Wed 01 Jul 15
at 05:31 AM
By Sam Avery
Wycombe's unbeaten start came to an end against Plymouth in a match where, on another day, things could have turned out very differently.
Plymouth started the game on top and could have been in front within four minutes had striker Reuben Reid not been denied by Blues keeper Matt Ingram at the near post. However, from the resulting corner it was Reid who scored after the Chairboys failed to clear and Reid's effort deflected off Michael Harriman and trickled over the goal line.
Nevertheless, Plymouth's celebrations were short-lived when the familiar face of Jason Banton, who signed for Wycombe following his departure from Plymouth at the end of last season, scored from close range to equalise for Wycombe.
Ainsworth's men were growing in confidence and the game was almost turned on its head when a lovely weighted through ball by Harriman allowed Luke O'Nien in on goal but he could only hit the post whilst stretching.
Despite the chances, it was Plymouth who struck home next to go back in front. Jake Jervis was the man to score the second for the away side as the ball bounced off his head whilst he was on the floor and then dribbled into the Wycombe goal. Two could have been three had it not been for the fantastic reflexes of Ingram to deny a Reid header at the back post which was eventually cleared by now international capped Aaron Pierre.
The end of the first half brought superb chances for both sides. First Wycombe; a goal-mouth scramble was eventually cleared with Pilgrims goalkeeper Luke McCormick denying Gozie Ugwu and Jason Banton was also denied after his shot was blocked on the line. Plymouth also had a good opportunity to score on the stroke of half-time when a long-range effort by Graham Carey whistled just wide of the far post.
The second half contained a few glorious chances for the home side to draw level. Firstly, a mix-up at the back allowed Blues striker Garry Thompson to go through on goal but his effort came back off the inside of the post and was cleared. Then, a free-kick was whipped in by Joe Jacobson but Ugwu could only poke the ball wide with his outstretched leg after Pierre's attempt was blocked.
In the end, Wycombe just couldn't manage to find the back of the net and had to give in to a Plymouth side who had managed in the end to hold onto the lead leading to the Blues first loss of the season.