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Barnsley 2
Saturday 18th October 2003
Football League Division Two
Steve Brown gets in a header against Barnsley with Andy Thomson looking on Wanderers' bleak spell continued as the went down 2-1 to Barnsley at Adams Park. It's now 13 League games without a win and the result sees Wycombe hit rock bottom in Division Two with just seven points from the opening fourteen games.
Against Barnsley, Wanderers gifted the visitors a two goal lead before the break, with Isaiah Ramkin scoring on 28 and 32 minutes. Andy Thomson pulled a goal back for Wycombe on 63 minutes when he converted at the far post following a Steve Brown free-kick from the left. Jermaine McSporran sent a shot on the break inches wide three minutes later but despite a late flurry from The Wanderers it was another set-up back on the road to survival.
Caretaker boss John Gorman made one change to the side that had beaten Cambridge United the previous Tuesday in the LDV Vans Trophy, bringing in Steve Brown to the midfield and dropping Roger Johnson to the bench as the formation reverted to a regular 4-4-2.
However, Wanderers were lacklustre in the first half and it was no surprise when the visitors opened the scoring on 21 minutes when Steve Carson's shot from the left side of the penalty area was flicked past Talia by Rankin for the opening goal. It had been Rankin who was involved in the games other most significant piece of action up to that point when he was penalised for a late challenge on Talia in the 21st minute. It was surprising that Rankin never picked up a yellow card for the foul and his good fortune continued in the 34th minute when hr followed up Carson's 25 yard effort that had rebounded back off the left-hand upright right into the path of the Barnsley striker.
Wanderers' efforts were restricted to speculative long range efforts by Brown and Currie as once again the Wycombe front line failed to make any impression on the opposition's defence.
Half-time Wycombe 0 Barnsley 2
Gorman made two changes at the start of the second-half, bringing on Gavin Holligan and Jermaine McSporran for Keith Ryan and Darren Currie. However, despite the change, it was the visitors who continued to look the side more likely to score with Carson going close again on 57 minutes when his angled shot was deflected away for a corner on the right.
Wanderers eventually got back into the game on 63 minutes after Andy Bell had been fouled down the left wing. Brown looped over the resulting free-kick and an umarked Thomson was able to side-foot home at the far post. The goal immediately livened up Wycombe and if nothing else gave the Wanderers faithful some hope to grab onto. Good work from Holligan in midfield on 66 minutes sent away McSporran down the right flank on 66 minutes but Jocky dragged his shot a foot wide of the post. It turned out to be closest Wycombe came to an equaliser as although Barnsley sat back a little on their lead they were able to deal with relative ease Wanderers strides to grab a second goal.
Wycombe have been here before but can we drag ourselves out of it this time? The second-half performance showed some encouraging signs but Wanderers desparately need a win in the League to bring back the confidence in the players and begin the hard slog to survival once again.
Final Score - Wycombe 1 Barnsley 2
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Thomson, Vinnicombe, Branston, Currie (sub HT McSporran), Bulman, Brown, Simpson, Bell (sub 78 Roberts), Ryan (sub HT Holligan) - subs not used: Williams, Johnson
Bookings: Branston (foul 14), Brown (dissent 42)
Scorer: Thomson (63)
Barnsley: Ilic, Austin, Crooks, Ireland, Gallimore, Lumsdon (sub 61 Burns), Carson (sub 89 Neil), O'Callaghan, Betsy, Kay, Rankin (sub 71 Fallon) - subs not used Flinders, Wroe
Bookings: Ireland (foul 13), Austin (foul 81), Burns (90 foul)
Scorers: Rankin (28, 34)
Referee: Mr Mark Cooper Attendance: 4,449 (491 away end)
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