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Wycombe v Bristol Rovers - abandoned

Posted: Sat 25 Aug 2012
Author: Club reporter

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Wycombe’s npower League 2 fixture against Bristol Rovers on Saturday was abandoned after 65 minutes on health and safety grounds.

A bolt of lightning struck the Dreams Stand - where the Bristol Rovers fans were housed – leaving no other option but to cancel proceedings. 

The proximity of electric pylons behind the stand were also a factor in the safety officer’s decision. 

Richard Logan almost capitalised on some poor Bristol Rovers defending in the third minute when Beavon’s deflected cross wasn’t dealt with, but he could only head straight at Sam Walker after seeing an initial effort blocked.

The visitors took the lead in the ninth minute when David Clarkson broke free down the left and cut the ball back for Lee Brown to fire high past Bull from 10 yards. 

Wanderers responded well and Stuart Beavon was denied by a fine last-ditch challenge from Adam Virgo following a quick break involving Stuart Lewis and Charles Dunne. 

The equaliser didn’t take long in coming, though and Richard Logan headed in his first goal for the club to draw the sides level in the 13thminute. 

Good play from Beavon saw Matt Spring receive the ball on the edge of the area and his floated cross was inch-perfect for Logan, who made no mistake from eight yards. 

Spring was inches away from giving the Blues the lead in the 20thminute following a clever free-kick routine. Dunne lined up the set-piece, but instead Joel Grant tapped the ball to Spring who curled just wide of the Walker’s left-hand post. 

Rovers should have restored their advantage in the 27thminute when Matt Harrold headed back to Eliot Richards, but he fired over the bar from no more than 10 yards with the whole goal to aim at.

Harrold saw an effort deflected narrowly over by Winfield, but the visitors took a stranglehold on the game with two goals in as many minutes. 

Richards grabbed them both with the first coming from 25 yards after Wanderers failed to clear their lines. His second was an unstoppable 10-yard strike that flew into the top corner after Dunne’s defensive header fell kindly for him. 

Rain poured down during the interval making the start of the second half a lottery. Players were struggling to keep their footing and the ball wasn’t running true as Clarkson found out as he looked set tap in Rovers’ fourth.

The players were finally called off the pitch after 65 minutes and after a 15-minute delay the match was abandoned. 

Wycombe: Bull, Stewart, Dunne, Doherty (c), Winfield, Grant, Spring, Lewis, Angol (Ainsworth 63), Logan, Beavon.

Subs: Harrison, Basey, Johnson, Ainsworth, Oli, Kewley-Graham, McClure.

Bristol Rovers: Walker, Smith, Paterson, Virgo, Parkes, Richards, Gill (c), W Brown, L Brown, Harrold, Clarkson.  

Subs: Gough, Broghammer, Norburn, Harrison, Clucas, Lund, Lockyer.