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The Big Match Preview: Luton vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

30 January 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Luton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 30th January 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Kenilworth Road
Referee: Tim Robinson


The Chairboys’ 100% winning record in league games in 2018 faces its sternest test yet when they visit league leaders Luton Town on Tuesday evening, taking on the Hatters in front of a sold out away end.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men have had no game for 10 days due to Coventry City’s FA Cup involvement, giving Blues fans just about enough time to catch their breath again after the dramatic 3-2 victory at Crewe Alexandra last time out.

Coupled with the New Year’s Day win at Forest Green, the triumph in the north-west suggests the Wanderers are finding their rhythm again away from home, giving them confidence as they head to Kenilworth Road where Luton are unbeaten since October and have scored seven (or eight) goals on three different occasions.

An away win would lift Ainsworth’s side to second place in the table, while a home win would send Town 12 points clear at the summit with only 16 games to play. This one could be a cracker.

Team news
Sido Jombati (knee) and Adam El-Abd (calf) could return for the Chairboys, while Curtis Thompson links up with the matchday squad for the first time since his loan move from Notts County. Anthony Stewart (calf), Michael Harriman (broken leg) and Will De Havilland (hamstring) remain absent.

Luton’s top scorer Danny Hylton could be back after suffering from a hamstring complaint, but Jordan Cook is suspended and Luke Gambin, Alan McCormack and Scott Cuthbert are all expected to be out.

Man in the middle
Tim Robinson takes charge of a Wycombe game for the second time this season; he was the referee for the FA Cup win over Leatherhead – awarding a penalty and showing a red card – while he dished out 10 yellows in a Wanderers game at Portsmouth, sent off Marcus Bean at Carlisle and was at the centre of Plymouth’s query over the use of GPS trackers back in 2015.

So far this season he’s shown nine red cards and 96 yellows from his 31 matches in the middle.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters with light blue shorts and light blue socks for this fixture.

Tickets
Chairboys fans sold out their full allocation so there are no more available!

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: LU4 8AW

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the London bound M40 and then the M25 northbound (clockwise). Exit at Junction 21 then join the M1 motorway (signposted The North). Leave the M1 at Junction 11 and join the A505 towards Luton. Go through one set of traffic lights and at the 1st roundabout, turn right into Chaul End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left into Hatters Way. Whilst continuing down Hatters Way the ground will be seen on your left, although it is not accessible from this road. At the end of Hatters Way turn left and start looking for street parking from here on (the ground will now be on your left).

Mileage from High Wycombe = 42 (average journey time 45 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
There is no car park at the ground, and there is limited space available in the streets around the ground. If you are early, you can find a space close by, but the street parking fills up quite quickly. There is a multi-storey car park in the town centre. Follow the signs for the Galaxy Centre Leisure Complex. There is another large multi-storey car park at Luton railway station.

Fancy using the train?
Thameslink trains operate a very regular service from the capital (St Pancras International, Blackfriars, Farringdon etc.), average journey time is around 35 minutes. Luton station is around a 15min walk from the ground.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed on one side of the small, covered Oak Road Stand (on the Executive Stand side) at one end of the ground. We have an allocation of 772 tickets. The entrance to the Oak Stand is unusual.  The impression is of queuing to go into someone's house and then through their back garden and into the stand! There are a number of supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view. The leg room is tight – possibly one reason why away fans tend to stand.

Spare time before or after match?
There is not a great choice of hostelries around the ground and the Wetherspoons pub called the London Hatter on Park Street has now closed down. Apparently the Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road welcomes both home and away supporters. To find the club, with the away entrance in front of you, turn left and walk down to the bottom of Oak Road. Proceed through the small arcade of shops opposite and you will see the sign for the club between two shops. It has a large car park (charge made) and offers reasonably priced beer. Also close to the station and recommended is “The Bricklayers Arms” on High Town Road. At the ground itself there is a small bar just inside the away turnstiles serving both draught and bottled beers.

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Report: Luton 2-3 Wycombe

Chairboys beat the league leaders.

30 January 2018

A brace from Nathan Tyson after an opener from Paris Cowan-Hall saw the Chairboys record a superb 3-2 victory over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to his starting XI at Kenilworth Road as Adam El-Abd and Tyson came into the side, with Nathan McGinley dropping to the bench and Matt Bloomfield missing out through illness.

With much up for grabs, both sets of fans were in good voice as the game got underway, and it was Wanderers who would make the dream start as Cowan-Hall put the visitors ahead with just over 70 seconds played.

Dominic Gape released Tyson with a superb ball over the top. His shot was parried by Hatters keeper Marek Stech, it fell back to the forward who teed up Paris to smash home from the edge.

With the hosts in shock, Wycombe had a great chance to make it two as Tafari Moore picked out Tyson with a sublime cross on the right and his header was superbly saved by Stech with 5 minutes gone. Scarr would then be denied by Town’s stopper two minutes later as he connected with Jacobson’s corner.

After Luke Berry registered Luton’s first shot on target with curling effort from 25-yards on 10 minutes, the hosts gradually started to impose themselves on the game with Wycombe holding firm at the back.

Cowan-Hall could have had an unlikely double with 18 minutes gone as his cross-turned-shot almost snuck into the far corner, but went just past the frame of the goal.

Super last-ditch defending from Joe Jacobson kept the Chairboys in front on 20 minutes. Elliott Lee glided his way into the area and brought out a smart stop from Brown, and it looked like James Collins was going to tap in the rebound only for the Wanderers full-back to come out of nowhere to deny him with a block.

The Hatters began to look comfortable on the ball and the Chairboys had to look for the counter as they began to sit in. That almost paid off as Gape saw his goal-bound shot blocked on the edge with just under half-an-hour gone.

Straight up the other end and Brown provided the heroics again as he manged to tip Collins’ deflected shot around post. From the resulting corner the ball was nodded down into the path of E.Lee, six-yards out with his back to goal, but the frontman couldn’t make contact.

E.Lee then managed to get a yard from Scarr on the edge of the area on 35 minutes, but could only curl over the bar as frustration from the home stands was creeping in.

Against all odds, Wycombe had two with just over five minutes of the half remaining.  JJ's corner was nodded down to Tyson in acres of space; he chested and bundled it over the line despite the defenders’ best efforts.

Wanderers couldn’t hold their two-goal advantage into the interval however, as after Brown initially made a great stop with his legs, the ball came back out to E.Lee who found the far corner on 44 minutes.

Half-time: Luton Town 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers

Luton would fashion the first chance after the restart as E.Lee turned Scarr and hit one from outside the area which Brown got down and held on 52’.

Luton made their first switch with just over 30 minutes to go, Johnny Mullins was replaced as Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu entered the field.

Brown showed superb reflexes yet again to deny an Alan Sheehan free-kick on the edge. The defender tried to hit it low and hard through a crowd of bodies but the Chairboys keeper got across to flick it around the post on 66’. Nathan Jones rolled the dice again two minutes later as Harry Cornick came on in place of Andrew Shinnie.

Then, counter-attacking football at its finest. After a Luton attack broke down, Gape flicked the ball over the top for Tyson in acres, he bore down on goal and slotted it through Stech’s legs to restore the Chairboys’ two-goal advantage, sparking wild celebrations in the away end.

Tyson would then be replaced by Craig Mackail-Smith with 15 minutes remaining to a deserved standing ovation from the away support. The referee didn’t like how long it took him to leave the pitch however and booked him.

Luton were right back in it on 78 minutes as E.Lee bagged a brace after smashing home the rebound after Brown had denied the original effort from the forward.

Wycombe made a double sub on 82 minutes as Scott Kashket and Curtis Thompson came on in place of Cowan-Hall and Moore.

Kashket had a couple of chances to seal it with time running out. Firstly seeing his curling shot deflect wide and then turned Gape’s drive goalwards, bringing out a good save from Stech.

Luton should have been level with less than a minute of normal time remaining as Cornick was played clean through. He couldn’t beat the brick wall that is Brown however, as he denied him with his chest after narrowing the angle.

NINE minutes were added on, yes nine, but Wycombe held firm and recorded a memorable victory to send them into second place.

Attendance: 8,564 (791 Away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Luton (A, 30/01) - SOLD OUT

No more tickets available.

29 January 2018

Tickets for Wycombe's Sky Bet League Two game at Luton Town on Tuesday 30th January (k.o. 7.45pm) are now sold out.

The fixture was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday 6th January, but was rearranged due to both clubs' involvement in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

This is an all-ticket match for Wanderers fans, meaning they must have purchased in advance and NO tickets will be available to buy on the night.

The confirmation of the our sold out allocation means there will be 772 Wanderers fans at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: LU4 8AW

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the London bound M40 and then the M25 northbound (clockwise). Exit at Junction 21 then join the M1 motorway (signposted The North). Leave the M1 at Junction 11 and join the A505 towards Luton. Go through one set of traffic lights and at the 1st roundabout, turn right into Chaul End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left into Hatters Way. Whilst continuing down Hatters Way the ground will be seen on your left, although it is not accessible from this road. At the end of Hatters Way turn left and start looking for street parking from here on (the ground will now be on your left).

Mileage from High Wycombe = 42 (average journey time 45 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
There is no car park at the ground, and there is limited space available in the streets around the ground. If you are early, you can find a space close by, but the street parking fills up quite quickly. There is a multi-storey car park in the town centre. Follow the signs for the Galaxy Centre Leisure Complex. There is another large multi-storey car park at Luton railway station.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 17.00. Travel prices are £13 for adults, £12 for seniors, and £11 for juniors. The price for non-members is £18 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Sunday 28th January at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
Thameslink trains operate a very regular service from the capital (St Pancras International, Blackfriars, Farringdon etc.), average journey time is around 35 minutes. Luton station is around a 15min walk from the ground.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed on one side of the small, covered Oak Road Stand (on the Executive Stand side) at one end of the ground. We have an allocation of 772 tickets. The entrance to the Oak Stand is unusual.  The impression is of queuing to go into someone's house and then through their back garden and into the stand! There are a number of supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view. The leg room is tight – possibly one reason why away fans tend to stand.

Spare time before or after match?
There is not a great choice of hostelries around the ground and the Wetherspoons pub called the London Hatter on Park Street has now closed down. Apparently the Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road welcomes both home and away supporters. To find the club, with the away entrance in front of you, turn left and walk down to the bottom of Oak Road. Proceed through the small arcade of shops opposite and you will see the sign for the club between two shops. It has a large car park (charge made) and offers reasonably priced beer. Recommended in the town centre on the Bedford Road, only a few minutes’ walk from the train station is the “English Rose”. Also close to the station and recommended is “The Bricklayers Arms” on High Town Road. At the ground itself there is a small bar just inside the away turnstiles serving both draught and bottled beers.

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