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Team news for Wycombe saw Mike Williamson back in the side after recovering from the ankle injury that kept him out of the previous Saturday's match with Stockport County. He took the place of Aidan Collins while Dean Bowditch got his first start in a Wycombe shirt in favour of Sergio Torres. New signing Jermaine Easter was a late addition to the squad following his deadline day move from Stockport and was named as one of the substitutes which didn't include a recognised goalkeeper.
On a near perfect surface, it was Wycombe who had the majority of the possession and the better chances during the first-half. After an early scare where Matt Duke almost handled outside of his area, it was Wycombe who thought they had opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Danny Senda's cross from the right saw Tommy Mooney direct a header against the post and into the arms of a grateful Lee Harper in the Cobblers goal. Three minutes later Bowditch saw Harper push his effort wide after the Ipswich Town loanee had angled in a shot from the right of goal.
Wanderers finished the half on top when Duke's free-kick upfield was played on by Kevin Betsy who found Matt Bloomfield only for the latter to shoot wide.
Wycombe started the second period having made two substitutions and both thought to be due to injuries - Stefan Oakes being replaced by Sergio Torres and Dean Bowditch making way for Jermaine Easter for his first show in a Wycombe shirt.
With Wycombe reshuffled it was the home side who began to come more into the game and there was another draw of breath from the sizeable Wycombe contingent on 55 minutes when Duke fouled Andy Kirk outside the penalty area but thankfully for Wycombe the ball was running away from goal and the referee deemed a yellow card sufficient punishment.
Easter showed what he may be capable of just after the hour mark when he latched onto a Mooney flick on but the debutant's snap shot went wide of the target. But it was a rare second half chance for Wycombe and as the banter on the touchline between the respective Managers increased it was Cobblers defender Jason Crowe who was presented with the best chance to win the game on 82 minutes. However, his 'defender's finish' from 12 yards looped over the cross bar and the honours for the evening were shared. Come the end of the season it will be interesting to see who takes the real honours but it would be no surprise if the sides are playing each other in a higher division next season.
Final Score - Northampton 0 Wycombe 0
Commenting to the media after the game Wycombe Manager John Gorman said it was a good result for his side but thought it should have been three points. He added ""We had quite a few chances throughout the game together with some well worked set plays and we dominated by playing some sweet football. The defence were great at the back and we didn't give them any chances to score. In the second half they only had the one ball that flew across the face of the goal and I don't think Matt Duke had a save to make."
Meanwhile, Cobblers boss Colin Calderwood said the game was a highly quality advert for the division and indicated he was relatively pleased with the point. He added, "Our strikers have said they hardly had a sniff of a chance in the game, but high level competition will serve up tight games with few chances. In the end I think it was a creditable point, although of course we wanted all three." He went on to say "Wycombe are another team who have come here with one up front, although no doubt John Gorman will say he had three up there! In the first half our use of the ball was poor and we never really caused them any problems. We had to defend well to stay in the game but we had a better balance in the second half and did much better."
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