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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Colchester

All you need to know.

12 January 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Colchester United
Saturday 13th January 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: John Busby

Twenty games to fulfil the promotion dream. Wanderers saw their cup adventure come to an end last weekend but now all eyes are on a top seven finish in Sky Bet League Two, with old foes Colchester next up at Adams Park.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men were enjoying unprecedented success on home turf, winning six consecutive matches at Adams Park for the first time in their EFL era, but defeats to Mansfield and Preston have just taken the gloss off what was becoming a sparkling record in south Bucks.

Their previous home defeat in the league – prior to Mansfield – came against Luton in September, and they followed that with four wins on the bounce, starting with a 2-1 triumph at Colchester.

They’ll be looking to repeat that show of resilience when they renew acquaintances with the U’s, who’ve won just one of their last five games but do possess the talents of the newly crowned Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month, Sammie Szmodics.

Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth says injury woes are mounting up at Adams Park, with Anthony Stewart, Sido Jombati and Michael Harriman being joined by a couple more players during the week, although Scott Kashket is available again after making his long-awaited return last Saturday. Arsenal loanee Tafari Moore goes straight into the squad after joining on Friday.

Colchester’s long-term absentees Luke Prosser and Brennan Dickenson are edging closer to a return but this weekend is likely to come too soon, while Kyel Reid’s loan spell ended last weekend.

Man in the middle
John Busby has shown 77 yellow and four red cards in his 30 matches so far, which have included Colchester’s wins over Mansfield and Swindon.

He officiated in two Wycombe victories last season; the 5-1 thrashing of Crewe and the 1-0 success at Newport.

Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Friday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. 

Arriva operate a matchday service at a standard fare of £3 single or £4 return, irrespective of where passengers join or leave the service. Children aged 11 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return). 

Saturday 3pm kick-offs:
Handy Cross Hub – 12.55 and 13.55
Rail Station – 13.05 and 14.05
Frogmoor – 13.10 and 14.10
Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
Adams Park – 13.30 and 14.30

The return service will depart from Adams Park approximately 20 minutes after full-time, calling at the same pick-up/drop-off points.

Fares will be charged as follows:

Adult Single: £3
Adult Return: £4
Child Single: £1.50
Child Return: £2

Children are classed as ages 11 and under.

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 2.30pm, 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.

Where to go
Buying tickets for this game - Ticket Office 1 (from 12pm)
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries and tickets for away games - 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 - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop
Kids zone - the WWSET inflatable target practice will be outside the marquee.

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Mini ale festival in operation. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace, and after the game
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee –away fans only.

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

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

Joe Jacobson is the cover star while inside there’s a recap of Wanderers’ only home win to date over Colchester in the EFL, plus photos from Simon Webbe’s recent visit to Adams Park ahead of next May’s Sellebrity match.

Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

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 £ 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
10am - shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
1pm - collection point at blue pod open.
1pm - players begin to arrive.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.10pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3pm - kick-off.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Caledonian Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Monty's open.
5.15pm – Q&A in the Caledonian Suite

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 3-1 Colchester

Akinfenwa, Cowan-Hall and O'Nien target for the Chairboys.

13 January 2018

Wycombe completed a first ever EFL double over old foes Colchester United thanks to goals from Adebayo Akinfenwa, Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke O’Nien at Adams Park.

Wanderers took the lead when Craig Mackail-Smith’s exquisite cross provided the opportunity for Akinfenwa to nod home, and it was 2-0 when Cowan-Hall drilled home with the help of a deflection following a corner.

The best of the bunch arrived on 75 minutes when O’Nien let fly with an outstanding volley from 20 yards which gave the keeper no chance, but the U’s gave themselves hope when Sammie Szmodics found the bottom corner with a smart curling effort from 20 yards.

Gareth Ainsworth handed debuts to Tafari Moore and Nathan McGinley after the defensive duo completed loan moves from Arsenal and Middlesbrough respectively on Friday, while Craig Mackail-Smith and Paris Cowan-Hall returned to the attack.

Moore was involved early on, exchanging the ball neatly with Luke O’Nien down the right before beating his man and chipping in a cross, but the ball was too high for Adebayo Akinfenwa to reach.

Colchester went closer, forcing a smart reflex save from Scott Brown when Tom Eastman’s cross picked out Kurtis Guthrie, but his diving header was too close to the keeper and the ball bounced to safety.

McGinley’s crossfield ball to Akinfenwa led to an opening once Paris Cowan-Hall had laid the ball into the path of Matt Bloomfield, but he could only fire over the top after being forced away from goal.

Then Sam Saunders curled a free-kick into the arms of Sam Walker, before the deadlock was broken thanks to the ‘golden oldie’ combination of Craig Mackail-Smith and that man Akinfenwa. A quickly-taken throw gave Mackail-Smith the chance to whip in the perfect cross for the Beast to stoop and head past Walker for his 14th of the season – and silence those mocking the ‘fat’ forward from the away end.

The assist was a work of art, but the lead was almost short-lived as Ryan Inniss’s dangerous header was cleverly tipped over the bar by Brown before Moore was well-placed to divert the ball for a corner as the U’s looked to pounce from the corner that followed.

Wycombe swung the action to the other end and earned their second goal by showing strength and desire to keep the ball alive following a corner. Firstly Dan Scarr hooked the ball back into danger, Luke O’Nien won his header against his marker and Mackail-Smith tapped it into the path of Paris Cowan-Hall, whose low drilled shot took a nick to beat the keeper and make it 2-0.

That determination filtered through to the other end of the pitch, where Moore and McGinley made brave blocks to receive raucous applause from their supporters, as the U’s opted for a more possession-based approach, looking for a way back into the game.

Sammie Szmodics should’ve done better when he dragged a shot wide on his left foot after finding space in the box, and the same player looped a chance over the bar from distance under pressure from Matt Bloomfield.

There were no changes at the interval, and a fairly settled start to the second period saw both keepers untroubled, with a low speculative shot from Drey Wright flying a couple of yards wide from distance.

Wright and O’Nien were both booked for separate fouls but in truth there was little sign of the typical derby animosity between the sides, with efforts being channelled in the right manner in a high-energy contest.

Wanderers were indebted to Brown for a fine flying save to his right to keep out Mikael Mandron’s piledriver after a free-kick was cleared to the forward on the edge of the box, and again when Frankie Kent turned the ball goalwards from the ensuring corner.

Gareth Ainsworth made his first chance on 70 minutes, introducing Nathan Tyson for Cowan-Hall, and his side went close to a third when Sam Saunders struck it sweetly from 20 yards, only for Walker to parry his shot and then claim the rebound from Bloomfield’s follow-up.

And they went even closer when Tafari Moore embarked on a phenomenal mazy run, leaving defenders trailing in his wake before his shot was tipped skywards by Walker and cleared off the line as Bloomfield rushed in.

But when the third goal came, there was no stopping it. A corner from the left was cleared out to Luke O’Nien and the midfielder let fly with an incredible left-footed volley which flew into the net like a rocket.

Colchester pulled one back almost immediately, when Sammie Szmodics found enough room on the edge of the box to bend a smart finish past Brown into the top corner.

Marcus Bean came on against his former club to take the place of Sam Saunders, helping to shore up the midfield as the clock ticked towards six minutes of added time.

And the Blues did what they needed to do to keep the points safe, returning to winning ways at Adams Park with a seventh home win in the last nine in all competitions.

Attendance: 4,386 (580 from Colchester)

50/50 Draw Numbers
Blue £1: 24244 (Prize: £589.00)
Orange £2: 32759 (Prize: £90.00)

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Ticket News

Tickets & hospitality: Colchester (H, 13/01)

Ticket information for the home game vs the U's.

9 January 2018

Book your ticket for the Chairboys' home game vs Colchester United on Saturday 13th January (k.o. 3pm).

Tickets for the match are priced as follows with a £2 discount if you purchase before 5pm on Friday 12th January.

Price Type Frank Adams Stand Beechdean Stand (Blocks C, D & E) Origin Family Stand Terrace
Adult (26-59) £22 £22 
Senior (60+) £19 £19 £15 £13
Young Adult (19-25) £17 £17 
Junior (12-18) £13 £13 £7 
Child (11 and under) £13 £13 

Call 01494 441118, visit the shop at Adams Park, or go online to book tickets. If purchasing online for the terrace, select 'Best Available' rather than 'Choose Seats'.

You have three options for receiving your tickets:

1) Have them posted to you (additional fee applies)
2) Collect them from Adams Park, either in advance or on the day of the game
3) Have the tickets sent to you via email, to print off and bring with you, or to show on your smart phone. The barcode is scanned at the turnstile to grant access.

VIP Hospitality
We have two fantastic options for you:

Honours Lounge
Enjoy a three-course meal, reserved car parking, programmes, teamsheets, half-time refreshments, top price ticket for the game and access to the Man of the Match presentation, all for just £50 per person. Season ticket holders can upgrade for only £25. 

Starter: Chipotle battered prawns on asian slaw with sweet chilli sauce.

Main: Roasted duck breast with blackberry sauce, potato puree and seasonal greens.

Dessert: Black forrest roulade.

Executive Box
Watch the game from the best seat in the house - outside your very own executive box. You'll receive 12 tickets, a one-course meal, reserved car parking, programmes, teamsheets, half-time refreshments, a player visit pre-match and a welcome in the matchday programme.  An executive box for this fixture costs £1,295 + VAT.

Call 01494 455766 or email to book your VIP hospitality package no later than 5pm on Tuesday 9th January.

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