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Macclesfield Town 5
Monday 2nd January 2006
Football League 'League Two'
Russell Martin thumps in a screamer against Macclesfield to level the scores at 3-3 Wanderers came back from 3-0 down to lead 4-3 before finalling succumbing to a 5-4 defeat to Macclesfield Town at Adams Park on Holiday Monday. Fielding an unchanged line-up to the one that had won at Bristol Rovers on New Year's Eve, Wanderers were 3-0 down inside the first 13 minutes. Clyde Wijnhard struck first in the 3rd minute when he followed a shot from Danny Whitaker from the right of the box that Talia could only palm into the striker's path. Whitaker made it two in the 10th minute when he thumped home through a crowd of players following a corner from the right. Wijnhard took advantage of more poor defending to make it 3-0 with a shot from the right of the box and Wanderers looked dead and buried with the towering figure of Jon Parkin going close to a fourth for the visitors on 18 minutes when he headed an effort against the crossbar.
Rob Lee was sacrificed for Clint Easton on 25 minutes as John Gorman switched to a back three and the lifeline came on 30 minutes with penalty awarded for handball against Kevin McIntyre, with Tommy Mooney stepping up to notch his second spot kick in three days. It was Mooney again who reduced the deficit to 3-2 on 61 minutes with a low shot from the right channel that crept inside the left hand upright. The equaliser on 72 minutes was a candidate for the goal of the season and came from Russell Martin with a half-volley from 25 yards that screamed into the top corner of the Valley End net after a high ball into the Wycombe penalty area had been headed clear. It was Martin's first ever senior goal and he and many others won't forget it.
Own goal from David Morley but Wycombe couldn't hold on and lost 5-4Three minutes later Wanderers fans were in ecstasy when David Morley put through his own net after a low ball in from the right from Danny Senda. But thoughts of a dramatic victory were wiped away with a brace from Parkin as Wanderers defending was left wanting again. Parkin tucked a shot home from close range after a cross from the left on 77 minutes to level the scores at 4-4 and then on 81 minutes he looped a header over Frank Talia following a cross from the right bye-line. Wycombe huffed and puffed for another equaliser but it wasn't to be. Despite the first home League defeat of the season, Wanderers remain top of the 'League Two' table as second placed Grimsby Town lost 2-1 at home to Carlisle United.
Final Score - Wycombe 4 Macclesfield 5
John Gorman was understandably a little shell shocked when speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio after the game. He said, "It was a difficult one today because it was an emotional rollercoaster. We obviously started off horendously bad, everything they hit was a goal and they looked good." Gorman added "We got a lifeline with the penalty and to be 4-3 up was amazing and it looked like a fantastic effort for anybody to come back to come back from 3-0 down, to lead 4-3, the crowd behind them, everybody enjoying it. We were a bit excited if I'm being honest and maybe that was our downfall again for us." However, the Wycombe Manager would single out his defence for criticism, saying "I thought surely this is our day but it just all went wrong again. It wasn't our defence. As a team we were tired, the midfield maybe could have stayed with runners and we allowed them to break through and at the end of the day it was poor goals for us but good for them."
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Martin, Williamson, Johnson, Oakes, Betsy, Lee (sub 25 Easton), Bloomfield (sub HT Torres), Mooney, Griffin - subs not used: Williams, Philo, Dixon
Bookings: none
Scorers: Mooney (31 pen, 61), Martin (64), Own goal - Morley (75)
Macclesfield Town: Deasy, Sandwith, Morley, Bullock (sub 86 Briscoe), Harsley, Parkin, Whitaker, McIntyre, Wijnhard, Navarro, Teague - subs not used: McDonald, Miles, Morgan, Smart
Bookings: Harsley (64 foul), Deasy (90+ time wasting)
Scorers: Wijnhard (3, 13), Whitaker (10), Parkin (77, 81)
Referee: Mr A Penn Attendance: 5,364 (103 away end)
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