Wed 01 Jul 15
at 05:33 AM
By Sam Avery
Wycombe ended their run of defeats with a point against Carlisle United thanks to a dramatic late equaliser by captain Paul Hayes.
Wycombe went into the game on the back of three consecutive league defeats, but almost had the perfect start inside 10 seconds. A short backpass from Troy Archibald-Henville allowed Garry Thompson to go through on goal; he was denied by Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie but then the ball fell to Hayes and his effort was blocked off the line by defender David Atkinson.
Hayes nearly had the Blues in front five minutes later but his close-range finish was ruled out for offside.
Then came more drama as Carlisle's Luke Joyce was sent off by referee Robert Lewis for a dangerous tackle on Sam Wood, midway through the first half. A straight red card meant Carlisle were down to ten men.
Aaron Pierre had a great chance to score just before half-time but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Despite having one man less than their opponent, it was the visitors who took the lead early in the second half when centre-back Archibald-Henville got on the end of a corner. It was delivered from the right and he powered his header past Alex Lynch and into the roof of the net.
Wycombe began to pile on the pressure since being a goal down and Pierre was denied by the leg of Mark Gillespie ten minutes into the second half.
Into the last ten minutes of the game and the hosts had a number of chances to equalise. Firstly, a Marcus Bean shot from just outside the box came back off the bar. Then came another long range effort, this time from Pierre five minutes later, but Gillespie was equal to it. Then another opportunity for Hayes as the ball fell to him inside the six-yard box with his back to goal but his acrobatic shot went just wide of the far post.
It was Hayes however who got the goal on the 90th minute with a beautiful lob over Gillespie from just inside a crowded Carlisle box. Luke O'Nien's cross fell to Hayes after the Carlisle keeper couldn't punch it far away after coming out of his goal, Hayes brought it down with his chest and fired a lovely controlled chip looped over Gillespie and into the net.
The point puts an end to three consecutive league defeats and Paul Hayes has his first goal of the season since his return from injury.