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The Big Match Preview: Chesterfield vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

27 April 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Chesterfield vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 28th April 2018, k.o. 3pm
Proact Stadium
Referee: Anthony Backhouse


The biggest Chairboys away following of the season will embark on the Proact Stadium as the promotion race hots up with just 180 minutes of the regular season to play.

Wycombe have lost all four league visits to Chesterfield’s new ground but avenged those disappointments with a stunning 5-0 victory in last year’s FA Cup second round clash, in which Scott Kashket bagged a hat-trick. Now they return to the Proact Stadium looking to complete the season with an unbeaten away record in 2018, but more importantly eyeing three points to retain third place with just one match remaining.

Promotion could be secured if Wanderers win, Exeter lose at Stevenage and Notts County fail to win at Grimsby, but Gareth Ainsworth’s mind will be focused solely on the action in front of him rather than checking scorelines elsewhere as Wycombe seek a return to form following last weekend’s loss to Accrington. They have only suffered defeat to one team in the bottom 14 all season – Morecambe, twice – and have hopes of completing the double over the Spireites, who they defeated 1-0 at Adams Park in December.

Chesterfield are already relegated to the National League, and this week parted company with boss Jack Lester and a number of backroom staff, leaving Ainsworth’s former QPR team-mate Ian Evatt in caretaker charge.

Team News
Caretaker boss Ian Evatt could make a series of changes after being impressed by the second string’s performance in a local cup final in midweek, Sam Hird, Giles Coke and Dylan Mottley-Henry are injured but former Chairboys striker Gozie Ugwu could return.

Sido Jombati and Adebayo Akinfenwa have made the trip following treatment on groin and calf injuries respectively, while Luke O’Nien is fit again after illness. Anthony Stewart and Dan Scarr are the only absentees.

Man in the Middle
In his first season as an EFL official, Anthony Backhouse has shown 100 yellow and seven red cards in 32 games so far.

This is his first ever game involving the Chairboys, though he was in the middle for the Spireites’ loss at Bradford in the FA Cup.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their orange and grey change strip.

Tickets
Wanderers have sold over 1,000 of their total allocation of 1,880 tickets.

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £20
Seniors (65+): £13
Ages 17-20: £10
16 and under: £8

Pre-booked tickets can be posted or made available to collect from Adams Park until 1pm on Friday 27th April, or from 1.30pm from Chesterfield's stadium on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: S41 8NZ (older sat navs please use S41 8LF)

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M1 (M40 to Junction 10, then A43 towards Northampton). Carry on the M1 to Junction 29. Exit here and take 2nd exit onto the A617 (signposted Chesterfield). After 5.2 miles at roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A61 (signposted Sheffield, Worksop). At the next roundabout take the 1st exit at the Tesco’s roundabout (Lockford Lane). At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Sheffield Road, B6057. The stadium is on the left just past Tesco’s entrance.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 145 (average journey time 2 hours 30 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
Note that the club car park is for permit holders only. There is nearby street parking available on side roads off the Sheffield road - if you arrive early enough. Don't think about parking in the nearby Tesco store, as the car park is patrolled on match days and you may end up having your car towed away.

Fancy using the train?
I have heard that there will be engineering works that will affect the East Midlands Trains service out of London St Pancras International on the day. Travel will be possible out of Kings Cross or Euston but with a minimum of one change. Chesterfield railway station is walkable from the stadium, although it does take between 20 and 30 minutes. If you wish to travel to the ground by bus a 5-minute walk into the town centre will enable you to catch a bus from Cavendish Street. The Club also has a shuttle bus which departs from Rose Hill by the Town Hall.

Facilities for away fans
Away supporters are normally housed in the Rubicon Print Stand at the north end of the stadium, where up to 2,112 supporters can be seated. Unlike most new stadiums, fans are housed pretty close to the pitch, ensuring good views of the playing action. The leg room is good too. The concourses are built to a high standard, with large flat screen to keep fans entertained. Note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles, entrance is by ticket only. Away fans can purchase their tickets from the small portakabin located outside the Rubicon Print (North) Stand.

Spare time before or after match?
Just across Sheffield Road from the Proact Stadium is the Spireite Pub. The pub has been recently refurbished and welcomes both home and away supporters. Nearest hostelry to the away end is the ‘Derby Tup’, a five minute walk along Sheffield Road. Further on the same road you come to the handily located North Sea Fish and Chip shop and also the Red Lion pub. Other pubs located near to the stadium such as the Stonegravels, do not admit away fans. Whilst the nearby Donkey Derby Pub which also offers food, is very busy on match days and is predominantly for home supporters. If you are in the town centre “The Rutland Arms” just by the church with the famous crooked spire is well worth a visit. Alcohol is also served inside the ground.

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Match Reports

Report: Chesterfield 1-2 Wycombe

We are going up!

28 April 2018

Dominic Gape’s second-half winner at Chesterfield will go down in Wanderers history as it secured automatic promotion to Sky Bet League One at the Proact Stadium.

A Michael Harriman own-goal put the Chairboys behind in the first-half, but Nathan Tyson levelled just before the break to set-up a second-half onslaught on the Spireites goal.

With both Exeter and Notts County losing, Wanderers knew a win would be enough, and they pushed and pushed and finally got their reward with just over 10 minutes to go, sparking jubilant scenes at full-time in the stands and on the pitch.

Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to his starting XI for this one, with Sido Jombati, Luke O'Nien, Randell Williams and Craig Mackail-Smith coming into the side. Adebayo Akinfenwa also returned to the bench.

The first opportunity of the game went to the Chairboys after five minutes; Matt Bloomfield picking up the ball on the edge, touching it out of his feet and striking wide of the near post.

Ten minutes played and Tyson used his pace to break out following a Chesterfield corner. He got to the edge of the Spireites’ box, crossed to Mackail-Smith but goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale got there first to claim.

A superb flying stop from Scott Brown to his right kept the scores level on 19 minutes. A diagonal ball found Jerome Binnom-Williams on the left. He teed it up for Joe Rowley on the edge who hit it towards the top corner with the outside of his boot but the Wanderers stopper sprung across to palm it behind.

Joe Jacobson nearly came up with the goods from a free-kick 25-30 yards out. He curled it up and over the wall and down towards the bottom right corner and Ramsdale got down well to deny the full-back midway through the first period.

Chesterfield, playing with freedom, whipped in a dangerous ball a couple of minutes later which found Kristian Dennis, he nodded towards goal but Brown was equal to it.

36 minutes gone and it was another scare for the Chairboys. Bradley Barry crossed to Binnom-Williams and he headed over.

No more let-offs for Wycombe. They found themselves behind on 39 minutes as Harriman put it in his own net. In fairness there was little the right-back could do about it; Chesterfield broke down the right, drove in, a low shot from Barry cannoned back off the post, hit Harri and went in.

Wanderers attempted to respond immediately as some good pressing from Williams almost paid off as Ramsdale’s kick from a backpass hit the forward. It didn’t fall kindly to a Wycombe shirt however and the Spireites managed to scramble clear.

With two additional minutes raised, Wycombe were level though. O'Nien did wonderfully down the right hand side of the box; he drilled it low towards the near post and Tyson bundled it home to ensure it was all-square at the break.

Half-time: Chesterfield 1-1 Wycombe

The second-half was two minutes old when Wycombe went oh so close to going in front. Jacobson’s corner found Jombati whose header deflected inches wide.

52 minutes gone and a low cross from Jombati went through a host of bodies. Tyson and Ramsdale desperately stretched for the loose ball and the ‘keeper came out on top this time.

Up the other end and Binnom-Williams continued to be a threat in the air; this time heading narrowly wide from a Spireites corner.

Luke O’Nien received the first booking of the game for a late challenge in the middle of the park on the hour mark. Soon after that Dennis could only head wide from a cross out from the left.

Wycombe made their first change on 66 minutes as Paris Cowan-Hall came on in place of Williams. Soon after that the Chairboys missed a golden opportunity to take the lead as Mackail-Smith went through one-on-one from O’Nien’s through ball. The striker bore down on goal but took a heavy touch and with Ramsdale closing it trickled agonisingly wide.

Cowan-Hall was next to go close as Gareth Ainsworth’s men cranked up the pressure. Mackail-Smith gambled on Paris’ flick-on, played it back to the forward who curled it just past the post on 72 minutes.

Back again came the Chairboys; Mackail-Smith cutting in and laying it up for Tyson to strike over with just over 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

The pressure finally paid off and it was Gape who sparked wild celebrations in the away end. JJ's corner sparked panic, it broke to midfielder who put his boot through it and it flew into the net.

Chesterfield were certainly in no mood to just lie down however as substitute Jak McCourt's effort deflected, loops up, and bounced off the woodwork with ten to play.

Mackail-Smith was booked as the Chairboys tried to run down the clock, knowing full well at this point that a win would see them promoted.

Four minutes added on, four torturous minutes, but when that final whistle it sparked jubilant, emotional and most definitely unforgettable scenes. The Chairboys are on their way to League One!

Attendance: 5,679 (1,131 Wycombe)

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Chesterfield (A, 28/04)

See you at the Proact Stadium.

16 April 2018

Tickets for the Sky Bet League Two match at Chesterfield on Saturday 28th April (k.o. 3pm) are now only available on arrival at the Proact Stadium.

Wanderers sold 1,057 tickets in advance, from a total allocation of 1,880 seats in the North Stand (all seated, under cover).

Supporters can buy on arrival; prices are as follows.

Adults: £20
Seniors (65+): £13
Ages 17-20: £10
16 and under: £8

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from 1.30pm from Chesterfield's stadium on the day of the game.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: S41 8NZ (older sat navs please use S41 8LF)

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M1 (M40 to Junction 10, then A43 towards Northampton). Carry on the M1 to Junction 29. Exit here and take 2nd exit onto the A617 (signposted Chesterfield). After 5.2 miles at roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A61 (signposted Sheffield, Worksop). At the next roundabout take the 1st exit at the Tesco’s roundabout (Lockford Lane). At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Sheffield Road, B6057. The stadium is on the left just past Tesco’s entrance.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 145 (average journey time 2 hours 30 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
Note that the club car park is for permit holders only. There is nearby street parking available on side roads off the Sheffield road - if you arrive early enough. Don't think about parking in the nearby Tesco store, as the car park is patrolled on match days and you may end up having your car towed away.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 09.30. Travel prices are £22 for adults, £21 for seniors, and £20 for juniors. The price for non-members is £27 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday 26th April at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
I have heard that there will be engineering works that will affect the East Midlands Trains service out of London St Pancras International on the day. Travel will be possible out of Kings Cross or Euston but with a minimum of one change. Chesterfield railway station is walkable from the stadium, although it does take between 20 and 30 minutes. If you wish to travel to the ground by bus a 5-minute walk into the town centre will enable you to catch a bus from Cavendish Street. The Club also has a shuttle bus which departs from Rose Hill by the Town Hall.

Facilities for away fans
Away supporters are normally housed in the Rubicon Print Stand at the north end of the stadium, where up to 2,112 supporters can be seated. Unlike most new stadiums, fans are housed pretty close to the pitch, ensuring good views of the playing action. The leg room is good too. The concourses are built to a high standard, with large flat screen to keep fans entertained. Note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles, entrance is by ticket only. Away fans can purchase their tickets from the small portakabin located outside the Rubicon Print (North) Stand.

Spare time before or after match?
Just across Sheffield Road from the Proact Stadium is the Spireite Pub. The pub has been recently refurbished and welcomes both home and away supporters. Nearest hostelry to the away end is the ‘Derby Tup’, a five minute walk along Sheffield Road. Further on the same road you come to the handily located North Sea Fish and Chip shop and also the Red Lion pub. Other pubs located near to the stadium such as the Stonegravels, do not admit away fans. Whilst the nearby Donkey Derby Pub which also offers food, is very busy on match days and is predominantly for home supporters. If you are in the town centre “The Rutland Arms” just by the church with the famous crooked spire is well worth a visit. Alcohol is also served inside the ground.

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