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Lawrie Sanchez was forced to make one change from the side that lost at Tranmere the previous week - the injured Mark Rogers being replaced by Andy Thomson. Wycombe started the game like a house on fire and when Steve Brown converted a 5th minute penalty after Keith Ryan had been fouled, it looked like it would be plain sailing.
The penalty award came after Ryan had run down the left flank and was clipped by Michael Duff as he reached the bye-line. Referee Steve Bennett had no hestitation in pointing to the spot and Brown strode up to dispatch the ball into the left hand corner of the net for his fifth successful spot kick of the season. Brownie had clearly been waiting for a goal as it gave him the chance to reveal his No.30 vest. Bennett sent him off for similar antics at Filbert Street in March 2001 but some common sense rule changes have been applied since then.
The goal gave everybody a buzz and minute later a deft flick by Darren Currie down the right wing saw Danny Senda force a corner. Michael Simpson delivered the ball to the far side and after seeing Ryan's headed blocked Roger Johnson had his follow up cleared off the line.
Ryan was to go close again on 19 minutes when Jonny Dixon laided the ball through from midfield but Town 'keeper Shane Higgs got down to his right to save.
At the other end the visitors gradually began to take advantage of Wanderers inconsistent ball control in midfield. However, Cheltenham's shooting was woeful and it still wasn't until the 40th minute when Frank Talia had a serious save to make - leaping to tip over a 20 yard effort by Marvin Brown.
Half-time Wycombe 1 Cheltenham 0
Town went on to continue their poor finishing in the second-half, the best example coming on 50 minutes when Brown blasted high of virtually an open goal after Grant McCann's header had come back off the cross bar. In an effort to block the gaps at the back Sanchez reverted to a 5-3-2 formation for the final 30 minutes - giving Luke Oliver his Football League debut in the centre of defence with Darren Currie the sacrificed player in midfield.
But it seemed that Wycombe simply just sat back in an effort to hold onto what they had. On 74 minutes former Wanderers triallist Damien Spencer almost got the vital touch when he was left with his back to goal following a ball in from the left. Two minutes later Jamie Victory got past Thomson down the same side before shooting straight at Talia.
Wanderers best chance to increase the lead and seal the game had come earlier in the 56th minute when Dixon raced in from the right but his shot from the angle was saved. Dixon and Brown were later replaced by Stuart Roberts and Richard Harris. It was Harris who also went close on a rare Wanderers attack in the 88th minute but his shot on the run from the left side of goal was parried and Roberts was unable to pick up the rebound on the opposite side.
A minute later Wycombe paid the price for not wrapping the game when Tony Naylor struck home after a low cross from the left wasn't dealt with. It could have been even worse a minute later when another Cheltenham effort grazed the outside of Frank Talia's right-hand upright and it was Wycombe who were the happier side to hear the final whistle.
Final Score Wycombe 1 Cheltenham 1
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