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Saturday 28th April 2001
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Dave Carroll - goal no.100 at Bury - picture Paul DennisDave Carroll scored his 100th goal for Wycombe as The Wanderers came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Bury at Gigg Lane. The point all but ensures Second Division safety for Wycombe. 
Against The Shakers, Lawrie Sanchez stuck with the same eleven that won at Notts County on Thursday but Carroll's goal came after Paul McCarthy had been converted to a makeshift forward as Wycombe searched for an equaliser on a pitch that resembled The Somme. It paid off when 'Macca' pulled back Michael Simpson's free-kick for Carroll to steal in at the near post to convert from an acute angle. Michael Nelson had given The Shakers the lead in the 52nd but Wycombe struck back twenty minutes later.
Earlier in the game the home side had adapted better to the joke surface that wasn't helped by a downpour halfway through the first period. Adrian Littlejohn almost converted a quickly taken free-kick from the right in the 27th minute before McCarthy hacked clear and a minute later Littlejohn got past Chris Marsh but the Shakers striker slid the ball wide of the target.
Wycombe's first serious venture forward came ten minute before the break when Danny Senda's low shot was saved by Paddy Kenny after Marsh's cross from the right had been played on by Guy Whittingham. This was quickly followed by a looping effort by Danny Bulman that Kenny had to pick out from under his crossbar. The best chance of the half fell to Simpson in the 44th when he shot wide from the right edge of the six yard box after another neat flick through by Whittingham.
The opening goal on 52 minutes came moments after Chris Marsh had made a miraculous goalline clearance from James. However, the resulting corner from the left was headed back by Chris Swailes and after controlling with one touch, former Bishop Auckland player Michael Nelson thumped the ball back into the opposite top corner of Taylor's net.
It could have been 2-0 in the 59th minute but for a brilliant one handed save by Taylor from Jon Newby after James had played through. That save was matched at the other end two minutes later when Whittingham's glancing header was palmed away by Kenny after Carroll had curled in a cross from the right.
The equaliser came just three minutes after Lawrie Sanchez had phoned down instructions to the bench to bring on Jason Cousins for Whittingham and allow 'Macca' more freedom up front. The gamble came up trumps when Carroll converted and Wycombe were more than happy to play out for a draw in the remaining minutes.
Final Score Bury 1 Wycombe 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Vinnicombe, Marsh, McCarthy, Bates, Bulman, Simpson, Carroll (sub 84 Lee), Senda, Whittingham (sub 69 Cousins), Essandoh (sub 73 Ryan)
subs not used: Clegg, Harkin
Yellow Card: McCarthy (foul 65)
Bury: Kenny, Nelson, Daws, Swailes, Billy, Littlejohn, Reid, James, Swailes, Armstrong, Newby
subs not used: Connell, Jarrett, Martin, Borley, Hardy
Yellow Card: Reid (foul 85)
Referee: C Webster Attendance: 4,096 (Wycombe 348)
Chairboys Stat File
28th April 2001

Division Two
Played 44
Won 14
Drew 13
Lost 17
Goals For 43
Goals Against 51
Position 17th

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 10
Steve Brown
Andy Baird 3
Jamie Bates 3
Keith Ryan 3
Martyn Lee 3
Michael Simpson 3
Dannie Bulman 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Paul McCarthy 2
Dave Carroll 2
Sam Parkin 1
Mark Rogers 1
Chris Vinnicombe 1
Danny Senda 1
Guy Whittingham 1
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