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Havant & Waterlooville 2
Wycombe Wanderers 0
Saturday 21st July 2018
Wanderers conceeded a brace of penalties as they went down 2-0 at Havant & Waterlooville. The Hawks Alfie Pavey converted both spot kicks past Ryan Allsop as Wycombe were described as being 'well below par' by Manager Gareth Ainsworth in his post-match interview.
Wycombe included the same three trialists as the previous Tuesday's meeting with Brentford at Adams Park but there were returns to action for Paris Cowan-Hall and Scott Kashket having recovered from their knocks. New signing Darius Charles remained unavailable due to injury.
The match was played in souring temperatures - 24 degress C being recorded by the home side. The goal came on ten minutes when the referee spotted a handball as the ball was delivered in the Wycombe box and Pavey stepped up to knock the penalty past Allsop. It was 2-0 to the home side six minutes before the break after Adam El-Abd fouled Nicke Kabamba in the box and it was Pavey again who converted - sending Allsop the wrong way and seeing the ball go in off the post.
Wanderers improved in the second-period but couldn't find the net - Marcus Bean going closest with a couple of efforts. Wycombe complete their pre-season programme with a game at Chesham and Maidenhead United.
Full-time - Havant & Waterlooville 2 Wycombe 0
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: ""I'm not happy. I thought there was more sharpness in the Havant team than us. Obviously we are at different stages but there were a couple of indviduals well below par and that can't happen come the first game of the season." Ainsworth added: "First-half we were nowhere near it. Second-half I thought we were much better. It is pre-season, the result doesn't mean anything, it just shows me we are going to have to work hard at being sharp."
Highlights and interviews from Hawks official website
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