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The Big Match Preview: Forest Green vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

31 December 2017

Team News, ticket information, travel and more.

Forest Green Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Monday 1st January 2018, k.o. 3pm
The New Lawn Stadium
Referee: Antony Coggins

New Year’s Day provides the Chairboys with a quick chance to bounce back from the weekend’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town, as they kick-off 2018 at Forest Green Rovers.

This will be the Chairboys first competitive visit to the New Lawn stadium, and they will look to get back to winning ways on the road after a run of six away games without a win.

Wycombe head into the fixture inside the play-off spots in sixth, three points off the automatic places, and face a Forest Green side desperate for points as the battle to avoid relegation heats up.

Mark Cooper’s side have not won in the league since 18th November and are currently on a run of three straight defeats, but just one win can be a catalyst for a revival, and Gareth Ainsworth’s men will have to be alert to ensure it is not they who provide it to Rovers.

When the two sides met in the reverse fixture in September, an outstanding first-half display set the Chairboys on their way to a first home win of the campaign in their first ever EFL meeting with FGR.

Paris Cowan-Hall struck first with a crisp low shot before Anthony Stewart and Luke O’Nien continued the barnstorming start to the match to put Wanderers out of sight in an eventual 3-1 win after Christian Doidge pulled one back.

Team News
Gareth Ainsworth will check on the fitness of Adam El-Abd and Marcus Bean after both have missed the Chairboys last few fixtures. Anthony Stewart will miss the game with a calf problem and Scott Kashket continues to edge closer to a return.

Dale Bennett is a doubt for Rovers after suffering an ankle injury against Carlisle on Saturday 23rd December.

Man in the Middle
Antony Coggins will take charge of this one, which will be his second game involving the Chairboys this season after overseeing the 4-0 home win over Crawley in November.

He has so far shown 45 yellow cards and 1 red this term.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their away orange and gunmetal grey strip for the game at Forest Green.

Tickets
This is an all-ticket game for Wanderers supporters, with tickets not available to purchase on the day of the match.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: GL6 0ET

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Don’t try and find Forest Green on your map; you need to look up Nailsworth, which is south of Stroud in Gloucestershire. The easiest, though not the shortest, route to Nailsworth is to take the westbound M4 as far as junction 18 where you take the northbound A46 towards Stroud. This will bring you to the centre of Nailsworth. When you reach the Information Centre take the first right at the mini-roundabout into Spring Hill, which goes up a steep hill sign posted Forest Green. The New Lawn is at the top of this hill. Turn left at the roundabout at the ‘summit’ into the stadium entrance.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 106 (average journey 1 hour 55 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
I am told that the only parking available in the club car park for visiting fans is if you are a blue badge holder who has pre-booked a space. A short distance away down the Nympsfield Road is Nailsworth Primary School which offers parking at £5 per car. Otherwise there is plenty of on-street parking in the centre of Nailsworth for free but the walk to the ground takes about 15 minutes and is up a steep hill!

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11:00. Travel Prices are £18 for adults, £17 for seniors and £16 for juniors. The price for non-members is £23 (no refund of game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). Bookings by phone or email would have needed to be completed by Thursday 28th December at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
This is not straightforward. There is no station at Nailsworth – the nearest station is Stroud (served by trains from Paddington) that is 5 miles away. The fastest journey from Paddington to Stroud is 1hr 38 minutes and a change is necessary at Swindon. Stagecoach does operate a bus service (no.63) between Stroud and Nailsworth. For anyone opting for the train, there are return services rom Stroud at 18:12 and 20:31 getting into Paddington at 20:11 and 22:11 respectively.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed in the West Terrace on one side of the ground. This terrace has a capacity of around 975 fans and runs the full length of the pitch. Turnstile numbers to use are 9 and 10. The terrace is uncovered so hope for fine weather! Apart from disabled fans, the club does not provide seating to visiting supporters. The entrance to the away terrace is at the back of the stadium from the main entrance and the access paths are quite narrow. Entrance to the ground is via electronic turnstiles, meaning that you will need to scan your ticket to gain admittance.

Spare time before the match?
There is a bar at the ground called the Green Man, which is built into the back of the Main Stand. This bar serves real ale from the Stroud Brewery and has hot food. However since promotion to the EFL this is mostly for home fans only.

The club though has set up a small marquee bar for visiting fans which is located near to the away turnstiles. There are some pubs and food outlets at the bottom of the hill in Nailsworth, which is about a 15 minute walk. One recommended hostelry is “The George” that can be reached via Burma Road and Seven Acres Road.

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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Report: Forest Green 1-2 Wycombe

Bloomfield and Mackail-Smith on target.

1 January 2018

Wycombe recorded an important away win to kick off 2018 as goals from Matt Bloomfield and Craig Mackail-Smith set them on the way at Forest Green.

The Blues were rampant in a first-half period in which they should have been out of sight, with Rovers being reduced to 10 men after Charlie Cooper was sent off.

But the league’s bottom side rallied and made a fight of it when Jack Fitzwater halved the deficit in style, though the Chairboys did enough to see the game out to return to winning ways.

Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to his side from the one that started in the 2-1 loss to Mansfield two days earlier; two were enforced with Sido Jombati and Paris Cowan-Hall sidelined due to injury, while Ebere Eze and Nathan Tyson dropped to the bench as Will De Havilland, Nick Freeman, Matt Bloomfield and Craig Mackail-Smith came into the team.

Wanderers started brightly, enjoying all of the early territory with Nick Freeman looking particularly lively, and it was he who had the game’s first chance, poking goalwards after the ball broke to him but keeper Bradley Collins gathered it at the second attempt.

Forest Green posed a threat from set pieces and Scott Laird sent a header goalwards from a corner, but Mackail-Smith was well-placed to nod it away from danger. Moments later, Forest Green’s top scorer Christian Doidge cut into the box and picked out the unmarked Dan Wishart, but his first-time shot was well saved by Scott Brown.

Akinfenwa sent a header into the arms of the keeper from a right wing cross on 11 minutes, and Collins was called upon again when Matt Bloomfield fizzed a low shot towards his near post from the edge of the box, tipping it behind for a corner.

From that set piece, the ball reached Bloomfield again on the 18-yard line and his drive was too hot to handle, with Collins parrying it into danger but Mackail-Smith was denied by an offside flag as he turned the rebound home.

In an end-to-end game, Wanderers broke from a Forest Green and Freeman fired into the side netting, and chances kept coming as Akinfenwa missed a golden opportunity, cushioning a volley wide from Freeman’s cross with just the keeper to beat. The ball stayed alive and Freeman cut it back for Sam Saunders, who curled a first-time effort towards the top corner but Collins parried it behind for a corner.

Freeman was at the heart of everything, and his quick feet took him past two defenders into the box before he fizzed a powerful cross at knee-height to Bloomfield, who made a connection but the ball looped onto the top of the crossbar.

It was excruciatingly one-way traffic and just a matter of time until the opening goal arrived – and Matt Bloomfield duly delivered. He was inches away from connecting with Freeman’s low cross but the chance stayed alive and when a cross fell for him eight yards out, he made no mistake  in firing home for his first goal of the campaign.

He could have had a second, driving a low shot across the face of goal but seeing it whistle narrowly wide, and Wycombe continued to turn the screw as O’Nien’s venomous cross-shot missed the head of Akinfenwa by inches.

Forest Green’s hopes of a comeback weren’t helped either by a red card shown to boss Mark Cooper’s son Charlie, whose nasty high tackle saw him land his studs in Luke O’Nien’s stomach, leading to the most straightforward of dismissals. Sam Saunders was booked for his part in a confrontation that followed, but it didn’t end there – Mark Cooper himself was sent to the stands for his protests.

It was almost 2-0 immediately after, as Freeman powered goalwards and fired towards the bottom corner after a one-two with Akinfenwa, but Collins tipped it behind.

From the delivery, the ball landed kindly for Mackail-Smith who did make it 2-0, lashing into the roof of the net from close range.

Rovers made an instant substitution, bringing on Keanu Marsh-Brown for Callum Evans, before Saunders whistled a shot into the stand behind the goal before the break.

Mackail-Smith did the same just as the half-time whistle blew, leaving Forest Green seemingly in need of miracles to turn things around.

Wycombe suffered a setback when Dominic Gape pulled up with an injury five minutes into the second period, with Marcus Bean taking his place, while Nathan Tyson came on soon after, replacing Matt Bloomfield.

Bean flashed a volley wide before Will De Havilland picked up a caution, but gradually Forest Green were building momentum and clawed their way back into the game with a sublime finish from Jack Fitzwater on 70 minutes. The substitute found space outside the box and unleashed an unstoppable curling effort into the top corner after Wanderers had struggled to efficiently clear a cross from the left.

Jordan Stevens lashed harmlessly wide before Wycombe made their final change, bringing on Ebere Eze for the final appearance of his loan spell from QPR as Mackail-Smith made way.

But still Forest Green came forward; Reece Brown lashed over the top before Omar Bugiel came off the bench to replace Stevens, while Akinfenwa planted a header wide after O’Nien and Freeman combined well for the latter to cross to the six-yard box.

Eze blasted a free-kick over the bar before another golden chance presented itself as Sam Saunders burst forward with Wycombe 3-on-3 with Forest Green; his shot was turned skywards by Collins and Akinfenwa couldn’t quite convert as it bounced wide for a corner.

Tyson then fizzed in a low shot from 30 yards which was well diverted wide by Collins, before Forest Green broke from a corner and Fitzwater’s shot was just too high from 20 yards as they sought a leveller.

Then Scott Brown did well to hold a low shot from Keanu Marsh-Brown, before Tyson closed down Collins’ clearance but the ball fell safe for a throw.

There were six minutes of added time at the end of the game, which saw nervy moments at both ends, plus a yellow card for Luke O’Nien, but Wycombe held on to ensure they begin 2018 with a win – even if they did it the hard way in that second half.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Forest Green (A, 01/01) ALL-TICKET

Get your ticket for the trip to the New Lawn Stadium.

28 December 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League Two clash at Forest Green Rovers on Monday 1st January, 3pm kick-off.

This is an all-ticket game for Wanderers supporters, with tickets not available to purchase on the day of the game.

We have been initially allocated just over 600 tickets for the fixture on New Year's Day in the West Stand terrace (standing, uncovered) of the New Lawn Stadium. Disabled and ambulant disabled supporters are housed in the East Stand (seating, covered).

Tickets for the match are priced as follows:

Adult: £16
Senior (65+): £12
Young Adult: £8
Junior (U16): £5
Kids (U11): Free with an adult ticket.

Parking: Parking is available at the neighbouring school, within easy walking distance (90m) from the stadium - £5 cars, mini bus £10, coach £20.

By train: If travelling by train, the nearest station is Stroud.

Tickets will go off-sale on Friday 29th December, 5pm.

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

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