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NATIONWIDE Division Two Blackpool v WYCOMBE
Saturday 25th September
Division Two
Chris Vinnicombe - finally got his chance at Blackpool
picture with kind permission of Paul Dennis - see belowWycombe maintained their unbeaten record at Bloomfield Road where two goals in as many first half minutes helped The Wanderers to a 2-1 victory. In six visits to the seaside town Wycombe have yet to lose with three victories and three draws being recorded. Wycombe are now tenth in the table with 13 points from 9 games.
On Saturday Wycombe fans enjoyed the terrace sunshine as loan 'keeper Stephen Bywater made his debut in a Wycombe shirt. Paul McCarthy also returned to the team after missing the last two games with a leg injury.
After a slow Wycombe forced their first corner on 9 minutes. Two minutes Sean Devine had a good chance from close range but the came to him at chest height and he was unable to force the ball goalwards. Michael Simpson slid the ball in from the right after 14 minutes but this time Devine scooped the ball wide. Blackpool took the lead against the run of play on 15 minutes. A deep ball in from the right wing by Marvin Bryan was headed back by John Murphy to Brett Ormerod who turned and shot past Bywater after Bates had given The Seasiders top scorer too much space. Alan Beeton had to leave the pitch on a stretcher after 19 minutes and was replaced by Chris Vinnicombe. Wycombe's goal flurry came five minutes before the break. Matt Lawrence crossed from the right, Brown and Ryan knocked the ball on before Devine's angled shot (or cross?) was parried by Tony Caig into the path of a grateful Jermaine McSporran who tapped in from a close range. Three minutes later McSporran repaid the compliment when he set off on an individual run down the left before seeing his low shot squirm out of Caig's grip and to the feet of Devine who slotted in from an almost identical position as Wycombe's first goal. Devine could have added a third a minute before the break as the game swung totally in Wycombe's favour.
Half-time Blackpool 1 Wycombe 2
Wycombe put up a mainly rear-guard action in the second-half with Sanchez opting to replace Steve Brown with Jason Cousins and later McSporran with Andy Baird. Blackpool's best chance to equalise came in the 65th minute when Oremrod set up Jim Whitley but he shot well wide. The Wycombe defence stood firm and Bywater's only serious contribution to the game was being booked for time wasting in the 87th minute as Blackpool's accuracy in front of goal let them down badly. Carroll had a chance to wrap it all up in the 77th minute but Caig pushed his effort around the post.
By no means a classic game but Wycombe showed their character by digging out the three points after falling behind. With two consecutive home games to come, including the derby with Reading, Wycombe now have the chance to show the rest of the League that Sanchez's team should be taken seriously.
Final Score Blackpool 1 Wycombe 2
WYCOMBE TEAM: Bywater, Lawrence, Beeton (sub 19 Vinnicombe), McCarthy, Bates, Brown (sub 66 Cousins), Carroll, Ryan, McSporran (sub 75 Baird), Devine, Simpson subs not used Emblen and Osborn Att:3,452
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