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Wycombe made two changes from the side that beat Bury at Adams Park the previous week - Ben Townsend coming in for the jet-lagged Mark Rogers and Mo Harkin winning his first start for a month ahead of Stewart Castledine. Steve Brown and Jermaine McSporran returned on the bench after their suspensions but there was more bad news for 'Brownie' when he got involved with veteran Barry Silkman and picked up his fifth yellow card of the season that will see him suspended for the home game with Bournemouth on 2nd December.
With cup struggles against Oxford City and Basingstoke still clear in the minds of the Wycombe fans, it was a relief to see Wycombe get stuck in straight from the kick-off. In the 5th minute Martyn Lee sent over a deep cross from the left that fellow YT product Ben Townsend just failed to reach at the far post. A minute later Keith Ryan forced visiting 'keeper David Hook to punch clear after Niall Thompson has worked the ball across. The early pressure paid dividends in the 8th minute when Simpson's free-kick from the left had Hook punching clear again but this time Bates was on hand to bullet the ball into the back of the Valley End net.
The goal brought an immediate response from Harrow - Otis Roberts feeding Andrew Rose whose 20 yard drive brought a one-handed save from Martin Taylor. The chubby Derek Payne was the main play-maker for the visitors but the ex-Peterborough and Barnet man saw his side unable to break down a stubborn Wycombe defence.
After Ryan, Thompson and Lee saw chances go begging it was the alertness of Mo Harkin that set-up Wycombe's second goal. The Northern Ireland Under 21 chased what looked like a lost cause on the right side of the Harrow penalty area before cleverly back-heeling to Andy Rammell. In a panic, Borough's Oliver Lyons pulled down the Wycombe frontman and after referee Webb had shown the yellow card it was left for Simpson to slot the ball home from the spot.
The visitors had another good spell shortly before the break and it was only the timely intervention of a Townsend header at the far post that prevented Borough dangerman Mark Xavier capitalising on another right wing cross from Roberts.
A neat move between Harkin, Simpson and Rammell ended with Hook pushing the ball wide for a Wycombe corner on the stroke of 45 minutes while Xavier dragged a shot wide in stoppage time to remind Wycombe that the tie was far from over.
Half-time Wycombe 2 Harrow 0
Taylor produced another fine save seven minutes into the second-half when he tipped around Rose's effort from yet another Roberts delivery from the Borough right. A goal then might have changed the game but it was Wycombe who ran the show for the remainder of the 90 minutes with Brown and McSporran both introduced to prevent any nail-biting finish.
The tie was sealed in the 68th minute when Rose brought down Brown just left of centre. 'Brownie' curled in the resulting free-kick and Bates was there to head home at the far post ahead of a static Borough defence.
Taylor made the save of the day on 71 minutes when he reacted in spectacular fashion to push away Daniel Nwaokolo's header from Roberts free-kick from the right flank.
It was only left for Borough to introduce 48 year old Barry Silkman in the latter stages but by that point the tie was dead and buried. Even so the small contingent of Borough fans seemed to enjoy their day out at Adams Park and gave their side a standing ovation at the end.
In the end a comfortable victory for The Chairboys and a chance to upset The Lions again on their own patch in the Second Round.
Full-time Wycombe 3 Harrow 0
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