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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Grimsby

Match sponsored by Wycombe Leisure Centre.

1 April 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Grimsby Town
Monday 2nd April 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Match Sponsor: Wycombe Leisure Centre
Charity Partner: Wycombe Homeless Connection


It’s a familiar tale on Monday with the scenario facing both sides being similar to the last fixture at Adams Park, when a stubborn Port Vale boosted their survival hopes with a point from a 0-0 draw to leave the Chairboys rueing a missed opportunity to extend the gap between the top three and the sides in the play-offs.

Now Gareth Ainsworth’s men meet a Grimsby side without a win since December and facing the very real possibility of a return to the National League after just two years back in the EFL. New boss Michael Jolley has collected two points from four games in charge, but both away games have resulted in heavy defeats, making it six successive losses on the road.

Both clubs drew 0-0 on Friday, with Wanderers keeping a four-point cushion above Notts County with a professional display against the Magpies, while Grimsby were held to a stalemate by Stevenage at Blundell Park.

Wycombe need a swift end to their four-game winless run at Adams Park, ahead a 12-day break enforced by the postponement of their visit to Lincoln which was due to take place next weekend.

Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.

Collection for Wycombe Homeless Connection
Volunteers from local charity Wycombe Homeless Connection will be opposite the marquee before the game to collect donated items – please click here to see a list of desired items and give what you can on Monday.

Team news

Curtis Thompson is available again for the Chairboys after being ineligible to face his parent club on Friday, while Dominic Gape could return after missing the clash with County due to a hamstring strain. Tafari Moore will be assessed after coming off at Meadow Lane, though Michael Harriman would be available to deputise having come through unscathed in his first appearance since breaking his leg in October. Sam Saunders could make the squad but Dan Scarr (ankle) and Anthony Stewart (knee) remain out.

Grimsby midfielder Luke Summerfield returned to the side on Friday while striker Jamille Matt could be fit again, but right-back Ben Davies, centre-back Karleigh Osborne and striker Simeon Jackson are all expected to be sidelined through injury.

Man in the middle
Christopher Sarginson returns to Adams Park having taken charge of the 2-1 loss to Mansfield in December.

In all he’s shown 122 yellow and five red cards in his 38 matches in the middle.

Tickets
Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Sunday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book.

This game marks the third of the Final Five fixtures, available as a bundle for £50 for adults and free in all seated areas for under 11s. Click here for information.

Travel
You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. Fans are advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow a little more time to account for any extra traffic around the town.

Arriva operate a matchday service at a standard fare of £3 single or £4 return, irrespective of where passengers join or leave the service. Children aged 11 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return). 

3pm kick-offs:
Handy Cross Hub – 12.55 and 13.55
Rail Station – 13.05 and 14.05
Frogmoor – 13.10 and 14.10
Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
Adams Park – 13.30 and 14.30

The return service will depart from Adams Park approximately 20 minutes after full-time, calling at the same pick-up/drop-off points.

Fares will be charged as follows:

Adult Single: £3
Adult Return: £4
Child Single: £1.50
Child Return: £2

Children are classed as ages 11 and under.

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 an additional club-run car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car.

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.

Blue badge holders are required to pre-book one of 15 complimentary parking spaces via the ticket office; otherwise the standard £5 charge applies.

Where to go
Buying tickets for this game - Ticket Office 1 (from 12pm)
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod to the right of Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries and tickets for away games - Ticket Office 1, window 4
Shop - through the shop doors
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
Kids zone - the WWSET inflatable target practice will be outside the marquee.

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Mini ale festival in operation. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace. May be busier than usual before the match due to closure of Woodlands Lounge. Open after the game with Q&A session at 5.15pm.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – closed due to flood damage. Members are being rehoused in the Honours Lounge and Caledonian Suite.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans.

All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.

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

Parklife
Scott Kashket is the cover star while inside there’s the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney, and Tom Hancock introduces the visitors.
 
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

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 £ tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize find and the other 50% goes to support club projects.

Matchday timetable
10am - shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
1pm - collection point at blue pod open.
1pm - players begin to arrive.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.10pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3pm - kick-off.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Caledonian Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite.

Can't make it?

Listen live on iFollow with Ollie Bayliss on the club's audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live. Click here for details.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 2-1 Grimsby

Read the report from Adams Park.

2 April 2018

Wycombe returned to winning ways with a hard fought but deserved 2-1 victory over struggling Grimsby.

The visitors led at half-time after a 15th minute strike from Martyn Woolford, but Adam El-Abd’s first goal for the club and Scott Kashket’s first in a year – in the space of eight second half minutes – ensured the three points belonged to the Chairboys, who stay third in League Two after a first home win in five.

Wanderers shaded the opening exchanges but ventures forward from Scott Kashket – making his first start since the last day of 2016/17 – and Michael Harriman – starting for the first time since October – ultimately posed no real threat.

It wasn’t long before Adebayo Akinfenwa got in on the action, although his header across the six-yard box was dealt with easily by the Mariners.

It didn’t take too long for Randell Williams to register an effort on his Chairboys debut, as he blazed a speculative effort over from just outside the box, before a Kashket cross from the right almost led to an opener, with the Town defence managing to scramble the ball clear.

The visitors then had their first real opening, but Scott Brown was able to comfortably hold Martyn Woolford’s low shot from inside the box.

A Joe Jacobson free-kick from the right at the other end led to nothing as the Blues continued to push for the opener, before Woolford took his chance after a quarter of an hour, beating Harriman down the left and firing a well-placed low shot past Brown.

With Grimsby continuing to sit deep, another Jacobson free-kick – this time from the left – momentarily threatened to cause trouble. Akinfenwa then saw his shot deflected behind shortly after as Wycombe kept up the pressure they’d been applying prior to the goal.

The Mariners threatened again after taking the ball up the pitch from the resulting corner, but a low ball across the area was easily dealt with and the Chairboys were able to come away with it.

Williams went close again after some neat link-up play with the Dominic Gape on the right-wing, playing in Gape to cross before heading into the hands of Town ‘keeper James McKeown. The visitors then threatened again as Luke Summerfield whipped in an enticing cross from the right, only for Harriman to avert the danger by heading it out for a throw-in.

Watford loanee Williams was involved again when he brought a good save out of McKeown with a low effort from 18 yards out, before the Mariners almost broke through on goal, only for Mitch Rose to be thwarted by Sido Jombati.

Wanderers then had the ball in the net, but Kashket’s header from barely a yard out – after Akinfenwa’s initial effort was deflected – was rightly disallowed for offside.

Summerfield then went close for Town with a decent header but the Blues were again able to deal with the danger and continue to push for the equaliser. Akinfenwa was next to go for goal, although his slightly speculative strike from just outside the box was easily held by McKeown.

Kashket was soon at it again, breaking with the ball after Jombati had headed a Town free-kick clear, before ultimately hitting a poor low shot from the right of the box.

McKeown was then forced into a brilliant save from Akinfenwa, diving low to his left to keep out the a close-range shot, after the original effort had been blocked. A free-kick soon followed for shirt-pulling on the Beast, but Jombati hit the dead ball straight into the Town wall.

HALF-TIME: WYCOMBE 0-1 GRIMSBY

Wycombe began the second half by applying good pressure with a number of long balls, but the equaliser continued to elude them. An unnecessary coming together between Mariners left-back Andrew Fox and Luke O’Nien then resulted in a booking apiece.

The home domination continued and Akinfenwa went agonisingly close to levelling things up when he headed a floated ball from Harriman off the top of the bar and behind. Kashket was then unable to get a clean shot off after some skilful play inside the box, and Grimsby again cleared.

But the equaliser did come on the hour mark. Jacobson’s exquisite free-kick from the right was dealt with but only momentarily, as in-form skipper Adam El-Abd smashed home his first goal for Wycombe with a no-nonsense strike from about 12 yards out. Game on.

With the Mariners firmly camped inside their own half – or even 18-yard box – the Blues’ second arrived just seven minutes later. Jombati’s flick-on from Jacobson’s perfectly weighted corner reached Kashket, who couldn’t miss with a stooping header at the far post from a couple of yards out. It was first goal since the 1-0 home win over Cambridge on the final day of last season.

Akinfenwa was eyeing his 19th of the season again soon after the restart, but his powerful hit from the edge of area flashed wide. The visitors then grew back into the game somewhat, winning a couple of corners, only for the big man to prove his versatility by dealing with both of them, before Mitch Rose came within inches of an equaliser with a low shot across goal.

Down the other end, substitute Nathan Tyson drilled a tempting ball across the box, only for it to evade everyone, but Wycombe were continuing to push hard for a third and a two-goal cushion.

Akinfenwa came closer still to breaking his own single season scoring record when McKeown recovered well to keep out a rebound with a good low stop, after Luke O’Nien had initially taken advantage of a defensive slip-up from Town.

Wanderers were looking well placed to secure the win but the Mariners weren’t done just yet; Jamille Matt might have done better from six yards out but Dominic Gape nonetheless did well to help keep the lead intact with a crucial last-ditch tackle.

A Grimsby corner brought McKeown up as the visitors rolled the dice one last time, but any danger was easily dealt with. Tyson then went close to a third but his driving effort sailed past the far post as Wycombe held on for another important win in the push for promotion.

Attendance: 5,215 (377 Grimsby)

Blue £1 (£704) - 04501
Orange £2 (£135) - 00851

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Ticket News

Tickets & hospitality: Grimsby (H, 02/04)

Ticket & hospitality information for our Easter Monday fixture vs the Mariners.

13 March 2018

Book your ticket for the Chairboys' home game vs Grimsby Town on Monday 2nd A (k.o. 3pm).

Tickets for the match are priced as follows with a £2 discount if you purchase online before midnight on Sunday 1st April.

Tickets purchased by calling the ticket office on 01494 441118, or by visiting the shop at Adams Park will need to be purchased by 5pm on Thursday 29th March to receive the £2 discount - please note that the club offices will be closed on Good Friday (30/03).

Price Type Frank Adams Stand Beechdean Stand (Blocks C, D & E) Origin Family Stand Terrace
Adult (26-59) £22 £22 
£17 
£15 
Senior (60+) £19 £19 £15 £13
Young Adult (19-25) £17 £17 
£13 
£11
Junior (12-18) £13 £13 £7 
£7
Child (11 and under) £13 £13 
FREE  N/A

Call 01494 441118, visit the shop at Adams Park, or go online to book tickets. If purchasing online for the terrace, select 'Best Available' rather than 'Choose Seats'.

You have three options for receiving your tickets:

1) Have them posted to you (additional fee applies)
2) Collect them from Adams Park, either in advance or on the day of the game
3) Have the tickets sent to you via email, to print off and bring with you, or to show on your smart phone. The barcode is scanned at the turnstile to grant access.

VIP Hospitality

We have two fantastic options for you:

Honours Lounge
Enjoy a three-course meal, reserved car parking, programmes, teamsheets, half-time refreshments, top price ticket for the game and access to the Man of the Match presentation, all for just £50 per person. Season ticket holders can upgrade for only £25.

Starter: Smoked Mackerel with Horseradish Pate with Pickled Beetroots.

Main: Confit Duck Leg with Braised Gem Lettuce, Peas, Bacon and Baby Potatoes.

Dessert: Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard.

Executive Box
Watch the game from the best seat in the house - outside your very own executive box. You'll receive 12 tickets, a one-course meal, reserved car parking, programmes, teamsheets, half-time refreshments, a player visit pre-match and a welcome in the matchday programme.

An executive box for this fixture costs £795 + VAT - Only one box left!

Call 01494 455766 or email commercial@wwfc.com to book your VIP hospitality package no later than 5pm on Tuesday 27th March.

Wycombe vs Grimsby Tickets

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