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Stevenage vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 9th December 2017, k.o. 3pm
The Lamex Stadium
Referee: Scott Duncan
So it’s back to Sky Bet League Two action for the Chairboys after two wins out of two whilst on cup duties last week.
Wanderers travel to Stevenage on Saturday looking to rediscover their form on the road which saw them go from late February to October without loss. Since that record came to an end at Swindon, Gareth Ainsworth’s men have not picked up a point away from Adams Park in the league.
For what they have lacked away, they have more than made up for at home however, going unbeaten since early September and winning their last four in all competitions. Wycombe go into this one in fifth position; four points off the automatic promotion spots and one clear of Swindon in eighth.
Looking to close the gap with a win against the Chairboys is Stevenage, who currently sit in 15th and seven points off Wycombe. The Emirates FA Cup proved a welcome distraction for the Boro as they put Swindon to the sword with an impressive 5-2 win at the Lamex. Darren Sarll’s side will have gained a much-needed boost from that triumph after going six games without a win in League Two.
Wanderers received a lift this week after Nathan Tyson and Scott Kashket returned to full training after lengthy spells on the sidelines. There are no new fresh injury concerns ahead of this one with Michael Harriman (broken leg) and Josh Umerah (ankle) continuing their rehabilitation.
In opposition Jack King, Danny Newton and Chris Whelpdale have all missed out on training this week and will assessed ahead of the game. Ben Kennedy returned to training this week, though this game may come too soon for him.
Man in the middle
Scott Duncan takes charge of his second Wanderers game this season; the first was the last-gasp 3-3 draw at Carlisle in October.
He’s shown 56 yellow and four red cards so far this campaign.
Wycombe will be in their first-choice home strip for the game at Stevenage.
Tickets are available on arrival at the Lamex Stadium at the following prices:
Adult (22-59): £24
Concession (60+): £21
Under 22: £16
Under 16: £12
Under 12: £10
By Adrian Wood
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at Junction 1A take the northbound M25 (signed Watford). Leave the M25 at Junction 21A and take the A405 (signed St Albans). After 2.1 miles at the Park Tree roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A414 (signed Hatfield). Continue on the A414 for almost 5 miles and then join the A1(M) motorway, signed ‘The North’. Leave the A1(M) at Junction 7 and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A602 (signed Stevenage, Ware). Follow the A602 towards the town centre and the floodlights will become visible on your right.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 46 (average journey 1 hour)
Suggested car parking area
Free match day parking for 500 cars is available to fans at Fairlands Valley car park to the north of the ground. This is clearly signposted as you enter Stevenage from Junction 7 of the A1(M). Please note fans are prohibited from parking in the nearby retail parks due to parking restrictions, exceeding which could result in fines. Parking is available in nearby residential streets - fans are asked not to block driveways.
Fancy using the train?
Great Northern operate a very regular service to Stevenage from London Kings Cross. There are about four or five departures an hour and the fastest services take only 19 minutes. Fast return trains are at 17:36, 18:06, 18:36 etc.
The Lamex Stadium is about a mile from the station. You can use the club’s shuttle bus service with Arriva that costs just £1 return and takes fans from the railway station and bus station directly to The Lamex Stadium. Services commence approx. two hours before kick-off on a Saturday and continue an hour after the final whistle. The shuttle departs from Stop N at the railway station and Stop K at the bus station.
Facilities for away fans
Away fans are located at one end of the ground in the South Stand. This is a single tiered all seated covered stand that can accommodate 1,390 fans. The stand was opened in 2001 and the facilities and views of the playing area are good. There is usually a good selection of catering on offer. There is a large Club House bar at the ground, behind the South Stand, which is popular with both home and away fans alike.
Spare time before or after match?
There are not many hostelries near to the ground. If you like real ale you may consider the 15 minute walk to the 'Our Mutual Friend' pub in Broadwater Crescent. Another option is “The Roebuck Inn” on London Road which is about a 10-minute walk away. The town centre is a 15-20 minute walk, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. The ‘Standard Bearer’ (a Wetherspoons’ outlet) located near the Bus Station has been popular with Chairboys fans in the past. Across the roundabout from the ground there is the “Roaring Meg” Retail Park that has various eating outlets such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds & Burger King, plus a Harvester restaurant bar.
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