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The Big Match Preview: Stevenage vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

8 December 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

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.

Team News
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.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their first-choice home strip for the game at Stevenage.

Tickets
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

Travel
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.

Can’t make it?
Listen live on iFollow – or watch live if you live overseas – while you can also follow updates across the club’s social media channels.

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Match Reports

Report: Stevenage 0-0 Wycombe

Read the report from the Lamex Stadium.

9 December 2017

Wycombe left the Lamex Stadium with a point following a 0-0 draw with Stevenage.

Despite a first half effort from Scott Brown which could or could not have crossed the line, and a dominant second half display, it was to remain honours even with the Chairboys perhaps deserving more for their efforts.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the starting XI for this one, with Ebere Eze and Nick Freeman coming in for Sam Saunders and Dayle Southwell who dropped to the bench. There was also a spot in the squad for Nathan Tyson after two months out with a knee injury.

On a bitterly cold afternoon, Stevenage fashioned the game’s first opportunity on seven minutes as Matt Godden flicked a header wide from the penalty spot after a diagonal ball from deep found him in space.

At the other end, Freeman found a yard after Adebayo Akinfenwa laid it back on the edge, but his shot was comfortably stopped by Boro keeper, Joe Fryer.

A calamity at the back almost gifted the Chairboys the opener on ten minutes, as Fryer and Jack King collided as the former went to claim Joe Jacobson’s cross. The ball was spilled and went trickling towards the goal only for Fryer to dive on the loose ball at the last minute.

Then confusion at the other end, as Anthony Stewart sent a header under no pressure into the path of Godden, only for the defender to regain his composure and block the shot behind for a corner with 19 minutes played.

The first real chance went to the home side halfway through the first period, after clever work from Alex Samuel down the right to get away from Adam El-Abd and cut it back to Godden. His shot was then blocked into the path of Tom Pett who fired just over the bar.

Back came Boro, but they still failed to test Scott Brown when King got away from his marker as Joe Martin’s free-kick was whipped in from the right. The defender got a toe on it but couldn’t get it on target.

Both sides were struggling to find rhythm as both tried to force the issue. The Chairboys would go closest next, as Luke O’Nien stole a march and connected with Jacobson’s corner at the front-post only for Fryer to deny him with a solid save.

With just over five minutes remaining of the half, Craig Mackail-Smith showed great pace to get away from the defence. The ball broke into the path of Freeman after a 50/50 challenge with the keeper, but he fired wide.

Mackail-Smith was proving a thorn in the side of Stevenage as he looked to continuously get in behind the Boro backline. Freeman went close next however, with a drive to the near-post before a real moment of confusion, where for a minute it looked as though Brown, yes Scott Brown had given Wycombe the lead.

In added time, the Chairboys stopper’s long punt sailed over the head of Fryer, hit the underside of the bar and was cleared off the line. Incredible, but no goal given.

Half-time: Stevenage 0-0 Wycombe

Freeman tested the palms of Fryer in the crisp Stevenage air with the second half barely minutes old; the Stevenage keeper doing well to get down to his right to deny the forward.

Joe Jacobson got the game’s second booking after Pett had seen yellow in the closing stages of the first half. The Blues full-back brought down Samuel on halfway.

The hosts hit the side-netting on 53 minutes as Chris Whelpdale missed the target after being picked out by Martin at the back-stick.

Gareth Ainsworth then made a double switch on the hour mark, as Saunders and Tyson came on in place of Freeman and Eze. Stevenage themselves also made a change - Danny Newton on for Samuel.

Mackail-Smith continued to be a handful, this time sending a rasping low drive towards goal from 20-yards, which Fryer did well to hold on 66 minutes. Back he came again a couple of minutes later, driving at the Boro defence and seeing his shot deflect behind.

Wanderers were enjoying a strong spell, whipping balls into the danger zone with two corners and a free-kick with just over 15 minutes left to play. No winning ticket was found and Stevenage continued to survive.

Closer the Chairboys came; Sido Jombati crossing with precision to find Tyson, though he could only nod it wide on 79’.

Stevenage tried to regain control in the middle of the park, by bringing Tom Conlon on for Pett with ten minutes remaining.

The post was next to deny Wycombe as they looked to make it a grandstand finish. Brown’s free-kick from just inside his half found Akinfenwa in the box; with his back to goal he flicked it beyond Fryer but it smacked the woodwork.

With time running out, Jombati could only head wide from a corner before three minutes were added on at the end of the game.

0-0 was how it finished though as Wycombe stopped the rot on the road with a strong performance.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Stevenage (A, 09/12)

Get your ticket for the trip to the Lamex Stadium.

5 December 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League Two clash at Stevenage on Saturday 9th Decmber, 3pm kick-off.

We have been given given an initial allocation of 400 tickets in the South Stand, which are priced as follows (reserved seating):

Adult (22-59): £21
Concession (60+): £18
Under 22: £13
Under 16: £9
Under 12: £7

Please note: Ticket prices increase by £3 on the day of the game.

Family tickets are available in advance of the game only, and are priced as follows:

Family of three (one Adult, two U16s): £35
Family of four (two Adults, two U16s): £50

Concessions are Over 60, Students, UB40 holders, ambulant disabled, members of the Armed Forces/Emergency Services - proof of these is required.

Free matchday parking for 500 cars is available to fans at Fairlands Valley car park to the north of the ground. This is signposted from junction 7 of the A1(M). Please thn use the signposted underpass to cross the A602 to the stadium.

Any Chairboys supporters visiting Stevenage for the first time can take advantage of this fan guide on the club's official site - www.stevenagefc.com

To purchase tickets call 01494 441118, buy online, or visit the shop at Adams Park to book in advance.

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