from Ryan Williams on the left of the midfield that hit the left hand post before Matt Ingram scrambled to tip Jordon Burrow's follow up onto the cross bar. Wanderers remain 15th in the table with 52 points - seven points clear of the relegation zone and six games remaining. Next up, Oxford United away on Saturday 6th April. Wycombe:Ingram, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Grant, Spring, Lewis, Scowen, Wood, Kuffour - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, Ainsworth, Andrade, Oli, McCoy, Morias - Att: 1,702 (away 158)

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