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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Bristol Rovers

All you need to know.

29 August 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and much more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Bristol Rovers
Tuesday 29th August 2017, k.o. 7.45pm
Adams Park
Referee: James Linington

Following victories in the league for both sides at the weekend, it’s time for some Checkatrade Trophy action at Adams Park in the first of three group stage matches.

West Ham U23s have already beaten Swindon to take their place at the top of Southern Group C, and Wanderers will hope to follow suit as they aim for another successful run in the competition, having reached the semi-final last time around.

Rovers didn’t win any of their three group games last season so boss Darrell Clarke will eye improvements, although both sides are likely to make changes to their regular league XIs in the name of squad rotation.

If scores are level after 90 minutes, there’ll be a penalty shootout in the ABBA format to determine which side earns an extra point.

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth could hand a debut to new loan signing Josh Umerah, having acquired the striker from Charlton Athletic.

Man in the middle
It’s been two years since James Linington was last in charge of a Wanderers fixture – a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient – and he’s officiated five matches so far this campaign, showing 25 yellow and no red cards in total.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for juniors (18 and under), and home fans can purchase on arrival, though it’s all-ticket for Pirates fans which means they must have bought a ticket through their club in advance.

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.

Wycombe Railway Station – 17.50 and 18.50
Eden Bus Station – 18.00 and 19.00
Cressex Park & Ride – 18.10 and 19.10
Adams Park – 18.20 and 19.20

Adams Park – 21.45
Cressex Park & Ride – 21.55
Eden Bus Station – 22.05
Wycombe Railway Station – 22.15

In the event of penalties, the inbound service will wait until around 20 minutes after the conclusion of the match.

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 7.15pm, 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.

Dayle Southwell is the cover star of tonight’s edition, priced at £1.50. Inside are the manager’s column, a review of last year’s Trophy run, details on the visitors and a look back at previous encounters.

Where to go
Buying tickets for this game - Ticket Office 1 (from 5.30pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries - 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 - Ticket Office 1
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 6pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Monty's - away fans only. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - closed.

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

The BBQ, which serves burgers, hot dogs and steak burgers, will also be open at half-time, close to the entrance to the Caledonian Suite.

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

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 find and the other 50% goes to support club projects.

Matchday timetable
9am - phone lines and shop open.
5.30pm - Ticket Office open.
5.45pm - players begin to arrive.
6pm - Caledonian Suite & Monty's bars open.
6.15pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
6.45pm - teams announced via Twitter.
6.55pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
7pm - warm-up begins.
7.40pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
7.45pm - kick-off.
8.30pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean Stand & terrace have access to the Caledonian Suite.
8.45pm - second half commences.
9.30pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite open.

Can't make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole on the club's new and improved audio and video service. Note there will be no live stream for overseas fans for fixtures in this competition.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 1-5 Bristol Rovers

Pirates come from behind to win Checkatrade Trophy group stage clash.

29 August 2017

Wycombe suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers in the opening group stage match of the Checkatrade Trophy at Adams Park.

Dayle Southwell's early strike proved to be a false dawn as the Pirates came roaring back with goals from Dom Telford (two), Ryan Broom (two) and Liam Sercombe.

Gareth Ainsworth made six changes to the side that won 3-2 at Grimsby at the weekend, with Sido Jombati, Jack Williams, Marcus Bean, Dayle Southwell and Nick Freeman coming into the side, with new signing Josh Umerah making his debut leading the Chairboys attack.

Wycombe began the game on the front foot and took the lead inside the first four minutes. Freeman played a deep corner which was headed back across goal by Bean and Southwell was there to nod home for his first of the season.

Freeman and Southwell almost combined again four minutes later as the winger used good trickery to gain a yard of space before whipping in a low cross which just evaded Dayle in the box.

Bristol Rovers levelled the scores on nine minutes as Telford forced his way through and tucked it away with aplomb. 

Wanderers continued with some confident passing moves. Michael Harriman's low cross was almost turned into his own net by  Tom Broadbent, but Jonny Burn was there to save his blushes just before the half-hour mark.

Wanderers had another great chance to retake the lead as Dominic Gape was played through, Sam Slocombe denied the midfielder before the ball dropped loose to Umerah who's effort was deflected wide.

Ainsworth's side were made to pay for not taking advantage of their dominance as Rovers clincally turned the game on its head as Telford got his second on 42 minutes as he headed in.

Half-time: Wycombe 1-2 Bristol Rovers

Rovers came flying out the traps in the second half, leaving the Chairboys cold. Rory Gaffney sent a warning sign as he was twice denied in the early stages of the restart.

The Gas doubled their advantage as Broom tapped home a tidy move from the visitors on 54 minutes.

The Chairboys went close to cutting the defecit; firstly Jombati headed wide from a corner and then Southwell missed a one-on-one after being played in by Luke O'Nien.

The game was pretty much put to bed on 63 minutes as Sercombe hit one from 30-yards, beating Scott Brown all ends up.

Umerah, who had made bright start to life at Adams Park,  was denied a debut goal by the assistant's flag on 74 minutes, as he bundled home substitute Anthony Stewart's header from a corner.

Late chances from an O'Nien free kick and a Freeman shot from just outside the box came to nothing, and there was to be a late blow as Broom scored an almost identical goal to his first from a Telford low-ball.

A humbling defeat for Wanderers who now look to pick themselves up ahead of the visit of Forest Green Rovers in Sky Bet League Two this weekend.

50/50 Result: £1 Draw (186.50) - 04733

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Bristol Rovers, Checkatrade Trophy (H, 29/08)

Tickets for the Chairboys' first Checkatrade Trophy group game are now on sale.

28 August 2017

Tickets for Wycombe's opening Checkatrade Trophy Group C game vs Bristol Rovers (H) are now on sale.

The Chairboys, who got to the semi-final stage of the competition in 2016/17, are joined in their group by Rovers, West Ham United U21s and Swindon Town this time around.

Ticket prices for the game on Tuesday 29th August (k.o.7:45pm), are priced as follows:

Adults (19-59): £10
Seniors (60+): £10
Juniors (18 and under): £5

Please note: The Origin Family Stand and Frank Adams Stand are closed for this fixture.

Book online, call the ticket office on 01494 441118, or buy in person at Adams Park.

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