Northampton 2
Wycombe Wanderers 3
Saturday 2nd May 2015
Football League Two

Aaron Holloway in action at Northampton where he bagged the opening goal Wanderers missed out on automatic promotion despite a stoppage winner from Alfie Mawson in a 3-2 victory in the final day clash at Northampton Town. Gareth Ainsworth's side will now meet with Plymouth Argyle in the two legged play-off semi-final for the right to play in the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23rd May.

Wycombe started the day in 5th place in the table behind Bury and Southend and there was early hope when news came through that the Essex side were trailing at Morecambe after just 4 minutes. However, Southend equalised on 10 minutes to dampen the spirits of the near 1,000 Wycombe following in the sell-out crowd at Sixfields.

A fairly uneventful game then sprung into life with two Wycombe goals within three minutes. First Aaron Holloway followed in on a Paul Hayes shot on 33 minutes to put Wycombe ahead. Then Nico Yennaris put in a cool finish to double lead and put the pressure on Southend and Bury. Nine minutes into the second-half celebrations broke out in the Wycombe support again when it was heard that Southend had fallen behind again at Morecambe and that Bury were still goalless at relegated Tranmere. That set of scores put Wycombe back into third spot but it was short lived as a 61st minute goal for Bury put The Shakers back into the final automatic promotion spot.

Matt Ingram goes down injured at Northampton after colliding with Sam WoodReturning to events at Sixfields, a bizzare own-goal incident on 67 minutes may prove costly in Wycombe's promotion hopes. Sam Wood and Matt Ingram collided when attempting to deal with a ball into the six-yard box. The ball ended in the net and Ingram collapsed needing treatment. The Wycombe 'keeper, ever-present since making his Wanderers debut in March 2013, played on briefly but was replaced on 75 minutes by Alex Lynch, who at 20 years old was making his debut in senior football.

It was a baptism of fire for the youngster but there was little he could do to stop a Ryan Cresswell equaliser on 85 minutes. But Wycombe's 'never say die' attitude carried through to the final whistle and despite hearing that Bury had already beaten Tranmere to secure promotion, Player of the Season Mawson ran through in the 7th minute of stoppage time to snatch the win that lifted Wycombe to 4th place in the table and the prospect of meeting Plymouth in the play-off semi-finals as opposed to Stevenage who will now take on an even more disconsolant Southend side.

For Wanderers, their prospects of a trip to Wembley and promotion will rely heavily on injury news, including what is believed to be a knee injury to Matt Ingram. Plus also whether Brentford, now in the Championship play-offs, allow Sam Saunders and Nico Yennaris to extend their loan deal at Adams Park to include what will be Wycombe's defining games of the 2014/15 campaign.
Full-time - Northampton 2 Wycombe 3
Wycombe: Ingram (sub 75 Lynch), Yennaris, Wood, Mawson, Pierre, Bean, Murphy, Ephraim (sub 62 Bloomfield), Holloway (sub 65 Onyedinma), Craig, Hayes - subs not used: Fletcher, Jacobson, Kretzschmar
Scorers: Holloway 36, Yennaris 39, Mawson 90+7
Bookings: Bean 64, Craig 85,
Northampton: Jalal, Diamond, Cresswell, Horwood (sub 85 Carter), DAth, Taylor, Byrom, Holmes, OToole (sub 65 Hackett), Toney, Richards - subs not used: Duke, Gray, De Girolamo, Warburton, Clifton
Scorers: Wood 67 (og), Cresswell 85
Bookings: O'Toole 45+2, Toney 87, Carter 90+5
Referee: Mr Eddie Ilderton Attendance: 5,723 (away 916)

Post match reaction:
Gareth Ainsworth Commenting after the game, Gareth Ainsworth said, "We wanted to win the game today. Were in the ascendency, weve got an away win under our belt, its not an easy place to come and we can take that with us into next week. Im looking forward to it. Its great for the Club. It probably helps the finances more than nicking third place, although if youd have asked me Id rather have gone up in third place. Weve got this now and its a great opportunity to upset the form books and achieve something this year." The Wycombe Manager admitted he had an ear on the games involving promotion rivals Bury and Southend, saying: "I knew what was going on and I knew for 20 minutes that we were in third place, and rightly so with 84 points. I dont think for many a year that 84 points hasnt been good enough to get promoted. Its fantastic to win a game, you always want to win and we won today but weve ended up in the play-offs. If youd have said that a year ago, people wouldnt have believed you." Wanderers final points tally of 84 would also have been enough to gain promotion in each of five previous seasons in League Two. "I think it shows how strong we are to get as many points as we have. Theres five teams that have really gone to town in the league this season and to be one of those is brilliant. Eighty-four points is a magnificent tally for a team that has really been up against it all year. Weve got two, maybe three more games to go and Ill make sure everyone is fit and ready. Weve got players coming back, weve got players returning to fitness, well be strong in the next two games but so will Plymouth Argyle, make no bones about that. We know well be in for a tough challenge and well need a bit of luck to help us overcome that."
Alex Lynch took over in goal from Matt Ingram for his professional debut - Alfie Mawson lies injured but had the last laugh with a stoppage time winner

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