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Aldershot Town 2
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Wanderers conceeded twice in the opening ten minutes as they went down 2-1 Aldershot Town in their penultimate pre-season friendly before the start of the 2016/17 campaign. Central defender, Will De Havilland, signed during the day, along with 'keeper Scott Brown, scored Wanderers goal with two minutes remaining.
The Shot's, managed by former Wanderers boss Gary Waddock, also included four ex-Wycombe players in their line-up - with two, Scott Rendell and Matt McClure, netting the goals for the hosts. The first goal on 8 minutes involved former Wanderer Nick Arnold playing at left-back. His ball down the left channel found McClure who crossed low into the box for Rendell to tap in. A minute later The Shots had doubled their lead when Bernard Mensah's inswinging cross saw McClure glance a header past Scott Brown. Wanderers came closest during the first half on 44 minutes when Garry Thompson looped a header onto the top pf the crossbar following a cross from Sam Wood.
Wanderers looked a bit more lively in the second period, with Nick Freeman going close on a couple of occasions before De Havilland fired home on 88 minutes for a consolation goal for Gareth Ainsworth side. Wycombe included no new trialists in their side, with Nik Tzanev coming on just after the hour mark as substitute goalkeeper for the fourth game running. Wanderers complete their pre-season programme with a game at Maidenhead United on Saturday 30th July.
Full-time - Aldershot 2 Wycombe 1
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "It is always difficult in pre-season. We changed a lot of bodies around and I have seen plenty which is good. We changed formation a couple of times and it is all about learning and fitness in pre-season. Come Crawley the boys will be fit. We got what we wanted out of the game, I am disappointed with one of the goals especially, but in the second half the introduction of some of the boys sparked us into a bit of life. First half we hit the bar and we couldn’t get the final ball right. Aldershot started with a good, high tempo and fair play they have a good side. Chopping and changing around is always hard work and it is [helping] me work out my best XI for Crawley. I am getting closer to that now and that is what these games do and I am pleased we got through the game relatively injury free.."
Meanwhile, former Wycombe boss Gary Waddock said: "It was a very pleasing night. Gareth [Ainsworth] has assembled a fantastic squad of players at Wycombe and for us to put in a performance like that. with that kind of intensity, is very pleasing for us. They are a good squad of League players who will do very well this season but we matched them for passion, desire and workrate, while showing that bit of quality as well. It's important we don't get carried away. It is a fitness exercise, but we are getting to where we want to get to fitness-wise. It's a work in progress still but it's slowly coming together. We have to be consistent in our performances now. The players have set that standard, it's up to us to maintain that now."
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