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Saturday 28th August 2004
Football League 'League Two'
Ian Stonebridge and Nathan Tyson celebrate with last minute scorer Shahed Ahmed Wanderers recorded a confidence boosting 2-0 victory at Kidderminster to move up to fifth place in the League Two table. Nathan Tyson opened the scoring on 21 minutes when he sent a low shot from the left channel past Jon Danby in the Harriers goal. Wycombe sealed the points in the final minute when Tyson unselfishly centred from the left for substitute Shahed Ahmed to knock in at the far post. Wanderers now have two away victories in one season and it's only August.
For Wanderers first visit to Kidderminster for nearly twelve years Tony Adams made two changes to the starting XI who had lost to Bristol City in the Carling Cup the previous Tuesday - Mike Williamson had recovered from his deadleg and replaced Roger Johnson in a back four, while Keith Ryan came in for glandular fever victim Joe Burnell.
After a quiet opening the game sprung into life in the 11th minute when Williamson kicked fresh air at a Kidderminster cross from the right but thankfully for Wycombe the loose ball was fired wide of the target. Three minutes later at the other end Ian Stonebridge continued to show his potential when he saw a shot blocked from the left channel and then seconds later he produced an even better effort that Dandy was grateful to see hit his far post.
Wanderers' pressure finally paid off in the 21st minute when former Wanderer Stuart Roberts wayward pass was intercepted by Clint Easton who sent the ball down the left wing where Tyson picked up possession before finishing in clinical style with a low shot into the far corner of the net.
Tyson almost doubled the lead in the 34th minute when another effort from the left was tipped over by Danby. However, Wanderers were nearly pegged back level when Williamson sliced a clearance from the Wycombe right that appeared to be looping into his own goal before Frank Talia made a brilliant recovery to back peddle and tip the ball over. Simon Brown fired wide from a good position at the far post from the resulting corner as Wanderers survived until the break with the one goal lead intact.
Half-time Kidderminster 0 Wycombe 1
Kicking towards the Wycombe fans behind the goal, Wanderers had by far the better of the second period and Tyson came with an inch or so of making it 2-0 on 56 minutes when a lightning turn of pace down the left culminated in a low shot that flashed past Danby, hit the far post and came back across the face of the goal before being cleared.
Talia was forced into a rare save on the hour mark when he denied Jesper Christiansen's shot from the left side of the penalty area. Christiansen was also guilty of missing Harriers' best chance to equalise in the dying minutes when he sent a header straight at Talia from an unmarked position.
Scorer Shahed Ahmed celebratesBy this stage former Wimbledon trainee Shahed Ahmed had replaced a disappointing Adam Birchall in the Wycombe front line. However, it was Tyson who was still Wycombe's main source of threat to Jan Molby's side. He saw another shot from the left tipped over by Danby on 75 minutes and then in stoppage time he shrugged off two challenges before sliding the ball across to the far post for Ahmed to score his first ever Football League goal. The 19 year old seemed to enjoy it along with travelling contingent from Wycombe.
Final Score - Kidderminster 0 Wycombe 2
Speaking after the game Tony Adams said he was delighted with the way his side had continued the improvement from the midweek defeat to Bristol City, this coming on the back of a 3-0 home disaster to Rochdale. Adams commented to BBC Three Counties "It's just lovely to say to the lads if you keep performing like that, keep knocking the ball about like that then you are going to get the result. The reaction on Tuedsay was fantastic and I asked them in my team talk today to give me the same kind of energy and they did." However, Adams was critical of striker Nathan Tsyon who he claimed was 'very poor' in the opening stages, adding "Nathan took his time to get going. I said some strong words to him at half-time and in the second-half he responded. He was much more lively in the second-half and terrorised them and we know Nathan can do that."
Meanwhile, Harriers boss Jan Molby said his side lacked energy, passing and enthusiasm and added about Wycombe to their official website, "Wycombe have gone out and paid money for their front two in Stonebridge and Tyson, and they are very good at this level and were a handful. We'll never really find out how good they (Wycombe) are as a side because we were never in a position to test them today, but on the evidence of this game, they were better than we were."
Wycombe: Talia, Uhlenbeek, Silk, Williamson, Nethercott, Senda, Ryan, Easton, Tyson, Birchall (sub 69 Ahmed), Stonebridge - subs not used: Johnson, Dixon, Martin, Williams
Bookings: Ahmed (encroaching 78)
Scorers: Tyson (21), Ahmed (90)
Kidderminster: Danby, Jenkins, Hatswell, Viveash, Burton, Russell (sub 52 Appleby), Keates, Advice-Desruisseaux (sub 52 Mellon), Brown, Christiansen, Roberts (sub 69 Foster) - subs not used: Lewis, McHale
Bookings: none
Scorers: none
Referee: Phil Prosser Attendance: 2,444 (away 364)
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