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Wycombe Wanderers 3
York City 0
Football League Two
Saturday 8th August 2015
Wanderers got their 2015/16 Football League season off to a flyer with a 3-0 victory over York City at Adams Park. Gareth Ainsworth gave Club debut's to Luke O'Nein and Garry Thompson in the starting XI but it was Anthony Stewart, returning after a year sabbitical, who opened the scoring on 7 minutes when he nipped in to flick the ball past former Hartlepool 'keeper Scott Flinders.
Other team news for Wanderers had seen Ainsworth forced to name six substitutes after Matt Bloomfield had cried off ill the previous day, while Max Kretzschmar was unavailable after 'turning an ankle' in the midweek training leading up to opening match of the season.
Stewart's opener came after Marcus Bean and flicked the ball into the box before a York defender helped the ball on to the Wycombe player. However, the visitors, with just one victory at Adams Park in the previous eight meetings, could have been level a few minutes later when Reece Thompson broke down the right before sending in a cross that James Berrett's plunged a diving header just wide of the left hand upright of the Valley End goal.
New signing O'Nien fired just high of the target on 24 minutes before Aaron Amadi-Holloway doubled Wycombe's lead two minutes later when he drove home a low shot from the right of the box after Wycombe had worked the ball in from midfield. The visitors threatened to respond but the game was effectively killed off in the 58th with a bizarre 25 yard own goal from City's Stephane Zubar who managed to lob his own 'keeper while under pressure from Amadi-Holloway.
Another new signing Ryan Sellers and loanee Michael Harriman were introduced late on as Wycombe cruised to equal their best opening scoreline in the Football League (the last time, 21 years previous for the 3-0 victory over Cambridge United at Adams Park).
Full-time - Wycombe 3 York City 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "There was never going to be a hangover for me because I was so proud and pleased with last season when we achieved more than we set out to do. It is just a continuation of what we were doing last year. Itís nice to have the result but I know as much as anyone that thereís a long way to go. Itís a great start, a good performance but that is all it is. It was nice to see some of the new boys take on how we are playing. There were some great individual performances but the team will always be the big thing for me."
He added: "It was the perfect way for him to do it. I brought Anthony here just looking forward. There is no past, there is no history with Anthony Stewart, yeah he has been here before, he played a great part in the Torquay survival day, and then had a year out finding his feet elsewhere. It sometimes works, it sometimes doesnít, but you canít deny anyone the opportunity to try at a higher level. It didnít work for Anthony so I thought Ďright, I will take him back any day. I think the fans would have given him a good reception anyway, scoring or not scoring. Anthony has come back a young man, he left a boy if Iím honest with you, but heís come back a young man and sometimes you need those experiences away just to mature you and I believe that once again Anthony Stewart will be turning the heads of higher league clubs."
"Sixty one points is our target. Weíve got 58 more to go. Thereís no talk of promotion. The wounds of Torquay (When Wanderers needed a win to stay in the Football League) are still raw, they still hurt me. That day is in my memory a lot and I will do everything I can on the touchline to make sure I never go back to that day. Itís been the biggest learning curve Iíve ever had in football. We had a fantastic season last year, but at the moment letís just get to where we want to be in year two of our plan which is 61 points."
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