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Chesham United 1
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Tuesday 24th July 2018
A late goal from substitute Craig Mackail-Smith saw Wanderers register their first pre-season victory before the 2018/19 campaign. However, the 2-1 victory over Chesham United at a sun-drenched Meadow was dampened by another frustrating injury to striker Scott Kashket. The former Leyton Orient was forced off in the 37th minute after seemingly pulling a muscle. Wycombe named the same three trialists as used in pre-season games with Brenford and Havant & Waterlooville in their squad to visit the Southern League Premier side. New signing Darius Charles was still unavailable due to injury.
Before the injury Kashket looked a bright spark for Wanderers - going close twice inside the opening 30 minutes. It was Sam Saunders who eventually gave Wycombe the lead on 50 minutes when the midfielder connected with Nick Freeman's cross from the left following good work from Luke O'Nien. The Southern League Premier side equalised with seven minutes of normal time remaining when an unmarked Callum Webb headed past Yves Ma-Kalamby. But Wanderers were not to be denied victory when Mackail-Smith clipped the ball over the on-rushing Mo Sampat in The Generals goal.
Wanderers complete their pre-season programme with a trip to 'National League' side Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July 2018
Full-time - Chesham 1 Wycombe 2
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "?A win is good. There were some good goals. We could have had four of five. We created plenty of chances, which is great." However, the win was marred by another injury, "We've lost Scott Kashket through injury and it's tough to see him come off. He's had a stop-start career with Wycombe Wanderers." But Ainsworth also picked out the positives: ""We are pleased to have got 90 minutes for a few more players and got closer to my starting line-up for 4th August [home to Blackpool]. Luke O'Nien was fantastic with a couple of assists. Sam Saunders took his goal really well. [Those were] positives but it was a sloppy goal [to concede] and I'm not happy about that and the relevant people have put their hands up into the air. We hope to firing on all cylinders come Monday. We've got one more game to come at Maidenhead." He concluded with praise for the travelling fans on a very humid evening, "Thank-you to the fans tonight. They've turned up in really good numbers and we gave them a win and we hope there is more to come".
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