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Posted Sat 05 Mar 11 at 16:54 PM

REPORT: WYCOMBE 2-2 ALDERSHOT

Wycombe were left frustrated at Adams Park as Aldershot battled to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining encounter.

The Shots started brightly and opened the scoring when Luke Guttridge curled an excellent free-kick past former Shots keeper Nikki Bull and into the top corner.

However, Wycombe levelled just before the break when Danny Foster nodded home after Scott Rendell's flick had been parried by ex Blues man Jamie Young.

The home side were in front straight after the interval when Kevin Betsy fired home from 15 yards, but John Halls salvaged a point with a strike from the edge of the box 14 minutes from time.

It was the visitors who looked more threatening in the opening stages and after Peter Vincenti and Luke Guttridge fired wide from distance, it needed a headed clearance off the goal-line from Chris Westwood to maintain the deadlock as a deep cross caused problems for the Blues' defence.

But Wycombe settled and caused more danger as the half went on, with the returning Stuart Beavon and Kevin Betsy in particular forcing the Shots onto the back foot with their probing runs and neat footwork.

However, Aldershot rode the brief storm and took the lead in stunning fashion when the Blues conceded a cheap free-kick 25 yards out, giving Luke Guttridge the chance to curl a sublime effort into the top corner.

The visitors remained in the ascendancy but were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men when Danny Hylton needlessly stamped on Leon Johnson as the pair went to ground following a challenge, with the referee only showing a yellow a card to the forward.

Wycombe improved as half-time loomed and earned their equaliser following good work down the right-hand side. Kevin Betsy dinked a cross to the near post and after Jamie Young parried Scott Rendell's goalbound flick, Danny Foster was on hand to head home for his first goal for the club.

It was a strong end to what had been a slightly below-par first half for the home side and the second period began just as brightly, with Kevin Betsy netting his first goal since November with a smart finish into the bottom corner. The winger was picked out in acres of space by Scott Rendell's deft header and he gave Jamie Young no chance to put the Blues in front.

And he could have had a second moments later when he raced through one-on-one, but as the ball got caught up on a bobbly pitch, the defender recovered to put him under pressure and he could only shoot straight at the keeper.

Wycombe were looking rampant, and Stuart Beavon came close to stretching the lead when he fired across the face of goal from a narrow angle, with none of his team-mates able to capitalise by diverting it home.

Then Darren Jones almost put through his own net after a silky run from Matt Bloomfield before Stuart Lewis saw another thunderbolt from distance ripple the side netting, just 11 days after his memorable brace against Burton.

Ben Strevens was gifted a great chance on 70 minutes when he found space inside the box but he lifted his effort over the crossbar, with Wycombe looking for the goal their dominant play deserved.

But the missed chances came back to haunt them when they failed to clear a cross from the left and when it was knocked to the edge of the box, John Halls was given time and space to lash through a crowd of players to level the scores with 14 minutes remaining.

Jermaine McGlashan's effort was then deflected behind for a corner as both sides pushed for the winner, with the ball flashing from end to end, while Stuart Beavon drew a flying save from Jamie Young at the other end after Anthony Charles midjudged a bouncing ball.

With the tension growing, Leon Johnson sent a looping header against the bar before Matt Bloomfield nodded the rebound into Young's arms, but not even the late introductions of Jon-Paul Pittman and Scott Donnelly could produce a winner and the Blues had to settle for a point.


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