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Wycombe Wanderers 2
Tuesday 7th December 2004
Football League 'League Two'
Nathan Tyson Nathan Tyson scored twice as Wanderers came from behind to force a draw at Bury in John Gorman's first League game in charge. Gorman made two changes to the starting line-up that had lost 3-0 at home to Luton in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Wycombe boss made positional changes too. Craig Faulconbridge returned to the starting line-up for the first time since April. He replaced Ian Stonebridge in Wycombe's forward line while Stuart Nethercott was the surprise addition to the Wycombe midfield with Gus Uhlenbeek dropping back into defence in favour of Gary Silk. Jonny Dixon was added to the squad following his return from Aldershot and took his place on the bench. Clint Easton and Joe Burnell remained unavailable through injury.
Not surprisingly it took the re-jigged Wycombe line-up time to adjust and and it was the home side who had the better of the opening exchanges against a shaky looking Wanderers defence. It was Tony Craig's loss of possession in the 8th minute that allowed 19 year old Dave Nugent in to open the scoring when he fired between the Wanderers defence from just inside the penalty area - striking a low shot into the corner of Frank Talia's goal.
Bury continued to dominate the next 30 minutes or so before Wanderers began to show signs of getting back into the game. However, Mike Williamson and Roger Johnson deat with most attacks thrown at them and two minutes before the break Steve Guppy's free-kick hit the Bury wall and Uhlenbeek shaved the post with his follow-up shot. Then in stoppage time Tyson and Faulconbridge combined, with the latter sending in a powerful shot that whistled just wide.
Half-time Bury 1 Wycombe 0
Wanderers did not build on the good finish to the first period and Nugent could have added to his tally when he forced Talia to saved within a minute of the restart. Wycombe remained bogged down in their own-half and seemed to be devoid of any ideas of creating an attack until a goal out of the blue on 61 minutes. Uhlenbeek lost possession but Nethercott found Tyson around 25 yards from goal and Wanderers' top scorer chested the ball down before running on and then firing home a left foot shot from the edge of the penalty area. However, Wycombe were behind again four minutes later when Nugent scored his 11th goal of the season after beating Mike Williamson for pace as he ran from midfield and finished past Talia from 15 yards. Colin Woodthorpe was sent-off in the 72nd minute for a second bookable offence following a bad retalitory challenge on Nethercott after Uhlenbeek had initiated proceedings with a rough tackle of his own on Chris Porter. The home side were claiming that Uhlenbeek should have walked too having also picked up an earlier card but he remained much to the displeasure of the sparse home crowd.
Wanderers went on to make the most of the one man advantage when Tony Craig's corner from the right on 79 minutes was headed on by Roger Johnson and when Andy Marriott parried the ball away, Tyson was the first to react to stab the ball home from close range for his ninth goal of the season and make the journey home a little more bearable for the small group of travelling supporters from Wycombe.
Final Score - Bury 2 Wycombe 2
Speaking in the press conference after the game, John Gorman commented "We knew it was always going to be a hard game coming here but I am delighted to collect a point from what was not a very pretty match. Frank Talia turned things for us with his fabulous save at the start of the second half and full credit to Roger Johnson at the back, who played like a man." The Wycombe boss also praised the players he had brought into the side, adding "I thought Craig Faulconbridge was absolutely outstanding and was the best player on our team tonight.We made changes that saw Nethercott come into the midfield and do an excellent job with his experience and verbal encouragement."
Meanwhile, Bury boss Graham Barrow was fuming at the match officials after the game, saying "One player has been sent off and the other hasn't, there is no excuse for what Colin Woodthorpe did, and he will be dealt with, but there is no excuse for there right back to stay on the pitch.". He added "The performance was top draw and their goalkeeper must have been sick to death of them being under so much pressure to pass back to him all the time. The officials are talking a different game, one said it was a trip by us, another has said they didn't see it, another has seen it but all he saw was Colin Woodthorpe run 30 yards. Why none of them saw the stamp on Kennedy's leg, I don't know."
Wycombe: Talia, Uhlenbeek, Johnson, Williamson, Craig, Ryan, Nethercott (sub 83 Silk), Senda, Guppy (sub 72 Stonebridge), Tyson, Faulconbridge - subs not used: Dixon, Bloomfield, Williams
Bookings: Uhlenbeek (58 foul), Ryan (foul 74)
Scorers: Tyson (61, 79)
Bury: Marriott, Unsworth, Kennedy, Swailes, Challinor, Woodthorpe, Whaley, Flitcroft (sub 83 Scott), Barry-Murphy, Nugent (sub 87 Newby), Porter (sub 83 Kazim-Richards) - subs not used: Smith, Dunfield
Bookings: Woodthorpe (45 dissent)
Red Card: Woodthorpe (72 foul - second yellow card)
Scorers: Nugent (8, 66)
Referee: M Warren Attendance: 1,866 (102 away end)
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