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Basingstoke Town 1
Wycombe Wanderers 3
Tuesday 28th July 2015
Goals from Marcus Bean, Anthony Stewart and a superb strike from new signing Ryan Sellers eased Wycombe past Basingstoke Town in a pre-season friendly at The Camrose. The match saw 'keeper Matt Ingram play the full 90 minutes as he continued his return from injury, while trialists Stephen McGinn and Jake Gray also featured for Gareth Ainsworth's side. Meanwhile, the home side, included former Wanderers James Harper and Robert Rice in their line-up. Harper made five loan appearances for Wycombe in January 2012 while he was at Hull City. Rice, a former Youth Team player with Wanderers, has clocked up over 120 appearances for Basingstoke after being released by Wycombe in May 2009 with just two First Team apps to his name. Elsewhere, Wycombe defender Sido Jombati was returning to the Club where he was Player of the Season in the 2008/9 campaign.
The major talking point after the match was Sellers strike to make it 3-0 on 58 minutes. The former Bolton Wanderers youngster struck home, off the underside of the bar, from close to 40 yards out and with what is supposed to be his weaker right foot. Before Sellers strike, and with the wind behind them at the Conference South side's ground, Bean had given Wycombe the lead on the half-hour when he converted from a corner having seen efforts from Paul Hayes, Aaron Pierre and Sellers blocked.
Trailist McGinn saw the home 'keeper save his effort on 38 minutes after Aaron Amadi-Holloway (his prefered name) set up the Scottish midfielder. Pierre and Sellers also went close before the break with Joe Jacobson the provider on both occasions.
Stewart doubled Wycombe's lead eight minutes into the second-period when he slipped a defender before firing home from the edge of the box. Five minutes later Sellers rocket sealed the victory for Wycombe who then made multiple substitutions, including trialist Jake Gray. The 19 year old is currently on the books of Crystal Palace but is former Wanderer having been part of the Centre of Excellence before its demise in June 2012.
The home pulled a goal back on 70 minutes when David Ray headed home a corner from Soares but the result was never in doubt and Wycombe will look back at this game as very useful exercise in proving the adaptabilty of several of the new faces in the squad.
Full-time - Basingstoke 1 Wycombe 3
Speaking after the game, Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth told the press: "The wins aren't always the focus of pre-season but it's nice to get them. We are getting towards the end of pre-season now where you do start to concentrate more on results and what happens in games but I thought performance wise we were superior first half and really dominated the game." He added:"It's pleasing to see that the things we are doing are paying off. I thought we looked solid all over the pitch." The Wycombe admitted that the Basingstoke goal had come from sloppy defender but that had come after a raft of substitutes made in order to get the majority of the squad up to match fitness. Ainsworth concluded that he was really pleased: "It's a good work out for us. It's a tough place to come for a lot of teams but a good performace and the right result tonight."
Commenting on the new signings and how they seemed to haved gelled with the remainder of the squad. he said:"They are intelligent boys. We do our homework thoroughly. We can't just cast the net and sign five players and hope that two are OK. Every single one has got to fit in with what we do and the way we are. The money we pay them is precious. It's right down to the last pound. There's no where to be frivilous with the Club's money. It's really important that myself and the coaches get it right with recruitment. So far so good but it's early days, there's no over confidence here. I know how tough League Two is and we will be doing all we can in the next few days training to make sure we have got everything covered and go through everything we need to go through before the first ball is kicked in the League."
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