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NATIONWIDE Division Two WYCOMBE v Bristol Rovers
Saturday 5th November
Division Two
Sean Devine came to the rescue as Wycombe snatched a draw against the early Division Two pacesetters Bristol Rovers at Adams Park on Saturday. Devine's 66th minute effort cancelled out Nathan Ellington's long range strike ten minutes earlier. Ellington had been drafted into the Rovers side for suspended top scorer Jason Roberts.
Mark Rogers - new contract this weekFor Wycombe, Canadian Mark Rogers continued at the back after being kept in the side for the League game at Oldham. Central defender Rogers made a nervous full debut in the FA Cup tie with Oxford City after being thrown into the right-back position but showed his real character in the battle at Boundary Park - ending the game with his head bandaged. Lawrie Sanchez has obviously been impressed with the determination of Rogers and has given him a one-year extension to his contract in the same week as his 24th birthday. Other team news for Wycombe saw Dave Carroll still out through injury while Matt Lawrence completed his three match suspension. Keith Ryan was rested after picking up a dead leg in the game at Oldham. It was Ryan's replacement, Paul Emblen, who had Wycombe's only serious attempt on goal in the first half - shooting wide from a good position after Devine had delivered from the right after 10 minutes. A scrappy first-half saw Jamie Bates booked for what looked like a perfectly timed challenge and Alan Beeton was also shown a yellow card for a rash challenge as the disciplinary spectre begins to rear it ugly head again. Rovers Ronnie Mauge was also booked for taking out Chris Vinnicombe on the half-way line.
Half-time 0-0
Wycombe should have taken the lead five minutes into the second-half but Devine's shot lacked power and accuracy after Michael Simpson had turned a right wing ball from Andy Baird into the path of Wycombe's top scorer. Five minutes later Wycombe were behind when goal-kick Lee Jones deceived Bates and Ellington thumped home from 20 yards. It could of been worse just after the hour mark when Martin Taylor blocked another Ellington effort - this time inside the box as the Wycombe defence were left ball watching. By this time Sanchez had thrown on McSporran for Vinnicombe and it was the ex-Oxford City player who had a major hand in the equaliser. His run from midfield ended with a deep cross that Jones could only slap into the path of Simpson and when the shot was blocked Devine picked himself off the floor to smash in his tenth League goal of the season.  McSporran also had a chance in the dying moments to take all three points but most Wycombe fans were happy to settle for a point. Wycombe remain in 12th place in the table with 22 points from 16 games.
Final Score Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 1
WYCOMBE TEAM: Taylor, Rogers, Vinnicombe (sub 61 McSporran), Cousins, Bates, Brown, Brown, Simpson, Emblen (sub 77 Harkin), Devine, Baird (sub 86 Senda) subs not used Osborn and Bulman Att:5,167
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