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Posted Sat 01 May 10 at 18:00 PM


Wycombe Wanderers' reign in League One was ended by a 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient on Saturday, as late goals from Ryan Jarvis and Scott McGleish sealed the Blues' relegation.

The visitors were the better side for long periods of the game but were unable to convert possession into goals, and were left to rue that fact when Jarvis struck 13 minutes from time.

With other scorelines also going against the Blues, it was going to take a minor miracle to turn matters around, and McGleish's stoppage time goal put the final nail in the coffin.

Wycombe entertain Gillingham at home on the final day of the season before preparing for life back in League Two.

Gary Waddock named an unchanged side for the fourth game running, which meant that Alex Revell retained his place up-front for his final appearance of the season before his loan spell from Southend expires.

The hosts started the brighter of the two teams but it was Wycombe who had the first opportunity. Craig Woodman's corner was headed to the edge of Orient box where Matt Bloomfield blazed his effort high over Jamie Jones' bar.

Woodman was again involved moments later, this time to clear a close range effort from former Wanderer Scott McGleish off the line.

Orient midfielder Adam Chambers was then put through on goal by that man McGleish but was denied by a wonderful fingertip save from Tom Heaton.

The home's pressure continued and Sean Thornton flashed an effort wide of Heaton's goal.

However, Gary Waddock's Wanderers responded well and enjoyed a strong spell, where numerous chances were created.

Firstly, Kevin Betsy broke free down the left before firing a low ball across the box which had to be turned behind by Ben Chorley in front of the lurking Gareth Ainsworth.

Ainsworth himself then saw a 20-yard free-kick deflect narrowly wide of Jones' right-hand upright as the Blues cranked up the pressure on Russell Slade's men.

Another forward forage from Woodman down the left brought about Wycombe's next chance. His driving run and cross was met by Ainsworth at the back post but he couldn't keep his header down.

Wycombe looked lively when sending the ball down the channels and another cutback by Matt Bloomfield from the left flank was nicely dummied by Alex Revell before Jon-Paul Pittman's right-footed drive was straight at the keeper.

Having finished the first half in the ascendancy, the visitors started the second period in the same vein and continued to probe around the Orient box, but a long-range drive from Kevin Betsy was their only effort at goal in the opening few moments.

As the home defence started to show signs of panic, Gary Waddock introduced Matt Phillips in place of Lewis Montrose and the game began to open up, with both sides getting men forward in numbers.

But as the game went on, golascoring chances looked harder to come by, as perhaps nerves and a sense of hurry pumped through the veins of both sets of players.

However, Wycombe kept plugging away, and were denied an opener by a stunning save by Jamie Jones from Matt Phillips' low drive after a smart move by the visitors.

That man Phillips seemed to be involved in every move, and a stunning run caused havoc inside the home box before the Os deflected the ball behind for a corner, moments after Stuart Beavon had come on for Jon-Paul Pittman.

But Orient needed a goal as well, and soon after Chris Westwood almost diverted past his own keeper, Harry Baker headed a cross over the top with Tom Heaton beaten.

And with the pendulum gradually swinging Orient's way, they took the lead on 77 minutes courtesy of a confident finish from Ryan Jarvis after being sent through one-on-one.

It was devastating for the Wanderers, and their last throw of the dice was to bring on striker Matt Harrold for defender Chris Westwood with ten minutes left.

Salvaging anything from the game, and indeed the season, was turning into an act of desperation, and so Wycombe began piling men into the Orient box in a bid to get a goal back.

But their fate was sealed by that man McGleish, who ended a swift counter-attacking move with a close-range finish to bring to an end Wycombe's one-year spell in League One.

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