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Saturday 16th October 2004
Football League 'League Two'
Frank Talia - busy day at Boston Wanderers dropped to 11th place in the League Two table after a disappointing 2-0 defeat at York Street. After having the better of the opening exchanges, Wycombe gifted the home side the lead in the 14th minute after a mix up between Matt Bloomfield and Joe Burnell in the midfield that was punished in clinical style by Andy Kirk. The same player added a second in the 51st minute and there was no way back for Tony Adams' side who in addition to Bloomfield and Burnell, welcomed back Mike Williamson after injury but were missing the suspended Stuart Nethercott. Despite being 11th, Wanderers have 19 points and are still only four points off the top of the table with more than a quarter of the season gone.
Before the game Tony Adams said he would be trying something different and he was true to his word with four changes from the starting line-up that had lost at Scunthorpe the previous week. Also with Nethercott suspended, Adams returned to a back four formation with Williamson returning in favour of Charlie Comyn-Platt to play in a cental role alongside Roger Johnson. In midfield Keith Ryan and Clint Easton were 'rested' for the returning duo of Bloomfield and Burnell. Former Norwich City and Boston United loanee Zema Abbey was the extra man up front and was therefore getting the chance to try his luck against his brother Nathan in goal for The Pilgrims.
After an early scare where Gus Uhlenbeek got away with a mis-kick directly in front of Frank Talia's goal it was Wycombe who could have opening the scoring. After 8 minutes Ian Stonebridge switched the ball from the left of midfield across to Danny Senda but the resulting shot from around 20 yards was straight into the arms of the 'keeper. A minute later Uhlenbeek crossed from deep on the the right for Zema Abbey to head wide at the near post. Moments later Abbey was let in again down the right flank before his shot from around 20 yards was defelected but gratefully saved by brother Nathan.
It all went wrong for Wycombe after a 13th minute corner had seemingly been cleared from danger. However, a catastrophy in midfield let in Northern Ireland international Andy Kirk who finished with ease past Talia from central position. It was the seventh consecutive time Wanderers had fallen behind and it could have got worse on 20 minutes when Kirk laid the ball off to Tam McManus towards the edge of the Wycombe penalty area but Talia managed to tip the shot away from the top corner of the goal. Talia was also out quick on 25 minutes to collect as Wanderers' defensive were split again by good passing football by the home side who went on to dominate the remainder of the half.
Half-time Boston 1 Wycombe 0
Ryan replaced Bloomfield at the break but any thoughts of a come back were crushed on 51 minutes when an attack involving Nathan Tyson broke down and The Pilgrims quickly switched the ball to the other end, sending through Kirk down the right channel who finished impressively again with a low shot into the corner of Talia's net.
A rare attack by Wycombe on 57 minutes culminated in Danny Senda's free-kick being pushed wide by Nathan Abbey but Wycombe could have fallen further behind in the 74th minute when a hectic goal mouth scramble saw the home side claim that Williamson had fouled Courtney Pitt in the box. Referee Webster ignored the claims and the controversey threatened to boil over again a minute later when David Noble clattered down Tyson in front of the dug outs. It sparked a brawl of bodies, including officials from both sides with Tony Adams pushing away his counterpart Steve Evans as things eventually died down on what is usually described as a 'handbags' incident.
There was still time for Talia to tip away a Matt O’Halloran shot, while with eight minutes left on the clock Stonebridge and Tyson contrived to get in each other's way on the left side of the Boston United penalty to confirm a bad day out for The Wanderers and their band of followers.
Final Score - Boston United 2 Wycombe 0
Tony Adams kept his side in the dressing for an extended period after the game but eventually appeared to say to BBC Three Counties Radio "I don't like losing, that's disappointing and we've just lost our direction at the momemnt. We've got it on track as quickly as we can." The Wycombe boss added "We started brightly and had a good couple of chances but we've then gone and given them the game. Against good organised teams you're not going to get back in the game and that's seven on the trot now so we are obviously doing something wrong and we need to look at that very seriously and get going again." Adams said he would call his squad in on Sunday to anaylise a video of the game and look to put things right for the visit of Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, Boston United boss Steve Evans was thrilled with his team's performance describing it as "one of the best ever" when talking to BBC Radio Lincolnshire after the game. He went on to add "They (Wycombe) are decent, they are big and strong all around, have got pace up front, they can pass it, they can change the system and to be fair today they have got out of jail because we could have helped our goal difference. We've had a penalty that was not given. He's probably the only man in the world, never mind Lincolnshire, who hasn't seen it and he's four feet from it. Their goalkeeper's made a great save from Matty (O’Halloran). I'm really, really pleased."
Wycombe: Talia, Uhlenbeek (sub 61 Easton), Silk, Johnson, Williamson, Senda, Burnell, Bloomfield (sub HT Ryan), Tyson, Stonebridge, Abbey - subs not used Dixon, Comyn-Platt, Williams
Bookings: Silk (foul 54)
Scorers: none
Boston: Abbey, West, Beevers, Ellender, McCann, O'Halloran, Noble (sub 88 Rusk), Greaves, Pitt, Kirk (sub 89 Thomas), McManus (sub 81 Thompson) - subs not used: Strong, Melton
Bookings: O'Halloran (foul 36), Beevers (foul 46)
Scorers: Kirk (14, 51)
Referee: C Webster Attendance: 2,635 (254 away end)
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