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Posted Sat 15 Oct 11 at 16:59 PM


Wycombe recorded a superb 3-1 victory at Hartlepool on Saturday as goals from Scott Donnelly, Stuart Beavon and an own goal from Sam Collins secured a first away win since August.

Donnelly broke the deadlock on 15 minutes when he tapped home from close range after Ben Strevens' shot was blocked, and Beavon doubled the lead with a superb piece of skill and composed finish before the break.

Collins converted Danny Foster's cross into his own net to make the points safe before Adam Boyd netted a consolation penalty for the hosts.

Jordan Ibe came off the bench in stoppage time to become the youngest ever player to represent the Blues in the Football League.

Strevens was recalled to the starting line-up at the expense of youngster Kadeem Harris for the trip to the north east.

It was his strike partner Beavon who registered the game's first shot on target when he forced a smart stop from Scott Flinders after robbing Paul Murray 30 yards out.

The visitors took a deserved lead just two minutes later courtesy of Scott Donnelly's close-range finish after Strevens' low drive had been saved by Flinders.

Hartlepool applied some immediate pressure with two crosses from Neil Austin causing problems in the Wycombe defence, but the Blues held firm and could have gone further ahead shortly afterwards through Beavon's 20-yard effort which stung the palms of a busy Flinders.

The dynamic of the game changed in the hosts' favour around the half-hour mark, with Antony Sweeney coming closest from a trio of chances for the hosts with a header which went just past Nikki Bull's right-hand post.

But the Blues dealt Mick Wadsworth's men another blow when they increased their lead in some style on 36 minutes. After breaking up a Hartlepool attack, Martin Rowlands freed Ainsworth down the right and he crossed for Beavon, who, after expertly pirouetting past his marker, fired low into the net for his seventh goal of the season.

Ainsworth then sent an audacious 50-yard effort onto the roof of the net before Strevens headed Rowlands' free-kick wide as the Wanderers looked to add to their tally ahead of the half-time whistle.

There was a scare four minutes into the second period when James Poole lashed wide from 15 yards after pouncing on a loose ball following a cross from the right, while Neil Austin nodded wastefully over the bar from a similar position moments later.

A double change from Hartlepool was met with disapproval from the home fans and their gloom was almost deepened when Gareth Ainsworth lashed a volley into the side netting from a teasing cross from Grant Basey.

However, United were always going to apply pressure in the closing stages and they came close to halving the deficit when Adam Boyd's overhead kick needed two strong hands from Nikki Bull following Andy Monkhouse's clipped cross.

A burst forward from Gareth Ainsworth gave Wycombe a chance to put the game to bed when he beat the left-back and pulled the ball back for Scott Donnelly, but the midfielder's shot was superbly kept out with a reflex save from Scott Flinders.

Fortunately, they weren't made to rue that miss as the third goal arrived with eight minutes remaining, and it was centre-back Sam Collins who put Danny Foster's cross through his own net to seal the points for Wycombe.

There was one blot on the copybook when referee Darren Drysdale awarded a soft penalty to the home side with three minutes remaining for an alleged handball by Ben Strevens, and Adam Boyd rolled the ball home to make it 3-1.

Nevertheless, that was quickly forgotten as Gary Waddock handed a debut to Jordon Ibe in stoppage time, meaning the attacker becomes the youngest ever player to represent the club in the Football League at the age of just 15 years and 311 days.

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