All the news stories from March 2017
WYCOMBE 0 NOTTS COUNTY 1|
(Saturday 25th March 2017)
Wanderers' play-off hopes took a severe jolt after a mainly spineless 1-0 home defeat to relegation threatened Notts County. The only goal of the game came on 27 minutes when former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi tucked the ball in from close range following a low ball in from the right. Disappointing to the home following was the lack of response from Wanderers. The biggest shout for an equaliser came on the hour mark when Myles Weston appeared to have his heels clipped by Matt Tootle but the claims for a spot-kick were waved away by the referee. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Joe Jacobson sent later efforts wide of the target on a day when Wycombe appeared devoid of any creativity or finesse in front of goal. With seven games remaining, Wanderers are now four points shy of the play-off zone and will need to take full advantage of forthcoming games against struggling Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town in order to maintain a realistic chance of sneaking into the end of season promotion bun-fight. Defeat to County came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had won on the road at Hartlepool the previous Saturday - Max Muller coming into central defence for the injured Aaron Pierre, while Watford loanee Alex Jakubiak was preferred up front to Dayle Southwell. Paul Hayes, Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood returned on the bench following their injuries, with Paris Cowan-Hall (goal-scoring and red-carded substitute at Hartlepool) unavailable due to a one match suspension and Southwell not included in the squad. Attendance v Notts County: 4,362 (348 away).
Final Score: Wycombe 0 Notts County 1
HARTLEPOOL 0 WYCOMBE 2|
(Saturday 18th March 2017)
Wanderers edged up to 10th spot in League Two following a 2-0 victory at 20th placed Hartlepool United. Adebayo Akinfenwa broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when he bagged his 17th goal of the campaign. Wycombe were denied further goals in the second-half by spectacular saves from home 'keeper Joe Fryer but sealed victory in the final minute when substitute Paris Cowan-Hall fired in a low shot from the right of the penalty area. However, Cowan-Hall blotted his copy-book in stoppage when he was shown a second yellow card following a needless tussle with Scott Harrison. The Wanderers midfielder will now miss the home game with Notts County on Saturday 25th March.
Team news at Hartlepool had seen Wanderers make two changes from the side that had drawn with Plymouth Argyle the previous Tuesday - Sam Saunders returned for the injured Marcus Bean, while Will De Havilland was favoured for Max Muller, who dropped to the bench.
Attendance v Hartlepool: 3,356 (159 away).
Final Score: Hartlepool 0 Wycombe 2
WYCOMBE 1 PLYMOUTH 1|
(Tuesday 14th March 2017)
Wanderers remained in 11th spot in League Two after playing out a 1-1 draw with promotion favourites Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park. Myles Weston had fired Wanderers into an 18th minute lead but Gareth Ainsworth's side were pegged back by a 72nd minute equaliser by substitute Nathan Blisset - scoring his first goal for Argyle since a £15,000 move from Torquay United in the January 2017 transfer window.
Gareth's Ainsworth side are now five points off the play-off zone with nine games remaining. Meanwhile, Plymouth, who have missed out via the play-offs for the past two seasons, lie in 2nd spot on 69 points, a massive ten points clear of 4th spot, with only a completely disastorous run of results preventing them from finally achieving a place back in the third tier following five seasons in the basement division. For Wanderers they will need to get back to winning ways in order to stay in touch with the hectic chase for the four play-off places. Just nine points seperate 4th placed Carlisle and 13th placed Grimsby. Wanderers' next four games are against sides battling at the foot of the division - Hartlepool away (20th place), Notts County home (21st), Leyton Orient away (24th) and Cheltenham home (22nd). Attendance v Plymouth: 3,538 (652 away).
Final Score: Wycombe 1 Plymouth 1
WYCOMBE 0 BLACKPOOL 0|
(Saturday 11th March 2017)
Wanderers had Jamal Blackman to thank for securing a point in a 0-0 draw with Blackpool at Adams Park. The Wycombe 'keeper pulled out a wonder save to deny Brad Potts from less than 6 yards a minute into the second-half and then thwarted the same player from the penalty spot on 86 minutes after Will De Havilland had been adjudged to have fouled substitute Jamille Matt. The two sides went into the game on the same points but with the visitors having a far superior goal difference and the added confidence of a 3-0 victory at second placed Plymouth the previous Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wanderers welcomed back Aaron Pierre following his brief spell out with injury. He replaced Will De Havilland in the starting XI. Wanderers stay 11th in the table with 51 points - 3 points off the play-off zone with ten games remaining. Attendance v Blackpool: 3,774 (290 away).
Final Score: Wycombe 0 Blackpool 0
GRIMSBY 1 WYCOMBE 2|
(Saturday 4th March 2017)
Wanderers recorded their first League victory for seven games with a controversial 2-1 success at Grimsby Town. Wycombe had fallen behind to a 17th minute penalty from Calum Dyson after Sam Wood had hacked down Tom Bolarinwa as the Grimsby player ran into the right side of the Wycombe area. It was a double substitution that eventually influenced the outcome - Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke O'Nein replacing Wood and Garry Thompson. However, it took an own-goal to finally level the scores on 67 minutes when Danny Collins hooked an attempted clearance over the head of his own 'keeper. Either side could have claimed the win from that point but it was Wycombe who grabbed the winner and it would be fair to say, the home contingent were not happy with the decision. The decisive goal came on 71 minutes when a Joe Jacobson free-kick from out on the right wing was punched clear by Mariners 'keeper James McKeown, who in the process knocked down teammate Gavin Gunning. The ball broke loose on the left wing, where Cowan-Hall, back to goal, turned and curled an effort into the opposite far corner of the home net. Grimsby protested that play should have been stopped for the injury to Gunning but their arguements rightly fell on deaf ears. The home side piled the pressure on in the closing stages but couldn't find a way past Jamal Blackman who made an incredible stoppage time save to deny Dyson and confirm a long overdue victory for a Wycombe side devoid of any luck in recent weeks. Attendance v Grimsby: 4,668 (221 away).
Final Score: Grimsby 1 Wycombe 2
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