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Saturday 14th April 2001
Nationwide Football League Division Two
Chris Vinnicombe - picture Paul DennisA bizarre goal from Chris Vinnicombe, his first for Wycombe, salvaged a point on a frustrating afternoon for the Wycombe faithful. The homecoming after last Sunday's FA Cup exploits turned into a crucial Division Two meeting after the failure to put away a struggling Swansea side on Tuesday evening.
Vinnicombe's goal came just four minutes from time when his free-kick from way out on the right wing curled through a melee of players in the Wrexham box and went in off the far post.
Earlier Wycombe had begun the game in a lively manner. Keith Ryan saw a shot blocked after four minutes and then after Jason Cousins launched a free-kick into the Wrexham penalty area, Dave Carroll's pull back ended with Dannie Bulman slicing wide. The purple patch was completed in the tenth minute when another Carroll cross from the right saw Rammell stoop in but his header looped over as the ex-Walsall man claimed he had his shirt pulled. 
However, the visitors weathered the storm and begun to create chances themselves. It began on 12 minutes when only the last second intervention of Paul McCarthy prevented Robin Gibson having a clear shot of goal. From that moment Wycombe looked a nervous side. The visitors had a penalty appeal turned down on 16 minutes after Jason Cousins bundled over Craig Faulconbridge and had an Andy Morrell goal ruled out for a offside that never was. Referee Ray Olivier signalled for offside but later admitted it must have been a flag in the crowd.
There was a brief response from Wycombe on 25 minutes when a short corner between Steve Brown and Michael Simpson ended with a scramble in the Wrexham box, Cousins almost getting the vital touch at the far post.
Ryan had two headers go high of the target at the far post following ball's in from the left flank as the half petered out without either side really testing the opposing 'keeper.
Half-time 0-0
Wycombe began the second-half like the first but it was Wrexham who took the lead in 52nd minute when Craig Faulconbridge latched onto a Morell header before sending a left foot drive into the top corner of the Wycombe net, giving Martin Taylor no chance.
A scramble from a Simpson free-kick on 56 minutes was Wycombe's token reply to the goal and in desperate times it takes desperate measures. Cue George Clegg and Guy Whittingham being sent on as Wycombe converted to a front three.
Despite the crowd doing their best to lift the players there still seemed little inspiration on the pitch, with too many passes going astray and it looked like everybody's efforts were in vain before Vinnicombe's late strike.
There was even time for Rammell to send in a low cross from the left that Whittingham was just inches away from converting at the far post.
Wycombe remain 20th in the table and will be thankful that there are still a few games in hand of the teams above to prevent the season turning sour.
Final Score Wycombe 1 Wrexham 1
Wycombe: Taylor, Vinnicombe, Marsh, McCarthy, Cousins, Carroll (sub 79 Senda), Bulman, Simpson, Brown (sub 67 Clegg), Rammell, Ryan (sub 67 Whittingham)
subs not used: Castledine, Essandoh
Wrexham: Dearden, McGregor, Hardy, Carey, Faulconbridge, Ferguson, Gibson (sub 76 Edwards), Williams, Morell, Roache, Thomas
subs not used: Chalk, Russell, Walsh, Pejic
Yellow card: Williams (foul 23), Roache (foul 50), Carey (foul 56), Ferguson (dissent 87) 
Referee: Ray Olivier Attendance: 5,482 (Wrexham 279)
Chairboys Stat File
14th April 2001

Division Two
Played 39
Won 12
Drew 11
Lost 16
Goals For 38
Goals Against 47
Position 20th

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