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Tuesday 24th Oct 2000
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Jason Cousins - picture Paul DennisAfter the previous Saturday's exciting victory over Walsall, there was a touch of 'back to reality' for Wycombe as they played out a goal-less encounter with Wrexham on a wet and windy night in North Wales.
Fielding the same XI that had finished the game against Walsall, Wycombe hardly troubled home 'keeper Kevin Dearden and only an amazing double goal-line clearance in the 59th minute ensured Wycombe's sixth clean sheet of the season, Michael Simpson getting the last vital kick off the line. Wycombe's best chance to steal the points fell to Jason Cousins when he headed over a Steve Brown free-kick with the goal at his mercy.

With the wind behind them in the first-half, Wycombe almost fell behind in the first minute when Martyn Chalk fired just wide of Martin Taylor's left-hand post. That wasn't the sign of things to come from either side and although the floodlights were spectacularly bright, most of the early action on the pitch lacked any shine.
The half ended with a flurry of action. In the 34th minute Jamie Bates was booked for a mistimed challenge on Man City loan player Chris KIllen, while three minutes later a trip on the same player by Paul McCarthy saw 'Macca' also pick up a yellow card and earn an automatic one match ban for notching up five yellow's this season. From the resulting free-kick, just a yard outside the Wycombe box, Darren Ferguson forced Taylor to get down quickly to his right to tip the ball wide for a corner. Wrexham actually had the ball in the net from the corner but there were few complaints from the home contingent when the 'goal' was ruled out for an infringement.

Half-time 0-0

Wycombe's chance of the evening came ten minutes into the second-half after Mark McGregor had been pulled up for fouling Danny Senda just to the right of the Wrexham penalty area. Steve Brown curled the free-kick to the far post but Cousins headed over with Dearden stranded.
After surviving the 59th minute goalmouth scramble, the home side continued to press for the breakthrough. In the 62nd minute French utility player Emad Bouanane forced Wycombe to concede a corner on the left and from that corner it was left for McCarthy to stick out a leg to block a McGregor header at the far post.
It was a mixture of resolute defending and poor finishing that prevented Wrexham from breaking the deadlock while Wycombe relied on breakaways to threaten the home defence. However, with Jermaine McSporran having a quiet game alongside Rammell up front, the openings never appeared.
Rammell had Wycombe's 'other' chance of the evening on 76 minutes when he saw a header cleared off the line following a Simpson corner from the right.
Wrexham finished the stronger side and it was Wycombe who were thankful to hear the final whistle and look forward to better things at home to Bristol City on Saturday.

Final Score Wrexham 0 Wycombe 0
Wycombe: Taylor, Cousins, Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Bates, Simpson, Ryan (sub 84 Castledine), Brown, Senda, McSporran, Rammell
subs not used: Lee, Brady, Harkin, Rogers
Yellow Cards: Bates (34 foul), McCarthy (37 foul)
Wrexham: Dearden, McGregor, Ridler, Chalk, Faulconbridge, Ferguson, Barrett, Edwards, Roche, Killen, Bouanane
subs not used: Owen, Gibson, Sam, Rogers, Moody
Yellow Cards: McGregor (54 foul)
Referee:  B Curson Attendance: 3,014
(200 Wycombe approx)
Chairboys Stat File
24th Oct 2000

Division Two
Goals For
Goals Against

Top Scorers (League)
Andy Rammell 4
Steve Brown
Andy Baird 3
Jermaine McSporran 2
Jamie Bates 1

Dannie Bulman 1

Paul McCarthy 1
Michael Simpson 1
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