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Posted Sat 15 Jan 11 at 17:33 PM


Wycombe came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Lincoln City thanks to a brace from left-back Andy Sandell.

The visitors started poorly and fell behind when Gavin McCallum lashed home a volley from 18 yards, but the scores were level moments later when a free-kick from Sandell deceived home keeper Joe Anyon and found the back of the net.

There was drama on 34 minutes when Kevin Betsy won a penalty for the visitors, suffering an injury in the process, but Ben Strevens' effort from 12 yards was kept out by Anyon.

However, Sandell's header from six yards before the break ensured they wouldn't rue that miss and they held on to move up to 2nd place in League 2.

Gary Waddock made two changes for the trip to Sincil Bank, recalling Dave Winfield and Ben Strevens to the starting XI at the expense of Alan Bennett and Scott Donnelly.

Lincoln were the first to threaten inside four minutes when a mishap from Dave Winfield gifted Ashley Grimes a chance, but the Millwall loanee was thwarted by the onrushing Nikki Bull.

The hosts continued to impress and Josh O'Keefe hit the base of the post after pinball in the Wycombe box, while, at the other end, Ben Strevens' volley was gathered by Joe Anyon.

Grimes was then presented with a golden opportunity to give Steve Tilson's men the advantage but, after latching onto Delroy Facey's flick-on, the youngster fired over from 15 yards.

Lincoln finally took the lead on 17 minutes when Gavin McCallum sent a ferocious volley into the top right corner from just outside the Wycombe box.

Wanderers were level just two minutes later, though, when Andy Sandell's 30-yard free-kick deceived Imps keeper Anyon.

Lifted by Sandell's goal - Wycombe's first in three games - the Blues nearly went ahead but Marvin McCoy's long-range effort came crashing back off the crossbar.

Having taken a stranglehold of proceedings, Wycombe were then given the ideal opportunity to take the lead when Kevin Betsy was tripped inside the Lincoln box, a foul which saw Betsy stretchered from the field with a nasty looking injury. Strevens was handed the responsibility from 12 yards, but his spot-kick was saved by Anyon diving away to his right.

However, Wanderers were not to be denied and Sandell grabbed his second five minutes later when he headed home from close-range after Lincoln failed to clear Chris Westwood's initial effort.

Substitute Scott Donnelly spurned a good chance to stretch the lead just before the interval when he lashed over the bar from 12 yards and the visitors ended the half on top, holding an advantage which had looked so unlikely during their poor start.

The opening to the second period was far tighter than the topsy-turvy 45 minutes which preceded it, with only half chances for Albert Jarrett and Stuart Beavon threatening to add to the scoresheet as Wycombe looked to use the benefit of having the wind behind them to their advantage.

But their early defensive woes returned to haunt them and they were grateful to the heroics of keeper Nikki Bull for maintaining their lead, who denied Albert Jarrett's close-range toe-poke and Stuart O'Keefe's long-range piledriver in quick succession.

Another free-kick from Andy Sandell almost secured an unlikely hat-trick for the left-back when his swirling cross from the right evaded everyone and came close to nestling in the far corner with the keeper beaten.

Then came a chance for Stuart Beavon to put the game out of sight when Gareth Ainsworth lofted a well-weighted ball into the area, but the striker lifted his header over the crossbar from an unmarked position.

And another opportunity presented itself with nine minutes on the clock with a header from Matt Bloomfield which drew a fine save from Joe Anyon after Ben Strevens turned Gareth Ainsworth's cross back across goal.

It was Ainsworth's last action of the game as he left the pitch to an excellent reception from all supporters, having enjoyed two successful seasons with the Imps earlier on his career, as Lewis Montrose came on in his place.

The Blues seemed to have shrugged off the frailties which had dogged them earlier in the game and looked comfortable as the seconds ticked away, holding on for the three points to ensure Gary Waddock's side returned to winning ways after a disappointing week.


4mins: SAVE - Nikki Bull denies Ashley Grimes from close range after a Dave Winfield mishap.

7mins: CHANCE - Josh O'Keefe hits the post from a tight angle after pinball in the Wycombe box.

9mins: SAVE - Ben Strevens' volley from the edge of the Imps' box is comfortably gathered by Joe Anyon.

13mins: CHANCE - After latching onto Delro Facey's flick-on, Grimes fires over the top from 15 yards out.

18mins: GOAL - Gavin McCallum gives Lincoln the lead in stunning fashion, volleying past Bull from the apex of Wycombe's box.

19mins: GOAL - Anyon gifts the Blues an equaliser, diving past Andy Sandell's speculative free-kick.

22mins: CHANCE - Marvin McCoy's crashing 25-yard drive comes back off Lincoln's crossbar.

34mins: PENALTY - Kevin Betsy is tripped by Danny Hone inside the box after cutting in from the left.

35mins: SUB - Betsy is replaced by Scott Donnelly.

35mins: SAVE - Anyon saves Strevens' weak spot-kick diving away to his right.

39mins: GOAL - Sandell heads home from close-range as Wycombe come from behind to lead at Sincil Bank.

44mins: CHANCE - Scott Donnelly lifts his shot over the bar.

54mins: SAVE - Nikki Bull hangs on to Albert Jarrett's low daisy-cutter.

62mins: SAVE - Bull denies Jarrett after neither Sandell or Donnelly cut out a cross from the left.

63mins: SAVE - Bull denies O'Keefe's powerful drive from 25 yards.

64mins: YELLOW - A high tackle from Scott Donnelly earns a yellow card.

66mins: SUB - Paul Green is replaced by Jamie Clapham.

69mins: CHANCE - Andy Sandell's curling free-kick goes just past the post.

71mins: CHANCE - Stuart Beavon heads Gareth Ainsworth's cross over the bar.

75mins: SUB - Albert Jarrett comes off for Ben Hutchinson.

81mins: SAVE - Anyon keeps out Matt Bloomfield's header.

82mins: SUB - Gareth Ainsworth is replaced by Lewis Montrose.

83mins: SAVE - Anyon denies Stuart Lewis.

90+1mins: YELLOW - Ashley Grimes talks his way into the book.

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