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The Big Match Preview - Bristol Rovers

Posted: Fri 26 Feb 2016
Author: @wwfcofficial

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League 2 clash with Bristol Rovers at Adams Park (k.o. 3pm).

Wycombe Wanderers vs Bristol Rovers
Saturday 27th February 2016, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ
Referee: Mr Christopher Sarginson

Having ended a winless run at home with the triumph over Exeter City a fortnight ago, Wanderers have the chance to gather pace at Adams Park with the visit of Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

The Pirates have already defeated Gareth Ainsworth's men twice in league and cup this season and arrive back in south Bucks with fresh impetus following the recent takeover by a Jordanian billionaire, who has grand plans to take the club up the leagues.

A second successive promotion could come round sooner than anyone had expected, with Rovers occupying the final play-off spot thanks to an impressive campaign so far - particularly away from home - although recent form has been indifferent with defeats in their last two away games and a poor start at home to Morecambe last weekend before turning it around to win 2-1.

Their last visit to Adams Park saw them record a 2-1 win in April 2014 which looked likely to be enough to consign Wanderers to relegation and save themselves from the drop, but Darrell Clarke's side suffered a shock defeat on the final day of the campaign which sent them down as a result of the Chairboys' victory at Torquay.

Gareth Ainsworth's men have defied the odds since that day to keep themselves amongst the front-runners in the division and sit 9th in the table with 49 points, just 12 shy of their first target of reaching 61 points.

The win against Exeter proved they can play a more tactical passing game as well as scrapping it out for points in League 2, and a similar confident approach pushed league leaders Northampton Town all the way before the Cobblers secured the win last weekend.

Wycombe and Rovers have continually leap-frogged each other all season and a home win would see the Blues jump above the Pirates once again, but nothing will be decided at this stage of the season and all that matters is building momentum at home as we head into the final two months.

Garry Thompson misses out through suspension for the final time, while Alex Lynch is sidelined through injury until April. Aaron Pierre and Paris Cowan-Hall could both be in contention as they face a race against time to recover from their knocks.

Sign for Life
Meet representatives from the NHS Organ Donor Register team as they encourage football fans to Sign for Life in the car park opposite the shop from 1pm.

Click here for more details.

First Time Fans
Read our guide for first-time fans here.

Tickets
Tickets start at £15 for adults and £7 for juniors, while under 7s go free in the family stand. The £15 ticket in the Bucks New Uni Stand (terrace) is officially the cheapest adult ticket in Sky Bet League 2.

Click here for all the details and call 01494 441118 or go online to book.

Bristol Rovers fans are accommodated in the Panache Stand.

Wycombe fans can either book online, call 01494 441118 or visit the ticket office at Adams Park.

Travel
You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service.

Adult return: £3
Adult single: £2
Concession return: £1.50
Concession single: £1

Fares are charged at the same rate regardless of where passengers board the service. Concessions are classed at under 16s and over 60s.

The service timetables are as follows.

Saturday service (for 3pm kick-offs)
Outbound:
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 13.05 and 14.05
  • Eden Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
  • Handy Cross Park & Ride – 13.25 and 14.25
  • Adams Park – 13.35 and 14.35
Return:
  • End of Hillbottom Road – 17.10
  • Handy Cross Park & Ride – 17.20
  • Eden Bus Station – 17.30
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 17.40

Parking

There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car. There is also a new car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car, the proceeds of which are split between the club and the Rennie Grove charity.

Spaces for pass holders in the club car park are guaranteed up until 2.30pm, after which time the lower tier becomes closed to vehicles due to high pedestrian traffic.

The club reserves 10 disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders in close proximity to the entrances to the stadium, which are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Where to go
Buying tickets - ticket offices 1&2 (open from 1pm)
Collecting pre-booked tickets (WWFC fans) - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Collecting pre-booked tickets (away fans) - marquee
Ticket enquiries - shop (far-left)
Shop - through the arch
Hospitality and boardroom guests - through the arch to the reception desk
Media - through the arch to the reception desk
Players and officials - designated entrance to the right of the shop
Scouts - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm and remain open after the match.
  • Vere Suite - home fans only. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Scores - home fans only.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - away fans only. Serves bottled and canned drinks and food is available from the adjacent Food Shack.
Please note the local Hourglass pub has been designated away fans only; Chairboys fans are encouraged to use the Scores and Vere Suite bars at Adams Park.

All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls, with the exception of the marquee.

Inside the stadium, each stand is serviced by a kiosk serving hot and cold food and drink.

The Vere Suite will host a Q&A with a Wanderers player after the game.

Quarters
This week's matchday programme includes reports from the last two games plus the views of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield and Joe Jacobson, while Rory Stringer gives us his Away Days view of Northampton, James Wilson takes part in 'Me and my Wycombe' and Rovers fan Max Alderson gives us the lowdown on his side.

This edition is 64 pages and costs £3.

50/50 matchday draws
The club operates two matchday draws giving fans the chance to win a cash prize. Purchase your blue £1 or orange £2 tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize fund and the other 50% goes to support club projects.

Matchday timetable
12pm - car park, bars, shop and ticket office open.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2.05pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.15pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
3pm - kick-off.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Vere Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Vere Suite and Scores bars open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Vere Suite.

Live commentary
Tune in to Chairboys PlayerHD for live commentary from 2.55pm. Click here for details of how to subscribe.