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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Tuesday 29th July 2014
Sam Wood scored late on as a Wanderers side containing triallists Jhai Dhillon and Callum Driver, plus Manager Gareth Ainsworth and young goalkeeper Charlie Horlock, won 2-1 at Isthmian League Champions Wealdstone.
19 year old defender Dhillon was on show for the first time for Wycombe after spending time at Stevenage and Royston Town last season. Meanwhile, former West Ham midfielder Driver was being giving his third run out in a Wanderers as Gareth Ainsworth continued to look for options to fill the gap that is likely to be left by the departure of Anthony Stewart.
Like the game at Chesham seven days previous, it was another early injury to Stuart Lewis that raised concerns for Wanderers. Lewis was forced off after just 20 minutes with an injury to the opposite ankle to the one he hurt at Chesham. Reports following the match indicated the injury was not thought to be serious.
After a goalless first half where Horlock made three excellent saves, it was Matt McClure (loaned to The Stones earlier in his Wycombe career) who opened the scoring on 47 minutes when he nodded in from Tom Fletcher's headed ball across the face of the goal. But the hosts hit back on 85 minutes when Jonathan Wright's low cross was converted from an acute angle by Nicci Ahamed. However, Wycombe grabbed their winner a minute later when Wood smashed home a Junior Morias cross to the edge of the box.
Full-time - Wealdstone 1 Wycombe 2
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Wanderers Coach Richard Dobson said, "We showed a lot more high intensity runs in terms of our pressing game tonight. I was pleased with the second half. We started to open them up and create chances. I thought we could have had four or five if we'd been a bit more clinical. It's the fact we're creating them that's important. On another day Matt McClure might have come on and hit a hat trick. That's probably the most pleasing thing from my point of view. We haven't created a great deal of chances so far in pre season, albeit against a Championship and a Premier League side. One of the things I felt we lacked last year was a bit of clever play around the box. We weren't quite incisive enough when we got into the final third. I'm starting to see signs of what we are doing in training."
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