In contrast to the Cup set-back, League form for the Under 19's during October saw the team go through the month with consecutive victories over Northampton, Barnet and Porstmouth. The game with Pompey at the Molins Sports Ground was watched by ex-Gillingham boss Tony Pullis, who was keeping tabs on his son's progress for the South Coast side.
German midfielder Kai Sudheimer continued to impress and he has since been rewarded with a scholarship with The Wanderers. 19 year old ex-Blackburn trainee John Nutter has also been signed until the end of the season having shown his worth in a couple of reserve team games for Wycombe in addition to his youth team outings. Another new signing Ryan Parsons also quickly slotted into Gary Goodchild's team plans and the ex-Marlow player won the November Youth Team Player of the Month award after a series of consistent displays.
November began with with the team crashing 3-0 at home to 2nd placed Colchester. This was followed a week later by a 1-0 home defeat to Brentford. The game against The Bees saw Wycombe 'keeper Steve Williams harshly sent-off for a challenge on a Brentford forward. Midfielder Ian Simpemba went in goal and made an excellent save from the resulting penalty to keep the score at 0-0. However, Simpemba could do nothing as the visitors snatched a late winner. The Under 19's returned to winning ways with an excellent 2-0 home victory over Gillingham where triallist Lee Disney scored on his Wycombe debut. 'Keeper Williams also conceded another penalty but this time he stayed on the pitch and saved the spot-kick.
At the end of November the Under 19's were placed 4th in the table, five points behind leaders Cambridge. A place in the top four will see a spot claimed in the Premier League 'merit' matches at the end of the season.
One thing you can guarantee by watching the Under 17 side is goals. In the seven games they played during October and November there were 49 goals! Unfortunately for John Nolan's side, two of those games saw six and seven goals conceded. However, it's not all about winning at this level as numerous players are given the chance to show their talents, many of whom are two or more years younger than the age limit for this competition.
Midfielder Mark Philo is a player who has played for both age groups this season. He's struck six times for the Under 17's, including a hat-trick in the 5-3 success over 2nd placed Brentford. The team finished November three places off the bottom of the Youth Alliance table but will be hopeful that a good run in the second-half of the season will lift them up to a more respectable position.
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The Wanderers Youth Team play their home League games at Molins Sports Ground in Princes Risborough. Admission is FREE and a programme is produced for all Under 19 fixtures.
The programme won the Wirral Programme Club Youth Team Programme of the Season for 1999/2000.
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